>> Friday, July 3, 2009
Genre: Fiction/ Gothic Suspense
Publication Date: 1938
Challenges: Support Your Local Library Challenge #31
I’ve had this book on my TBR list for what seems like forever. Thanks to My Friend Amy and the Summer of Hitchcock. I had to finally get it from the library and read it before we watch the movie in early August.
Oh I’m so glad I finally read this. It’s gothic, it’s suspenseful, it’s fabulous. All the great elements are there: big old family house, potentially dangerous sea, possibly evil housekeeper, more secrets than you can shake a stick at. Fun, danger, mystery and just a great read.
Rebecca is dead, but her presence is the constant throughout the book. Her successor as the second Mrs. De Winter doesn’t even get a first name. When she meets and marries the much older Maxim de Winter, our narrator knows his first wife is dead, but she also knows he keeps his past tightly wrapped and hidden. When she arrives at his ancestral family home, the beautiful and imposing Manderly she soon finds that the memory of the first Mrs. de Winter is a constant and possibly malevolent presence. Mrs. Danvers, the housekeeper and longtime maid for Rebecca is a great character. She’s scary, devious and potentially evil.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and was pleasantly surprised that the plot twists were truly surprises to me. It’s not like one of those classics where I knew the twists even before I started. I almost wish a sequel was hiding out there somewhere, though. There were a lot of storylines I felt were kind of dropped. I keep asking myself ‘but whatever happened to ----------?”