Book Review | Rebecca

Title: Rebecca

Author: Daphne Du Maurier

“I am glad it cannot happen twice, the fever of first love. For it is a fever, and a burden, too, whatever the poets may say.”

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” The book opens up with this line where the protagonist, the second Mrs. De Winter is reminiscing about her beautiful palatial estate. Manderley had been the home of her dreams, with the big house and the gardens, the boathouse, the valley and the sloping lawns. Yet the place gave her nightmares. For in every part of it was Rebecca’s uncanny presence.

It starts by telling the story of a young girl who meets a handsome, older gentleman, Mr. Maxim de Winter, in Monte Carlo. Maxim’s former wife Rebecca, who was much-loved by everyone around her, had recently drowned at sea and the people back at West Country were heartbroken by this incident. The unnamed protagonist falls in love with Maxim and they get married despite his troubled past. On arriving home to ‘Manderley’ after their honeymoon, the second Mrs De Winter faces an aching struggle against the first Mrs. De Winter Rebecca, whose presence at Manderley remains even from beyond the grave. The new Mrs. De Winter is constantly compared to Rebecca, who was loved and admired by all and faces unkindness from Mrs Danvers, Rebecca’s old maid. As the new lady of the house, she struggles to adjust to this new way of life and find her own identity. It gets clearer as the story unfolds that Rebecca was not the angel that everyone thought her to be and neither did she die in what was referred to as a tragic accident.

Rebecca is a gripping and power-packed novel with themes of identity crisis and competition with another woman. Manderley is brilliantly depicted as the hellish mansion to which Mrs. De Winter cannot adjust and it is almost a character in itself as it seems to breathe and tremble with Rebecca’s haunting presence. Mrs Danvers is a delightfully ominous character, whose devilish tricks and abnormal obsession with Rebecca intensify the gloomy atmosphere.

The book offers its readers romance, mystery, crime, suspense and thriller and we are left in awe and astonishment by the end of it.

“But luxury has never appealed to me, I like simple things, books, being alone, or with somebody who understands.”

Goodreads Rating: 4.23/5

Amazon Rating: 4.5/5


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14 Comments Add yours

  1. equinoxio21 says:

    A classic. My father had it on his shelves. Can’t find it anymore… Would I have donated it? Or just misplaced it? A great opening phrase…

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  2. Always loved this book!

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  3. A great book for sure…

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  4. This is one of my most favorite books of all times. I first read it many years ago, some 40 years ago I believe., maybe even 45 or so. I still remember the fantastic opening chapter by heart. Many Daphne du Maurier’s books are great, but this one is very special, at least for me. Thanks for reminding.

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  5. Abhishek says:

    👏 impressive

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  6. One of my favorite authors. This book has been part of my library for many years.

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  7. V.J. Knutson says:

    I fell in love with Du Maurier as a young woman – so classic.

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  9. Jay says:

    Soon to be a Ben Wheatley movie on Netflix starring Armie Hammer and Lilly James.

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  10. Sheila says:

    I haven’t read this one yet – thank you for the reminder!

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  11. Librarylady says:

    This is one of my favorite books and also a pretty good movie. Thanks for the reminder, I may have to reread!

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  12. floridaborne says:

    It was required reading in school. The only thing I remember about it was being bored and feeling as if I’d wasted my time. It is probably a book best suited for someone with maturity.

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  13. Ankur Mithal says:

    Haunting, gripping book. Read it many many many years back but still quite fresh.

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  14. Such an atmospheric, wonderful classic. I’m glad you liked it!

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