Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Publisher: Virago Modern Classics
First published August 1938
Genres: Classics, Gothic, Thriller, Romance
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Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again…
Working as a paid companion to a bitter elderly lady, the timid heroine of Rebecca learns her place. Life is bleak until, on a trip to the South of France, she falls in love with Maxim de Winter, a handsome widower whose proposal takes her by surprise. Whisked from Monte Carlo to Manderley, Maxim’s isolated Cornish estate, the friendless young bride begins to realise she barely knows her husband at all. And in every corner of every room is the phantom of his beautiful first wife, Rebecca.
Rebecca is the haunting story of a woman consumed by love and the struggle to find her identity.
What an incredible book. It really managed to grip me and I needed to know more. It’s so creepy and interesting! And SO NOT what I was expecting!
I was expecting a boring story about a girl who married a guy whose wife died but was present everywhere in the house, which made her jealous. So basically I was expecting a kind of a drama? But this was so much more than that! It’s thrilling, suspenseful, full of mystery and surprises all through the novel. It’s way more intense and messed up than I could have imagined and I loved it for that. It was SO thrilling!
The characters in this novel are actually really interesting. Our MC is a sweet and shy little girl, thrown into a complicated living situation, where she is trying to make her life. She is not bold, or fierce, and she is more often than not naive. This to say, that she isn’t anything special, or any type of hero, but she is a very peculiar person, and she quite surprised me with how bold her actions started to turn out along the way.
Maxim is a very depressing person, in my opinion. He is definitely not as charming as our MC seems to think, but it’s understandable under the situations and I actually learned to like him. Then we have Mrs. Daenvers and oh god, she creeps me out so bad! She is awful, and weird, and often either very unemotional or too emotional to the point of being apeshit crazy! She is a hell of a character tho, that’s for sure. And obviously, in a sense, we also have Rebecca, who we get to know during the novel through everyone. I’m not going to say much about her tho, other than Holy Molly, that woman! There are many characters in this novel, that we get to know, but those were the most sticking ones – although my fav was probably Frank. He is just so loyal and kind!
The atmosphere of the novel is quite messed up and has some of the best gothic atmospheres ever. It’s creepy at times and beautiful at others. It’s really well balanced and full of emotions and darkness in it. Nothing and no one is as it seems and you are just dying to know what the hell is happening, even tho the story starts with the end – which actually made me more hooked.
The writing is amazing. It’s quite descriptive, but also really easy to grasp and it just flows well, you know? It’s full of emotions and just hooks you! Also, I find it incredible how she always made me forget the main character’s name and only remember Rebecca…
The mystery and suspense were also done splendidly well. I never saw anything coming. It just completely blew my mind! At first, I was trying and trying to understand everything, and when I thought I finally understood, BAM! The plot twist of plot twists appears… This is just done so freaking well! This story definitely messed up a lot with my head. It’s an emotional and thrilling reading and I highly recommend reading it!
Have you read this yet? What do you think of it? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!