Synopsis: The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady’s maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives–presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.
Review: This classic novel jumped up my TBR following the release of the Netflix adaptation of Rebecca. I made sure to read the book first. Set mostly in the bleak Manderley, we follow a naïve young women navigate her marriage to a secretive bachelor whilst battling with those in the house who wish her ill. The atmosphere created whilst reading this novel was incredible, each chapter teeters you closer to the shocking truth of what happened to Rebecca. I loved how all of the parts of the twisted web untangled in front of us revealing how even the unlikeliest of characters knew more than expected. With that said, I didn’t find any of the characters likeable but with such a dark atmospheric novel it didn’t matter at all.
I enjoyed the ending of the book and found that in some way everyone got what they deserved. I did watch the movie the day after finishing the book and honestly I found it tepid in comparison. Definitely go for the book in this instance or give the Hitchcock version a go.
Have you read Rebecca? What do you think of the novel?