The Miniaturist, Jessie Burton

A really beautiful cover!But still,don’t judge a book by its cover!

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It was the beautiful cover and intriguing title of The Miniaturist that caught my eye in the window of Waterstones. The eager recommendation of the cashier after reading the blurb, sealed its fate that I had to read it.

The novel opens at an easy pace, befitting of the chapter’s content. There are no introductions as such but you get a good sense of the types of people who surround our leading characters. Chapter one couldn’t have provided a more varied group of people. The nervousness of Nella Oortman is almost palpable, but the sense of intrigue remains constant throughout.

Burton invites the reader in with a haunting feeling of desolation. This is made all the more poignant by Burton’s use of the third person pronoun, you couldn’t get further away from knowing Nella and her sister-in-law Marin. For me this only made me want to dig a little deeper. 

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