By Jessie Burton
Epub ISBN: 9780062306838
Set in 17th century Amsterdam-a urban governed by means of glittering wealth and oppressive religion-a masterful debut steeped in surroundings and shimmering with secret, within the culture of Emma Donoghue, Sarah Waters, and Sarah Dunant.
"There is not anything hidden that won't be revealed…"
On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to start a brand new lifestyles because the spouse of illustrious service provider dealer Johannes Brandt. yet her new domestic, whereas splendorous, isn't welcoming. Johannes is variety but far-off, consistently locked in his research or at his warehouse office-leaving Nella by myself along with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin.
But Nella's global alterations whilst Johannes provides her with a unprecedented marriage ceremony present: a cabinet-sized copy in their domestic. To provide her reward, Nella engages the prone of a miniaturist-an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations reflect their real-life opposite numbers in eerie and unforeseen methods . . .
Johannes' present is helping Nella to pierce the closed international of the Brandt loved ones. yet as she uncovers its strange secrets and techniques, she starts to understand-and fear-the escalating hazards that watch for all of them. during this repressively pious society the place gold is worshipped moment basically to God, to be diversified is a possibility to the ethical cloth of society, and never even a guy as wealthy as Johannes is secure. just one individual turns out to determine the destiny that awaits them. Is the miniaturist the major to their salvation . . . or the architect in their destruction?
Enchanting, attractive, and exquisitely suspenseful, The Miniaturist is an impressive tale of affection and obsession, betrayal and retribution, visual appeal and fact.
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The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton