With this novel, I’ve hit my goal of 52 books for 2017. Plenty of time left for many more!
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier is told from the point of view of a young, unnamed woman that meets Maxim de Winter, a recently widowed, wealthy gentleman from the English countryside. After a whirlwind romance, the two are married, making our protagonist the second Mrs. de Winter, and settle at his family’s estate, Manderley. The narrator becomes obsessed with Rebecca, the former Mrs. de Winter, trying to piece together the kind of woman she was, while all the characters deal with the repercussions of Rebecca’s life. It’s very interesting how a character that is never alive during the novel dominates the story, affecting the relationships between characters and driving the plot along. Du Maurier writes in a way that propels the reader, with interesting characters, the narrator being especially complex as we see the inner workings of her mind. Before I read the novel, I saw it described as “suspense” and “chilling,” so I picked Rebecca for the end of October thinking it would be a bit of a supernatural thriller for Halloween. Sadly, it wasn’t; the novel is a suspenseful gothic novel lacking anything supernatural. My mistake equating suspense with thriller. Despite not being what I expected, or getting me ready for Halloween, it was a good story.