"It's only words, and words are all I have, to take your heart away." —Bee Gees
It was difficult for me to get into this as I felt the writing didn't flow all that well in the beginning, but once I reached the end of part one I was sold. I became more immersed in the story and more invested in the principal characters, the members of the Brandt household. Unfortunately the titular Miniaturist is actually the least developed character in my opinion. While for some of the others being mysterious makes them more intriguing, more fleshed out even with the layers of secrets they hide, for the Miniaturist it only makes her more vague and unapproachable.
But the twists in the story are really fun. Every time something unexpected happens I'd go back to certain points in the novel, trying to catch the hints that lead to it and wondering how everything fits together. The author also does a good job describing life in 17th century Amsterdam, a time and place full of wonders and contradictions.