A young bride journeys unescorted to her new home across the country to Amsterdam. When she arrives it is not her new husband, Johannes, who greets her, but his sister, Mira. Nella quickly learns things are not as they should be as her husband all but ignores her and her sister-in-law holds the purse strings and maintains command over the household. Secrets and mysteries abound and Nella is left feeling like an outsider, and while she's surrounded by people, she has never felt more alone. When her husband gives her a cabinet house for a wedding present, she's insulted and sees it as something one would give a child. At eighteen, she's definitely no child and she quickly wonders if he sees her as just another beautiful thing he's collected over the years. But strangely and surprisingly the cabinet becomes her focal point as the miniaturist whom she hires to fill it reveals things about the household that Nella knows nothing about, sometimes eerily predicting things before they happen. Is the miniaturist a friend or foe? Will she be the one to help Nella find her place or perhaps lead her to her doom?
Notes to Keep You in the Know:
Today, "'tulip mania' is used as a metaphor to describe an economic bubble. People start investing in a particular asset in large quantities because of positive sentiments about it. This pushes the prices of that asset to very high levels. After reaching a peak, prices suffer a sharp fall due to an extensive sell off, leaving the asset holders bankrupt. These assets are metaphorically called tulips."
Found at http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/definition/tulip-mania