The classic Gothic suspense novel by Daphne du Maurier -- winner of the Anthony Award for Best Novel of the Century -- is now a Netflix film starring Lily James and Armie Hammer.
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.
"Daphne du Maurier created a scale by which modern women can measure their feelings." --Stephen King
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Daphne du Maurier’s Gothic romance hasn’t gone out of print since it was first published in 1938, and with good reason. When an unnamed and naïve young woman meets the widowed Maxim, she’s swept up by his charm. After a brief courtship, they move into his sumptuous estate, Manderley. But this fairy-tale idyll soon turns dark—Maxim’s first wife, Rebecca, died under mysterious circumstances, and the housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, may be waging a subtle campaign of terror against Maxim and his new bride. Rebecca absolutely shimmers with ominous dread, supernatural paranoia, and steadily increasing suspense. Du Maurier creates an incredibly vivid world, where everything—from fashion to nature to the mansion at Manderley itself—has sinister overtones, and where every living character feels haunted. Think Downton Abbey if it were given a rewrite by Sylvia Plath. And watch out for the housekeeper.
what a twist
i was assigned this book for a class and from the synopsis the teacher gave me, i was already bored of it before i even started!! You begin reading the booking thinking it’s about a self conscious, meek girl trying to impress her hubby.... boy does that end quick!! the twist, the mystery, the excitement when the truth starts u raveling REALLY made this book a winner. Would read 10x over :)
Best book of the Century
And voted that for good reason. Your skin crawls from the opening line and that feeling of dread builds and builds to it’s shocking climax. Have read it many times and still enjoy it.
Welcome to Manderley
As one reaches the middle of this novel, the reader starts to feel quite at ease in Manderley; it is a home away from home and the reader is a fly on the wall during the most intimate conversations between Maxim and his bride. It is so difficult to put this book down. The reader is compelled to keep reading to see what will happen next.