Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier (Book Review #112)

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 02/03/17

My 5th book this year.)

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again…” the New Mrs De Winter finds herself haunted by the house, the people and everything to do with Manderley. What a difficult role to step up to with the First Mrs De Winter being perfect in every way. Beautiful, graceful, charming, educated, talented and kind. Mrs Danvers, the head housekeeper, is forever reminding the New Mrs De Winter of her flaws and how she cannot even begin to compare with her First Mrs De Winter. 

Maxim De Winter is much older than his newly wedded wife. Such a contrast to his late wife, young, uneducated, poor and dull but he has decided to bring her to Manderley in hope to bring life back to his magnificent estate.

Mrs De Winter is scared to make changes, unsure of her place in the  household, doesn’t know how to socially interact with the rest of the Manderley community but she must find a way to step up and be free from the lingering past of Maxim’s first wife. To build their lives and to begin to live as a lady rather than as the maid she once was.

This book had the most beautiful scenes. Manderley’s magnificence, Maxim’s curt demeanor, the new Mrs De Winters insecurities, the cold and evil aura emanating from Mrs Danvers at every moment of her appearance in the book. Manderley was precisely perfectly decorated by the First Mrs De Winter. She left her impression upon every person she ever came across and her death had a huge impact on every character in the book.

I really enjoyed most of the story even though nothing much happens until quite far into the book. But the beauty of the scenery was perfectly captured and we could feel every emotion that we as the reader are supposed to feel. 

The twist in the story spoilt the whole book for me. It felt too random and unexpected that it didn’t quite fit with the rest of the book. If the story had a different ending I may have been able to rate this book a 5. All in all this is a book that I would recommend to others but I would like to clarify it is not a ghostly story even though many reviews including my own mention the haunting feeling cast throughout the book.

Written by Ling Lee (02/03/17).

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