Pages: 416 / Audio: 13 hrs 17 mins
"There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed..."
On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office-leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin.
But Nella's world changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. To furnish her gift, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist-an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways . . .
Johannes' gift helps Nella to pierce the closed world of the Brandt household. But as she uncovers its unusual secrets, she begins to understand-and fear-the escalating dangers that await them all. In this repressively pious society where gold is worshipped second only to God, to be different is a threat to the moral fabric of society, and not even a man as rich as Johannes is safe. Only one person seems to see the fate that awaits them. Is the miniaturist the key to their salvation . . . or the architect of their destruction?
Enchanting, beautiful, and exquisitely suspenseful, The Miniaturist is a magnificent story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth.
Novel Gobblers Perspective
I've come to the conclusion that the less I know about a book going into it, the more I enjoy it. I chose this book because it fulfilled a book challenge category of having a blue cover, and it seemed like it would be interesting.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Davina Port and enjoyed every minute of it. The story and characters reminded me of The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert, which I absolutely loved. The language and writing are beautiful. The Muralist delivers an intriguing story with some surprising twists that I never saw coming. There were, in my opinion, some very important questions that were never answered by the close of the book. This left me puzzled about the title and wondering if this suggests a sequel is in store. Whether the story will continue or it is just poorly titled, it is definitely worth reading and may very well end up being one of my favorites.