13 April 2009

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

"Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again."
With a husband she barely knew, the young bride arrived at this immense estate, only to be inexorably drawn into the life of the first Mrs. de Winter, the beautiful Rebecca, dead but never forgotten...her suite of rooms never touched, her clothes ready to be worn, her servant -- the sinister Mrs. Danvers -- still loyal. And as an eerie presentiment of evil tightened around her heart, the second Mrs. de Winter began her search for the real fate of Rebecca...for the secrets of Manderley.

I loved this book and will read it multiple times. We never learn the name of the female narrator but it doesn't matter. Manderley itself becomes a character and dead Rebecca haunts you just as she does the other inhabitants of the house. I was swept up in the romanticism of the situation and shocked and thrilled when the "truth" about Rebecca comes out.

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