Read between: 28th September- 10th October
Number of pages: 441
Published (this version): December 1st, 2007
Publisher: Virago Press
Synopsis: Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again…
Working as a lady’s companion, the heroine of Rebecca learns her place. Her future looks bleak until, on a trip to the South of France, she meets Max de Winter, a handsome widower whose sudden proposal of marriage takes her by surprise. She accepts, but whisked from glamorous Monte Carlo to the ominous and brooding Manderley, the new Mrs de Winter finds Max a changed man. And the memory of his dead wife Rebecca is forever kept alive by the forbidding housekeeper, Mrs Danvers…
Not since Jane Eyre has a heroine faced such difficulty with the Other Woman. An international bestseller that has never gone out of print, Rebecca is the haunting story of a young girl consumed by love and the struggle to find her identity.
Rebecca is the story of a woman who finds herself whisked into a new way of life when she meets Maxim de Winter in Monte Carlo, marries him, and moves into Manderley, his family stately home in the countryside. A life much grander than what she is used to.
It’s from then that our unnamed heroine starts to feel like she’s being watched, she can’t get over the fact she’s being over shadowed by a dead woman. Maxim’s late wife, the beautiful, adored, beloved Rebecca. Many people still remember her, and remind the main character just how different she was to Rebecca.
Nobody more so than Mrs Danvers, the housekeeper.
Mrs Danvers will try anything to get rid of Rebecca’s replacement. From embarrassing her, to making her cry, to scaring her- she tries, but fails, because sometimes the new Mrs de Winter can stand up for herself.
I felt sorry for her, it wasn’t her fault that she married Maxim. He chose her.
It all seems to be going well and they are enjoying married life…until the fancy dress ball, until the day that Rebecca’s boat is found after another wreckage washes up on the beach by Manderley. It’s not just that, the boat has a body in it.
It turns out Max de Winter has a dark secret, a secret that could ruin both his reputation and his new marriage. Both he and Mrs de Winter don’t need that trouble. So what is the real truth behind Rebecca’s death?
Was marrying Maxim a mistake?
Rebecca is my first du Maurier novel- and it certainly won’t be my last, that’s for sure! I was hooked from the very first chapter and I’m so glad I’ve finally gotten around to reading it. If you’ve never read this book, like I had until now, I’d recommend it! It’s dark, but there are also light moments with romance and happiness. It’s got the best of both worlds!
An excellent read!
Thanks for reading!