The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton: First Impressions


I took this in front of a window with melting ice and ended up loving the weirdness. It’s like a filter without going through the trouble of actually using a photo editor.

The Miniaturist is the debut novel from Jessie Burton. It was published in 2014, received a lot of hype online, and has been sitting on my TBR ever since. I think I even purchased the book that year, but never got around to reading it. Now, here I am, 2.5 years later and completely ignorant about it. I don’t know how I managed it, but I’ve forgotten everything I learned about it from people online and reading the synopsis. Now I am stubbornly refusing to read anything about it because I like going into books a little unaware of what to expect.

But that’s not the point of this. I wanted to do a quick post and talk about my first impressions, now that I’m finally reading this book.

The Cover:

I think we can probably mostly agree that it has a striking, memorable cover. I personally love it, and I think the cover was what caught my attention originally. (I actually wanted the other cover more, which is the UK edition I think, but I decided not to go through the hassle of ordering it.)

The Story:

I’m 10% (40 pages) into this book and I honestly keep whispering “What the hell am I reading?” It isn’t bad, and I think I like the writing, but it’s definitely not what I was expecting. What was I expecting? I have no clue, but it isn’t this. It’s strange and a little mysterious, and more than once it has made me a little uncomfortable with the phrasing of things. For example, this (out of context and partial) quote: “…the wet clam dribble…” I had to re-read the paragraph that line is taken from several times because I thought I was misreading some of it.

So far, this book seems like it will be memorable. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing, though…Well, I have no idea yet. I feel like this will be a book I’ll either really enjoy/love, or one I will vehemently hate.


If you’ve read The Miniaturist, what did you think? Did you like it? Hate it? Did it live up to the hype for you?



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