The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Book Review of ‘The Miniaturist’ by Jessie Burton

The setting for the story is Amsterdam in the 17th Century and Jessie Burton captures the essence of life in this era very well. The religious hypocrisy, social status and the importance of trade are vividly described. If I’ve captured your interest now be warned this is not a happy story.

The main character, young and newly married, struggles to cope with the many disasters that assail her household. Her wedding present from her husband is a miniature house, an exact replica of her own. This bizarre choice of present becomes mysterious and then evil, as the figures, made by the elusive miniaturist, appear to predict the future.

The discussion in the Reading Group ranged from, ‘does history really teach us anything?’ to the status of women then and now and the power of the church.

It also brought to mind other books written about England during the same era.

The star rating was three out of five.

(3 / 5)


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