I haven't posted my Book Club reviews for a few months so I must get back into it! I'll start with the first one of 2015, The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. This was chosen by myself & another friend as it was Waterstones' Book of the Year for 2014 & it really piqued my interest!
Set in 17th century Amsterdam, it tells the story of 18 year-old Nella Oortman as she starts her new marriage with the wealthy merchant trader Johannes Brandt. She arrives at his grand house to be received by his less-than-welcoming sister Marin, as Johannes is away on business. On his return, he seems very cold towards her but she is appeased when he gives her a magnificent cabinet-sized replica of their home as a wedding gift. Nella then employs the services of a talented, yet elusive miniaturist to furnish the house with eerily accurate creations.
As Nella discovers the secrets of the miniaturist's replicas, she begins to understand what fate awaits all who live within the house. It's very hard to talk about the story without giving away spoilers so I won't go in to too much detail in case anybody wants to read it but I really enjoyed this book. It engaged me from the start with great characters, especially Marin & it's fair to say that there were a few shockers along the way!
However, there were a couple of bits in the book that annoyed me slightly. I found the ending rather disappointing as it finished so abruptly, I felt like someone had removed the last chapter of the book as, in my opinion, there was more to tell. Also, I was expecting this book to centre around The Miniaturist when in actual fact, she is mentioned very little. This I found really frustrating as I needed to know her story too!!
Having said that, this book is still enchanting & full of suspense & I would highly recommend reading it.