Book Review: “Rebecca” by Daphne du Maurier

In this classic, our young unnamed narrator has married the dashing Mr. Maxim de Winter and has moved to his large estate called Manderley.  However, Maxim is a widower of almost a year and it is clear that everyone loved Rebecca, his late wife.  Rebecca still rules the place and out narrator is too timid and insecure to do anything to upset anyone, most of all Maxim.  She loves him, and hopes to help him move on with her.  Then, Rebecca’s boat is located with a body inside and it seems her death may not have been the accident that all assumed.

This book is AMAZING!  I am so glad I listened to you who recommended I read it sooner than later because this was such a great way to kick off my reading year!  I fell so hard into the story – the creepiness and the beauty, and not knowing who to trust and who to believe.

I’m just going to go ahead a spoil on from here – stop reading if you haven’t read the book yet.

All at once I found myself so completely wrapped up in the narrator & Maxim’s relationship – that once the body was found – I realized that I was rooting for them to make it through unscathed.  He confessed, and I let that go, hoping she would be alright in the end.  I had to mentally take a step back and realize that Favell was a disgusting man – but he was right and I was rooting for a murderer to get away with it.  That is so twisted!  I loved it.  It caught me up and blew me away.  I have the Hitchcock movie version on request from the library as I understand it was extremely well done as well.



by Daphne du Maurier

Harper, 2006  First published 1938.

386 pages

Source:  Gift

7 thoughts on “Book Review: “Rebecca” by Daphne du Maurier

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  1. This book was so good! I read it at the end of last year after wanting to read it forever and I can’t believe it took me so long to read it. I loved the writing and the pace and the mystery. This was such a good book. I also read The Birds & Other Stories, which is a short story collection by du Maurier. Very enjoyable. I plan to hopefully read My Cousin Rachel next!

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  2. It’s a fabulous book–I once read that Daphne du Maurier challenged herself to write a book where the readers would be rooting for the murderer. If you haven’t watched the Hitchcock version yet, be forewarned that there are some crucial differences due to censorship.

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  3. I’m trying to finish out Back to the Classics Challenge and I just need a Classic with Single-Word Title. It might be time for a re-read of Rebecca. I think the last time I read it was when I was a teenager. My mom had all of du Maurier’s on a shelf in our basement.


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