Despite an impressive beginning, the novel ends on a more predictable note.
Greed and the desire for revenge spur some of the Amsterdammers against the Brandts. The Brandt's secrets are exposed and even the miniaturist cannot prevent the ultimate outcome.
Nella feels gratitude towards the miniaturist for opening doors while Cornelia has a more traditional view. Cornelia sees the miniaturist as a snoop and a witch.
With all that has happened, its surprising that Nella and Cornelia believe that Thea's life will be what she makes it.
Despite the ending, the novel is still richly imagined, bringing 17th century Amsterdam and all of its moral compunctions to life.