Hey everyone! IT’S CHRISTMAS EVE!!!
Today, I am excited to be sharing my review of Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier with you all.
On a trip to the South of France, the shy heroine of Rebecca falls in love with Maxim de Winter, a handsome widower. Although his proposal comes as a surprise, she happily agrees to marry him. But as they arrive at her husband’s home, Manderley, a change comes over Maxim, and the young bride is filled with dread. Friendless in the isolated mansion, she realises that she barely knows him. In every corner of every room is the phantom of his beautiful first wife, Rebecca, and the new Mrs de Winter walks in her shadow.
Rebecca had been on my TBR for what seemed like forever, so I was very excited when our little The Write Reads book club chose it for November’s book! This book was nothing like I had expected, and we all certainly had a lot to say about it during our discussions.
The strong gothic, creepy feel to the story was the thing I enjoyed most about Rebecca, and it was definitely a lot easier to read than most classics are. It had a bit more of a modern feel to it in terms of writing style and language. The start of the story is a little on the slow side, and was a little boring, but once you’ve powered through that bit, and you get to Manderley, it definitely picks up. There are so many mysteries and unanswered questions, and we had lots of fun coming up with crazy theories during our discussions.
I hated pretty much all of the characters, like really hated them. The narrator (who’s name we never actually find out) is just so weak. I wanted to grab hold of her and shake her, tell her to stand up for herself, and to grow a back bone, and then to top it off, when she finally did, it was for all of the wrong reasons. If she wasn’t so annoying, I might have felt sorry for her, but she brought it all on herself. From the very beginning I thought that there was something off about Max, his behaviour just doesn’t add up, and he’s so up and down all the time. The way he treats the narrator is awful too, he treats her more like a child than a wife, and if I was her, I would have got myself out of there as quick as I could. Despite the fact that I hated her, Mrs Danvers was possibly the best one of the bunch. There’s a creepy, tense atmosphere whenever she’s around, and I loved her dark aura. It certainly made the story much more interesting, and her psychotic episodes were a highlight of the book for me.
One thing I really enjoyed about this book (and I think the rest of the book club are in agreement with this one) is how even though she was dead, Rebecca was the star of the story. She had such an influence and a hold over everyone, including the narrator who had never even known her. I feel like she had the most personality out of all of them, and had so much power in life and in death. It was very clever of Du Maurier to write her this way, and by not telling us the narrators name, I think it definitely helped convey Rebecca’s power and influence, almost as though the narrator could never come close to living up to her predecessor.
There were so many bombshells along the way, some predictable, others not so much. But, even the predictable ones still managed to shock you, despite the fact that you saw them coming. I have to say though, that the ending was a bit of a let down. I just felt that it was a little anti-climatic, because the build up was so much better than the actual outcome.
Overall, I did enjoy this book, but I definitely think that I enjoyed it more because of the discussion chats with The Write Reads gang. They made this experience so much fun, and if I had read it alone, I probably would be rating it lower than I am now.
I give Rebecca a 3.5 star rating!
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