Book of the Week

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. Photo: PA Photo/Picador
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. Photo: PA Photo/Picador

The Miniaturist

by Jessie Burton

The Miniaturist is among the “biggest debuts” of 2014, a fairly held position in terms of Burton’s writing, such is its page-turning beauty.

It opens with Nella arriving in 17th century Amsterdam at the house of her new husband. Nella is gifted a replica of her new home in cabinet size, and, enlisting a miniaturist to furnish it. However, when they arrive, there is more in the package than asked for.

There is a wonderful sense of place and time, and you cannot fault Burton’s research or way with words; but such a hotly hyped debut leaves the reader hoping for more.