The Miniaturist

Jessie Burton
Reading Order: Book 8
Categories: 2020, Stuart Browning
Pages: 419
Suggested By: TV Show & My Wife
Date Started: February 6, 2020
Date Finished: February 12, 2020
Reason Book was Chosen: My wife has read the book and recorded the BBC television miniseries adaptation back in 2017 but we haven’t got round to watching it yet. I said I’d watch the TV adaptation but would prefer to read the novel first to see how it stacks up and as such I’ve added it to this year’s reading list.
My Thoughts

I went into this novel blind, not really knowing anything about it, what it was about, when it was set or anything. So after reading the first few chapters I wasn’t really sure what I felt about it. It just seemed a little odd. However it picked up and the characters started to come through. I really enjoyed how Burton developed the characters and relationships of the members of the household of Nella, Johannes, Marin, Cornelia and Otto.

The introduction of the Miniaturist as a plot device was very clever, it wasn’t really required but gave the novel an almost whodunit feel to it. All in all I wasn’t really expecting much from this novel but I actually ended up really enjoying it.

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