BLURB: “Working as a lady’s companion, the heroine of Rebecca learns her place. Her future looks bleak until, on a trip to the South of France, she meets Max de Winter, a handsome widower whose sudden proposal of marriage takes her by surprise. She accepts, but whisked from glamorous Monte Carlo to the ominous and brooding Manderley, the new Mrs de Winter finds Max a changed man. And the memory of his dead wife Rebecca is forever kept alive by the forbidding housekeeper, Mrs Danvers…”
REVIEW: This is without doubt the best book I have read in a long time. ‘Rebecca’ gripped me from that infamous first line (“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again…”) right until its abrupt and shocking end. The fact that the main character remains nameless only serves to make her experiences more personal to the reader; we feel as though we are the protagonist, suffering agonies over trying to live up to the everlasting reputation of the daring Rebecca, reportedly killed in a drowning accident. It also makes the fear the reader feels of the terrifying housekeeper Mrs Danvers all the more real – although not violent in any way, her psychological manipulation of the protagonist’s feelings and her ongoing campaign of victimisation is enough to send chills up the spine of the reader, particularly when she attempts to encourage the protagonist to commit suicide. I cannot speak much further of the book, because the plot twists are phenomenal and left me surprised and excited at every turn. I felt as though I could hardly breathe until I’d finished the novel, and even though that was a few days ago now, the story has stayed with me – the hallmark of a truly great book. I can’t recommend it highly enough.