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The Miniaturist [Kindle Edition]

Jessie Burton
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The phenomenal Number One Bestseller



Winner of the Specsavers National Book Award 2014



Waterstones Book of the Year 2014



Selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club 2015



There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed . . .



On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt, but instead she is met by his sharp-tongued sister, Marin. Only later does Johannes appear and present her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. It is to be furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in unexpected ways . . .



Nella is at first mystified by the closed world of the Brandt household, but as she uncovers its secrets she realizes the escalating dangers that await them all. Does the miniaturist hold their fate in her hands? And will she be the key to their salvation or the architect of their downfall?



Beautiful, intoxicating and filled with heart-pounding suspense, Jessie Burton's magnificent debut novel The Miniaturist is a story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth.



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The Miniaturist is that rarest of things - beautifully written, yet also a compelling page-turner. It's haunting, magical, and full of surprises, the kind of book that reminds you why you fell in love with reading -- S. J. Watson, author of BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP A fabulously gripping read that will appeal to fans of Girl With a Pearl Earring and The Goldfinch, but Burton is a genuinely new voice with her visceral take on sex, race and class ... Burton writes great complex female characters Observer A terrific novel: compelling cast, gripping plot, writing to savour -- Nathan Filer, author of THE SHOCK OF THE FALL A remarkable debut - complex, involving and deeply atmospheric -- Deborah Moggach, author of TULIP FEVER Utterly transporting, The Miniaturist is one of those rare debut novels that excels in every regard. The past is brought to life in potent, sensory detail: one feels steeped in it. Burton's prose beguiles the reader, while a riptide of a plot takes hold with an unrelenting grip of suspense. My first instinct on finishing this book was to immediately read it again -- Hannah Kent, author of BURIAL RITES The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton is set in 17th century Amsterdam where a trader presents his new wife Nella with a miniature replica of their home. Its tiny occupants mirror their real-life counterparts and show Nella what grave dangers lie in wait. -- Hot Books of 2014 Daily Express A delight on every page, The Miniaturist completely immerses the reader in sumptuous but strict seventeenth-century Amsterdam. Like the intricately crafted doll's house at the centre of the novel, there is a surprise behind each closed door and curtain - hidden worlds of deceit and seduction, guilds and guilders, candied walnuts and sugar loaves. Burton's novel is lovingly done, and exquisite to read -- Naomi Wood, author of MRS. HEMINGWAY Utterly beguiling and impeccably written. I am missing the characters already -- Emylia Hall, author of THE BOOK OF SUMMERS The next big thing... Incredibly well-written, beautifully plotted Evening Standard I was so gripped that I walked about the house reading it, reluctant to put it down -- Maria McCann, author of THE WILDING A talented new writer of historical fiction... In a debut that evokes Old Master interiors and landscapes, Burton depicts a flourishing society built on water and trade, where women struggle to be part of the world... With its oblique storytelling, crescendo of female empowerment and wrenching ending, this novel establishes Burton as a fresh and impressive voice Kirkus It's 1686, in Amsterdam. After meeting her husband just once, at their wedding, 18-year-old Nella Oortman walks into her new and hostile home. But when her husband gives her a doll's house, he unwittingly provides her with the key to her empowerment. Preoccupying, to the final sentence Vogue A historical tale of sex and class in 17th-century Amsterdam. If you tore through Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch, you'll love it' Evening Standard Burton has created a complex, feminist story with a supernatural twist Harper's Bazaar It grabs you from the off... Like nothing you've read before Glamour The book of the summer... Everything changes when [Nella] uncovers her husband's biggest secret, and what follows is a tender, genuinely inspiring and surprisingly feisty coming of age story The Debrief Mines seventeenth-century Amsterdam for a slowly closing vice of historical suspense... compared to the best of Sarah Waters and Emma Donoghue... gender issues, class struggles and a possibly clairvoyant miniature-furniture designer New York Magazine Sumptuous... As in all good historical novels, the setting is a major character; in this case the city of Amsterdam with its waterways and warehouses... teems with period detail. Myriad plot twists Publishers Weekly Exquisite... Burton conjures up a vivid sense of unease, where nothing is quite as it seems... Mesmerising and suspenseful, Nella's story deals with themes like obsession, perception and truth, and brilliantly describes how she learns to be the mistress of her own destiny in a constrained, claustrophobic world. Unmissable Psychologies Among my favourite debuts this year -- Fanny Blake Woman & Home A gorgeously written first novel Good Housekeeping Burton's accomplished debut novel, The Miniaturist, is a compelling, atmospheric literary thriller... While Burton's portrait of 17th-century Amsterdam is entirely convincing, this is no more straightforward historical fiction than Peter Carey's Oscar and Lucinda or Sarah Waters' Fingersmith... Sunday Times Rolls together feminism, prophecy and 17th-century Amsterdam into a glittering, suspense-powered plot... Like A S Byatt, Burton is very good at conveying the political nature of people's lives through an abundance of domestic texture. This is a sumptuous book in every sense: she conjures up Amsterdam - its tapestries, food, religious iconography, unforgiving winters - with such sensual flair, you can almost taste the sugar... Burton is viscerally alert to the emotional and physical prisons in which Nella and the fascinatingly complex Marin live... She is also brilliant at generating a more earthbound tension: as the city closes in on the Brandts, the plot seems to twist and buck with every passing page. Truly, it's thrilling. Metro Suspense builds and secrets begin to be revealed... a brilliant page-turning story... her writing is precise and intricate... wonderful world-building and engaging characters We Love This Book Just magnificent ... I loved it -- Claudia Winkleman The Arts Show Burton has clearly done her research and writes with skill, impressively evoking the oppressive, religiously intolerant society of the Dutch Golden Age Mail on Sunday Golden Age Amsterdam comes to life in this finely crafted debut -- Best Books of 2014 Telegraph The bestselling literary debut hardback of the decade so far -- Martin Chilton Telegraph Short and sweet -- Books of the Year 2014 Evening Standard

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There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed . . . On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt, but instead she is met by his sharp-tongued sister, Marin. Only later does Johannes appear and present her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. It is to be furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in unexpected ways . . . Nella is at first mystified by the closed world of the Brandt household, but as she uncovers its secrets she realizes the escalating dangers that await them all. Does the miniaturist hold their fate in her hands? And will she be the key to their salvation or the architect of their downfall? Beautiful, intoxicating and filled with heart-pounding suspense, The Miniaturist is a magnificent story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1065 KB
  • Print Length: 563 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062326902
  • Publisher: Picador; Main Market Ed. edition (3 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HW7IPEW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,316 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jessie Burton was born in London, 1982. She studied at Oxford University and The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and worked for 9 years as an actress and a PA before The Miniaturist was published.

The Miniaturist is her first novel, and will be translated into 31 other languages.

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127 of 136 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a soap opera..... 12 Oct. 2014
By Wynne Kelly TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
This historical novel has a really interesting setting: the merchant class of late 17th century Amsterdam.
Eighteen year old country girl Nella is happy to marry Johannes but soon finds life very difficult in her new household. Johannes’s spinster sister Marin seems to be very much in charge of the house and Nella struggles to assert herself. Also in the house is Cornelia, an orphan maid and Otto, an African servant who has been brought back by Johannes from one of his travels abroad.

Nella is confused and puzzled when Johann avoids all physical contact with her. She soon realises this is a house full of secrets. She is offended when her husband present her with a cabinet containing an exact replica of their house – she wants to be in charge of a real house not a play one. Soon strange things begin to happen when she orders some miniatures to go in the house. She never meets the mysterious “miniaturist” who creates beautiful and intricate objects – but they begin to arrive unsolicited and seem to predict the future.

The creation of social life in the late 1600s is well done. I also like the way in which Nella gains an understanding of the family dynamics and finally reaches an accommodation with a very difficult situation. Having said that, it was a bit of a soap opera in parts!

The weakest aspect was the mysterious miniaturist. I was waiting for a rational explanation but this never arrived.
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148 of 163 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful. 5 Oct. 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I didn't believe in the characters. Everyone spoke using the same voice, regardless of their gender or social status, and their behaviour unfolded in ways which didn't make sense. One minute a character is nervous and provincial, feeling out of her depth; the next she is asserting herself and challenging people without, apparently, a second thought. One character passionately kisses another in the middle of a violent scene, for no obvious reason, and it is not questioned by anybody, nor ever mentioned again. The act, and the other character's reaction to it, made no sense.

I didn't believe in the relationships. One minute a character is so shocked and repulsed they take to their bed for days; the next minute they accept it and carry like nothing happened, defending them unconditionally against other people who are shocked and repulsed. Nella and Johanne's relationship develops and matures despite them spending hardly any time together. There is a big plot twist involving a secret relationship despite there being barely any interaction between those characters.

I didn't believe in the plot. Even ignoring the supernatural/miniaturist side show, the plot seemed anachronistic and unlikely.

Worse, I didn't care about the plot. The pace was so slow and repetitive. I felt bored every time Nella set off for the miniaturist's house because it was so obvious that something would happen to stop her reaching it, or if she did there would be no reply. There wasn't any sense of anticipation about it because I didn't believe anything interesting would happen even if she did make contact with her. The twists were predictable. I didn't see the point of the miniaturist. The existence of the cabinet house and the miniaturist didn't add anything to the story.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Not so good really don't know what all the fuss is about? Ok it's a bit girly that's alright but it has to be one of the most depressing books I've ever read it's just one disaster after another, it's all so very linear in it's construction so there's a lack of perspective about the narrative characters are rather 2 dimensional all in all not very accomplished..
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Historical fiction chicklit 2 Mar. 2015
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I fell for the avalanche of praise for The Miniaturist but am hugely disappointed. It's nothing more than a Harlequin romance about a virgin and a rich husband, with a mysterious sister thrown in. The language is cheesy, the dialogue arch and embarrassing. Maybe my hopes were too high to begin with. I threw it away. I don't know what Deborah Moggach, who I like, saw in it and I wish she hadn't misled me about this dreary retro girly novel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Grim and Grimmer 18 Feb. 2015
By Sheila
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm sorry but I found this book not to my taste at all. The story line was a bit grim. Each chapter unveiled more and more horrible things happening. As I read it I felt more and more unhappy. I did not feel any connection to any of the somewhat one dimensional characters. I question some of the historical (in)accuracy which helped to make the story unbelievable for me. I gave up at 67% through the book. I know how it ends because it was read for a book group list but I now have no desire to go finish the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't believe the hype! 26 Feb. 2015
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I am only giving this 2 stars because as a story of 17th century life in Amsterdam this is an okay (just about) read.
However, as others have already pointed out, the development of the characters over such a short period of time make absolutely no sense whatsoever, and one minute they are strong, the next they are weak. And no, you never actually engage or care for any of the characters - I personally wouldn't have anything to do with them if I ever had the misfortune of being anywhere near their social circles!
The "Miniaturist", in the end, turns out to be the book's version of a movie's MacGuffin and you actually feel conned by this when you reach the end of the book. This effect of feeling conned is exaggerated by the opening chapter dangling a carrot to the reader that is never answered in the final chapter.
I'm sorry to be so negative and if someone would like to enlighten me as to where I went wrong then please do so.
To summarize, an okay book if you like historical fiction; a poor book if you were expecting more than that, find something more interesting. It was one of those books I found myself forced to read to the end to see what, if anything, would happen, but eventually realised it was so many hours of my life that I would never get back!
After this, I read "the 1st fifteen lives of Harry August" by Claire North - wow, now there's a book and an author that truly astounded me - read that one instead of this and don't believe the hype.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a good read
Burton creates great atmosphere and you start feeling the characters are in flesh. Wonderful writing, goos story and good insight into the lives of the period.
Published 7 hours ago by Buket Konuk
5.0 out of 5 stars Miniaturist
Brilliantly written..exciting from the start (Once you've mastered the Dutch names )A truly memorable read.Definitely one I would recommend.Thank you
Published 16 hours ago by Pat West
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
It was unusual !!
Published 17 hours ago by mrs p pickering
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Published 17 hours ago by susie isaacs
3.0 out of 5 stars A page-turner, but not without its pockmarks.
I swayed between not really liking the book and loving other parts of it, but it kept me turning the pages so there's that. Read more
Published 17 hours ago by K. G. Wilde
5.0 out of 5 stars and I enjoyed it so much that I can't wait to get ...
A fascinating insight to life in Amsterdam in the 1600's. Delightfully written in a way that keeps the reader wondering how it is going to end. Read more
Published 21 hours ago by M B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Service good - book at bit of a bore
Published 22 hours ago by Rachel Jeffery
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good read
Published 22 hours ago by wiszard
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I had high hopes for this book but in the end, it just didn't deliver. On a positive note, the writing is very good - lively and interesting. Read more
Published 23 hours ago by Anne Pearson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Interesting read
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