Title: Rebecca Author: Daphne Du Maurier Genre: Mystery, Romance Publisher: Virago Press
Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again….
The book starts with an unnamed narrator who narrates about her life in Manderley. While working as a lady’s companion on a trip to Monte Carlo, she meets Maxim de Winter, a handsome widower whose sudden proposal of marriage takes her by surprise after spending much time with her. She accepts, but whisked from glamorous Monte Carlo to the ominous and brooding Manderley, the new Mrs de Winter finds Max a changed man. The haunting thoughts about Max’s first wife, Rebecca, keeps her away from him and the memory of his dead wife is forever kept alive by the forbidding housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers.
The story takes a twist when they find Max’s dead wife’s body and the horror erupts. Her fear about her tensed relationship with Max soothes out when she gets to know the truth about the marriage between Maxim and Rebecca.
“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.”
The setting of Rebecca draws you in with it’s beautiful but haunting mansion and the wonderful, vivid descriptions of it. I found the writing so beautiful, the author has kept the suspense very nicely. Once you start reading the book, it is highly hard to leave it, the atmosphere becomes very tense and interesting. The book was not really of the horror category but more of a mystery. Manderley is brilliantly depicted as a scary mansion to which the narrator cannot adjust and it is almost a character in itself as it seems to breathe and tremble with Rebecca’s haunting presence. After reading this book, you want to experience the haunting of Manderlay but it gives you goosebumps. Rebecca has something of everything; romance, horror, crime and mystery and its delicious turn of events will leave readers astonished.