Kate and I can’t stop talking about Jessie Burton‘s The Miniaturist (this season’s Girl’s Night In Book Club pick!). Since we both wanted so badly to post a review of it we figured we’d post one together – two reviews for the price of one! Here’s a little convo Kate and I had about this fantastic novel:
Shan: Kate, what was the first thing that drew you to The Miniaturist?
Kate: If I’m being completely honest, I was initially drawn to The Miniaturist because of its beautiful cover. If the book read anything like the cover looked, I knew I was in for a treat. But what hooked me was the first chapter. It read like an elegant and satisfying conclusion to rich mystery. I was immediately captivated. Can you believe this is Jesse Burton’s first novel?
Shan: EEP, NO. I can’t believe it at all. Jessie Burton is one talented lady. I read somewhere that she wrote this novel while dividing her time as an actress and exec assistant. Not only did she write the novel, but she also did a ton of research on it to make sure the setting and characters and details were just right for the time period. And boy did she ever do a good job. The characters in The Miniaturist are so complex and alluring and rich that they come right out of the pages into your life, and the setting – the city of Amsterdam – is like a character in itself. I don’t know how she’s done all this with her first novel, but I can’t wait to see what she does next. Who would you recommend The Miniaturist to?
Kate: That’s a tricky question because I would recommend The Miniaturist to all kinds of readers. Generally speaking I would recommend it to anyone who simply loves an exquisite story with beautiful imagery. But I think you were right, Shannon, when you said that seventeenth century Amsterdam feels like a main character of The Miniaturist, so in that respect I would recommend this novel to anyone who is a historical fiction romantic. But not only is Amsterdam a lead character, it also acts as a fantastical setting that breathes life into the very mysteries happening within the city’s borders. So I think I would also recommend The Miniaturist to fans of magical realism.
It’s actually just such a beautiful novel, full of magic, mystery, love, obsession and betrayal that I would recommend it (and have already recommended it) to everyone I know! What did you love most about The Miniaturist?
Shan: Oooh, good question. I think I loved all the twists and turns the best. Everyone, absolutely everyone, has a secret in this book, and there are so many reveals that I really did not see coming. You think you know the characters, and then another door is thrown open… It’s a book that really kept me guessing, right up until the last page.
As you can tell, we loved this novel, and we hope you love it too!
Girls’ Night Out Wines will be discussing The Miniaturist with author Jessie Burton tomorrow, October 23rd, at 12:00 PM EST as a part of their Girls’ Night In Book Club series. Follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #GNIBookClubChat to join the discussion and win awesome prizes.
Happy Reading, Savvy Readers!