Poor, plain Mrs. de Winter. She scurries around Manderley like a frightened little mouse, fraught with insecurity, terrified of the servants, sweet and young and stupidly in love. Despite all this yearning, her emotionally catatonic husband dreams only of her predecessor, Rebecca. And Rebecca's presence clings to Manderley like a sinister negligee. Daphne du Maurier applies pressure expertly; she knows all about the kinetic urgency of a ghost story, and the appeal of a good madonna/whore dichotomy.— Carly
After reading "Rebecca," you'll pull your collar against the fog and look at everyone askance, assuming they have a dark, sordid history and cannot under any circumstance be trusted. It's true. They cannot. Do not trust them.— Landon
"Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again "
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.
First published in 1938, this classic gothic novel is such a compelling read that it won the Anthony Award for Best Novel of the Century.