I loved the writing it was very transportive. The perfect book if you want to escape. Loved the twists and surprises in this book.”
“The first few chapters were a bit slow for me and I wasn't sure if I was going to like it but then it really took off. When our heroine met Maxim de Winter I was engrossed in the story and could not put it down. Each chapter revealed a little bit more of the past and created more mystery. All the twist and turns were not expected, which is a sign of a good mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed all the characters even the ones I loved to hate. I found it to be an engaging story, well written and stood the test of time. A 5 star book for me and so glad I read it.”Cafe Mom wrote this review Saturday, May 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Despite the insipid, nameless protagonist I liked it. All that intrigue. ”Kez Schmez wrote this review Tuesday, May 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“'I', or Mrs Winter am a main character of the story who was an orphan. One day, she went to Monte Carlo with Mrs. Van Hooper as a paid companion of her. Then there she meets Maxim de Winter by accidentally, who is a middle-aged rich widower and owns a mansion that looks like a castle in Maderley. After they meet few times, they began to love each other, and 'I' marry Maxim de Winter and become Mrs. de Winter. Since 'I' started to live in Manderley, people except Mrs Danvers seem to really welcome her because all of them liked Rebecca, the first wife of Maxim de Winter who has died by drowning. One day, Rebecca, who was supposed to be lying under the ground, was found in a boat drowned at the lake of the Manderley during a ball. Then Jack, Rebecca's cousin, points at Maxim as a murderer of her.
I really like mystery novels such as Sherlock Holmes, Arsene Rupin and the novels of Agatha Christie. I did not know much about du Maurier before, but after I read "Rebecca", I began to like her stories too. "Rebecca"'s story goes in a fast tempo and that gives me more thrill and curiosity on the next story just like if I am reading a thriller. As I was reading the story, I kept feeling so intense. I was a little shocked when it was revealed that Jack was the lover of Rebecca even though they are cousins. Also, the last part of the story was a mixture of thriller and reflections. The ending was really cool. I have never expected such an ending like that while I was reading this book. During the story, 'I' feels inferior to Rebecca who seemed to be as a perfect image of women although she was not. I realized how feeling inferior can be really fearful and dangerous. While I was reading the book, I was bit scared by a character Mrs Danvers. She seems to have really loved Rebecca, and the author deals with a sensitive problem called homosexuality. However, she seems to be obsessing at Rebecca too much, and keeps driving the main character 'I' to suicide. In addition, at the very ending...read the book!”
“The twists and turns of this novel really surprised me. The plot kept me interested. It subsequently drove me insane that the reader never learns the narrator's name. ”Miranda H wrote this review Tuesday, April 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“"Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again."
The opening of Rebecca is as mysterious and haunting as the plot of the story and the nameless narrator whose name is never revealed. ”
“Rebecca is a flashback about a nameless young woman who becomes Mrs. de Winter and how she fares at Manderley. In her flashback, the heroine meets Maxim de Winter in a hotel at Monte Carlo. She is a paid companion to a Mrs. Van Hopper. After courting for only two weeks, Maxim asks her to marry him; she accepts and they go to Manderley, his home.
Once at Manderley, the heroine finds out how Maxim's first wife died, or so it seems. However, the heroine is intimidated by the housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, who was very fond of Rebecca when she was living. The heroine learns about Rebecca's beauty, charm, grace, and reputation, all of which seem impeccable. She believes that she cannot live up to Rebecca's legend and that Maxim is still in love with Rebecca.
One day when a ship runs aground in a cove near the Manderley home, divers surveying the wreckage find Rebecca's boat with her body in its hold. Rumors spread like wildfire. Maxim is forced to tell the heroine the truth. (Spoiler Alert. The succeeding paragraph has been removed for that reason.)
The heroine is relieved to find that Maxim never loved Rebecca. There is an inquest, causing Maxim much anxiety. (Spoiler Alert. The succeeding paragraph has been removed for that reason.) Despite much hardship, Maxim is exonerated. On their way home to Manderley, Maxim and his wife cross a ridge just miles from Manderley and see it in flames. The story ends intimating that Mrs. Danvers was responsible.
This story is so beautifully worded that the words flow through the mind and over the tongue like smooth water.
At first the beginning of the story is confusing, but everything quickly falls into place.
The unnamed heroine is so easy to identify with, as she seems to embody every thought of naivety and well meaning intention.
The values of loyalty, honor, and love stand stronger than the forces beyond the grave. The elements of revenge, duplicity and fear are woven throughout the story. A way to cope with fear is evident in the unnamed heroine's story, causing it to be a story not only of resolve but of courage and triumph. ”
“A literary classic, whether you're into mysteries or not this one is a must-read.”deirdre reads wrote this review Saturday, March 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Loved it the first time. Am re-reading it for Book Club”jill w sisson wrote this review Wednesday, March 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I listened to this audio book because I've come upon this title several times in the past months, and as it's a classic I felt I should know about it. I'm fairly neutral about this; I don't like Max de Winter (the husband) but hope he and Rebecca will have had a long and happy marriage nor do I like Rebecca much but I admire her loyalty. It's a well-written book and I now see why it's a classic.”hinon wrote this review Monday, March 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No