Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

I picked up Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier for 4 reasons:

1. Everyone raves about this book
2. It’s been on my TBR list for waaaaay too long
3. It’s on my Classics Club list
4. It’s called Rebecca, only the best name ever.

Rebecca via Love at First Book

On the cover of the paperback I have, it says “The unsurpassed modern masterpiece of romantic suspense.” That did not make me look forward to reading it. But I read it anyway.

The second Mrs. de Winter (who, if I’m not mistaken, we never find out what her name actually is) tells the story of her experiences at Manderley, a fabulous estate.

She started out poor, as a companion/maid to a wealthy old woman, and ends up meeting Maxim de Winter while in Monte Carlo. No one would have expected it, but after a short period of time, only a few weeks, Maxim asks her to marry him and come back to Manderley with him.

After a honeymoon in Italy, they arrive at Manderley, a home that is filled with his late wife Rebecca’s touches and tastes. The new Mrs. de Winter can’t live up to the fabulous Rebecca, who everyone loved so much. . .

But something isn’t right. . .

Actually, something is severely wrong. . .

It just takes a while of reading to find out what exactly that “wrong” thing is.

Rebecca is a classic for a reason. It’s shocking, suspenseful, beautifully written. I highly recommend checking out Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier if you have not done so, especially if you want an easy-to-read classic novel.

What name do YOU think is the best?

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38 thoughts on “Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

  1. Glad you finally read Rebecca, I know you’ve talked about reading it since I started reading your blog 🙂 You must be destined for great bookish things, your name and birthday are famous book titles! Glad you enjoyed Rebecca, its on my classics club list as well.

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  2. I was recently reading this to review on my own site and the most annoying part was writing “the new mrs de winter” everytime I refereed to the narrator. I was about to be like “look. we’re just going to call her Bob. If she doesn’t have a name we’re going to give her one”.Aside from that annoyance, loved the book.

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    • Hahaha! So I used to teach elem school and when my 5th graders would have a hard time pronouncing a crazy name in a book, I’d tell them “Just call her Bob. It doesn’t matter what you call her, right, because it’s just her name? If you always call FKTHKTLH (or whatever they couldn’t pronounce) the name Bob, then you’ll know who she is.”

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  3. Glad you enjoyed the book, Rebecca 🙂

    While I adore this book, once the twist is revealed all the suspense and anxiety was gone I found it difficult to find something to enjoy in the story.

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  4. I have this one because, like you said, it’s a classic and everyone raves about it. This may be one of the few reviews to really interest me in the book though. Good review!

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  5. Nope, we never do find out the new Mrs. de Winter’s name – she never can fully come out of Rebecca’s shadow, can she? I love this book and you’ve convinced me it’s time for a re-read. I highly recommend the movie adaptation starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine.

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  6. I had this on my Eclectic Reader Challenge last year but never got to it (didn’t even finish the challenge). Sigh, I have so much trouble with classics. I’ve had a copy of Wuthering Heights FAR too long as well. I’m still interested… but who knows when I’d finally pep-talk myself enough into it!

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  7. I’ve had this book on my shelf for so long! And somehow I’ve never had it spoiled — thanks for not ruining the surprise!

    I never liked my name as a kid because teachers etc never knew how to pronounce it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been called “Lee,” even though the “ah” at the end of my name clearly makes it “Lee-ah!” But now I appreciate having an uncommon name. It’s nice to not be one of a billion Katies or Laurens.

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  8. Funny enough your reasons for reading Rebecca are similar to mine, except that I don’t have a copy yet. There is a Book Trust near where I work and I’ll have to find the time to comb through their shop to see if I can get a copy. e-readers are really not my fancy.

    Thanks for a lovely review, Rebecca. By the way I do like your name. 🙂

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  9. Good review! It’s been decades since I read Rebecca, but I remember that it really gave me chills. And left me wondering, at the end (though I won’t say WHAT I wondered, since that would be a spoiler.) Du Maurier was brilliant. I think my favorite of her books, though, is Frenchman’s Creek.

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  10. Rebecca is one of my favorite books of all time! I first fell in love with it in high school and have read it many times since. I’ve used it a time or two in my senior English classes–teenagers still love it, too. I’m glad to hear you liked it; thanks for blogging about it. It kind of makes it “new” again! 🙂

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