by Jessie Burton
Published: January 1, 2014
Genre: Fiction/Historical/Magical Realism/Bookclub
How Did I Get It? I participated Secret Book Valentine on tumblr, and this was gift from my Secret Book Valentine, amusingnickname.
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office-leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin.
But Nella’s world changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. To furnish her gift, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist-an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways . . .
Johannes’ gift helps Nella to pierce the closed world of the Brandt household. But as she uncovers its unusual secrets, she begins to understand-and fear-the escalating dangers that await them all. In this repressively pious society where gold is worshipped second only to God, to be different is a threat to the moral fabric of society, and not even a man as rich as Johannes is safe. Only one person seems to see the fate that awaits them. Is the miniaturist the key to their salvation . . . or the architect of their destruction?
Enchanting, beautiful, and exquisitely suspenseful, The Miniaturist is a magnificent story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth.
So. Many. Feels. Honestly felt like I was run over by a bulldozer of emotions while I read this!
It starts out with Nella arriving in Amsterdam to begin her married life with her husband, Johannes. When she arrives at their house, she is greeted by his sister, Marin. She is sharped-tongued and forbidding, someone Nella wants to figure out. What she finds in that household is a mystery, which all starts with Johanne’s gift of a miniature house. As she begins to uncover the mysteries of the house, she finds out things that shock her to her core, but also force her to be the strong one in the family.
I swear, it seemed like chapter after chapter had a shocking revelation to them, and I often times felt like I needed a glass of wine and a box of kleenex after reading each one. This book was so well written and engaging, giving the reader a glimpse into this repressively pious society. By the end, I was definitely crying. There are so many shocks in this book, that I don’t want to go into too much detail and giveaway a thread that might be important. All I will say is READ THIS BOOK!