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.