Book choice for July 2015

The Miniaturist [suggested by Clare Freeman]

The Miniaturist

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 realizes 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? [Product description from Amazon]

About the Author

Author's Wikipedia page.
Author's website.

 

Shortlisted for this month

This month Clare's other two suggestions were:

Good Omens

Good Omens

"Armageddon only happens once, you know. They don’t let you go around again until you get it right."

According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch - the world’s only totally reliable guide to the future, written in 1655, before she exploded - the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just after tea...

People have been predicting the end of the world almost from its very beginning, so it’s only natural to be sceptical when a new date is set for Judgement Day. This time though, the armies of Good and Evil really do appear to be massing. The four Bikers of the Apocalypse are hitting the road. But both the angels and demons - well, one fast-living demon and a somewhat fussy angel - would quite like the Rapture not to happen.

And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist... [Product description from Amazon]

The book has a Wikipedia page.

About the Authors

Sir Terry Pratchett:
Wikipedia page.
website.

Neil Gaiman:
Wikipedia page.
website.

Gone Girl

Gone Girl

Who are you?

What have we done to each other?

These are the questions Nick Dunne finds himself asking on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they weren't made by him. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick's beautiful wife? [Product description from Amazon.com]

The book has a Wikipedia page and has also been made into a film which has its own Wikipedia page.

About the Author

Wikipedia page.
Author's website.

 

 

 

 

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