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.