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Disappointing!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-14

What would have made The Miniaturist better?

A fleshing out of characters (such as the miniaturist, herself). The book had potential but I was sorely let down by the sparse ending.

Has The Miniaturist put you off other books in this genre?

No

How could the performance have been better?

A reader who had a better flow and characterisation.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment as it had good potential.

A disappointment!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-12-11

If you take out all the unnecessary detail which only serves to show off how knowledgeable Cornwell is on up to date forensic technology, the story is only enough to fill a short novella. It is mildly interesting in that it furthers the thread from the last book along, but overall not satisfying. More style than substance, it doesn't even adequately flesh out the characters we have come to know and the new ones critical to the book. I loved the early series, but don't think I will bother anymore. I also found the narrator not especially pleasant to listen to either.

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Not as good as The Historian

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-11

I, too, enjoyed Kostova's early work but found this novel hard going. I persevered to the end hoping it would get better, but it never did. Treat Williams gave an exceptionally poor narration which made a dull story even harder to listen to. Don't waste your time/money.

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