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A true classic of suspense in a beautiful new package for a whole new generation of readers.
ISBN: 9780385043809
Branch Call Number: FICTION Du Maurier 1938


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OPL_JaneS Feb 02, 2018

A classic in Gothic lit, despite the fact that it was published in 1938. A young working class woman has a whirlwind romance and marriage with a man she meets on holiday, but comes to understand she is living in the shadow of the first Mrs. de Winter, the beautiful and charismatic Rebecca.

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LPL_KatieF Mar 03, 2019

2019 Book Squad Reading Goals - Amateur detective

Dec 27, 2018

This book creeped me out. It was pretty fantastic. I don't believe you ever know the narrator's name. She just assumes her predecessor's title as the wife of the lord of the manor, and she struggles to find an identity in the shadow of this preternatural beast of a woman's legacy.

Dec 18, 2018

What a tedious read! Far too much repetitive detail; and what's with this 'he said', 'she said' ?? As if the reader is too clued out to determine who is speaking, and why not use a few synonyms for 'said'? I read to the end, hoping there would be some sort of denouement, resolution, or closure, but no... It was as if the author had no clue how to bring such a long novel to a satisfactory conclusion.

i hope you are well aware that Hitchcock made this book into a boffo film, filled with suspence. i knew a young girl in Frisco, her first name was Rebecca. i would jokingly mutter 'Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm' over her shoulder while she was steeping her tea. the way it turns out, the title character of this story better represents her. . . . ah, but the real Rebecca who i knew, had eyes of the deepest blue, a blue i'm not sure is represented on any colour spectrum. // Anyway, the film is great, and the director, from what i have gleaned, had mucho respect for the book's author, as well as the story, itself. quiz question: what was the Mcguffin?

Nov 12, 2018

Quick and enjoyable with 1930's nuance mixed with mystery and deceit. It's an interesting time to read it as its background setting is class distinction, a women's "place", marriage, and a splash of a police investigation.

Oct 31, 2018

Rebecca is a classic gothic novel, which never gets old. This story was so enthralling, and engrossing, that it definitely deserves more than five stars! The novel’s heroine was the protagonist and narrator of the story. We never learn her name. Her past and maiden name is completely unknown, but she is known as a shy, sensitive orphan. She marries the older, wealthy widower Maxim de Winter, and becomes Mrs. De Winter”. His first wife was Rebecca De Winter and she was a very beautiful and charming woman. When she learned she would die from cancer, she torments her husband…I will leave the rest up to your imagination. Read this novel and you will never put it down. 5/5 stars
@janmorrow1225 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jun 18, 2018

This is my absolute favorite book. I really enjoyed all the plot twists that du Maurier added. I think I fell in love from the first words I read! Definitely recommend!

Apr 14, 2018

Gothic romance loaded with atmosphere and some very interesting and vivid characters. Very enjoyable reading.

Dec 05, 2017

This novel shows the growth of the main character from a insecure young single women to a confident married women of an English estate. I think the main theme of this novel is you cannot escape you mistakes.

shokolit Oct 22, 2017

I've read this book years ago, but decided recently to read it again. Turns out, I don't remember most of it. I like the writing, but have somewhat of a hard time with the narrator. She is so self deprecating, weak and naive. The first time I read the book, I liked her. But now, many years later, well, not so much. In my opinion, although its a very old book, with some hard to stomach terms and stereotypes (that make the modern reader cringe ), its still a classic that is so very well written.

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EPLPicks_Teen Apr 07, 2010

The second Mrs. Maxim de Winter enters the home of her mysterious and enigmatic new husband and learns the story of the house's first mistress, to whom the sinister housekeeper is unnaturally devoted.

May 20, 2009

The story concerns a woman who marries an English nobleman and returns with him to Manderley, his country estate. There, she finds herself haunted by reminders of his first wife, Rebecca, who died in a boating accident less than a year earlier. In this case, the haunting is psychological, not physical: Rebecca does not appear as a ghost, but her spirit affects nearly everything that takes place at Manderley. The narrator, whose name is never divulged, is left with a growing sense of distrust toward those who loved Rebecca, wondering just how much they resent her for taking Rebecca's place. In the final chapters, the book turns into a detective story, as the principal characters try to reveal or conceal what really happened on the night Rebecca died.


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Sep 02, 2011

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.

May 05, 2010

"They were all fitting into place, the jig-saw pieces. The odd strained shapes that I had tried to piece together with my fumbling fingers and they had never fitted. Frank's odd manner when I spoke about Rebecca. Beatrice and her rather diffident negative attitude. The silence that I had always taken for sympathy and regret was a silence born of shame and embarrassment. It seemed incredible to me now that I had never understood. I wondered how many people there were in the world who suffered, and continued to suffer, because they could not break out from their own web of shyness and reserve, and in their blindness and folly built up a great wall in front of them that hid the truth. This was what I had done. I had built up false pictures in my mind and sat before them. I had never had the courage to demand the truth. Had I made one step forward out of my own shyness Maxim would have told these things four months, five months ago."


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