This month we have two choices again, The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton (an historically rich drama full of secrets) and This House is Haunted by John Boyne for those brave ones among us.
All reserved copies have been put aside. If you’d like to buy it from Waterstones Doncaster just tell the staff member that you’re with the book club, and they should know to take off the extra pound, disclaimer.
The Miniaturist, Jessie Burton
Waterstones Fiction Book of the Month
Set in 17th Century Amsterdam, The Miniaturist is a tale of love, obsession, betrayal and retribution. It marks the arrival of a genuinely exciting new writer.
On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt, but instead she is met by his sharp-tongued sister, Marin.
Only later does Johannes appear and present her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. It is to be furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in unexpected ways …Nella is at first mystified by the closed world of the Brandt household, but as she uncovers its secrets she realises the escalating dangers that await them all.
Does the miniaturist hold their fate in her hands? And will she be the key to their salvation or the architect of their downfall? Beautiful, intoxicating and filled with heart-pounding suspense, The Miniaturist is a magnificent story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth.
This House is Haunted, John Boyne
1867. On a dark and chilling night Eliza Caine arrives in Norfolk to take up her position as governess at Gaudlin Hall. As she makes her way across the station platform, a pair of invisible hands push her from behind into the path of an approaching train. She is only saved by the vigilance of a passing doctor. It is the start of a journey into a world of abandoned children, unexplained occurrences and terrifying experiences which Eliza will have to overcome if she is to survive the secrets that lie within Gaudlin’s walls.
Publisher: Black Swan