Book Review: The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

I’ve taken a slight detour off my classic novel list, which you’ve probably noticed. I just haven’t found the time to get to the library – something keeps coming up.

Anyways, this detour actually started with the novel The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. A coworker gave it to me to read. Surprisingly, she told me to not bother giving it back to her because she didn’t exactly love it. When she was telling me her reaction to the novel, I wasn’t sure I wanted to read it anymore because I felt I already had a judgement on the book.

While overall it was an interesting read – and a little weird – and not what I expected at all, I did enjoy reading most of it.

The novel is set in seventeenth century Amsterdam, which was intriguing in of itself for me. I’ve been to the city once, but loved it. I think Burton paints a beautiful image of what the city and the people were like during this time period, a very important aspect for historical fiction.

Burton delves into the aspects of religion and greed, something encouraged by blossoming trade in the area and time. She also does a good job of looking at the relationships not only between the characters motivated by those two aspects, but between the aspects themselves.

The main character is young woman, on the verge of her twenties, entering a marriage with a man and family she knows nothing about. Almost like entering college or a new job?

While I enjoyed reading most of this novel, there were still a few issues that I had with it. There were a couple of elements that Burton introduced into the story that felt undone by the end of the novel. I’m not sure if that was her intention, but the novel felt like it ended on a cliffhanger.

I would love to hear anyone else’s thoughts about this book if you’ve read it!

Happy Reading! <3 Nicole


4 thoughts on “Book Review: The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

  1. I felt the same as you when reading it, except my judgement was slightly different: almost everything I’d heard about it was positive. It was Waterstones’ book of the year, and the internship I was in at the time was promoting the book like crazy for some of its author events. I read it thinking it’d be the best book in the world… but then, yeah. The ending didn’t feel complete. And while I did really enjoy it, and found her writing to be pretty lovely, I didn’t exactly *love it*. I had the pleasure of briefly meeting her, though, and she did sign the copy with a drawing of Peebo, so the book does have a special place in my collection. But meh… I wish it could have been better!

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    • So nice to hear another point of view! I do agree that her writing was pretty lovely. Thanks for sharing and stopping by! :)


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