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Narrated by a young, just-out-of-school young woman who remains unnamed, the novel, Rebecca, follows her as she goes from working as an assistant for an overly demanding, wealthy and fault-finding woman to a whirlwind romance and marriage to the wealthy Maxim de Winter.

After an idyllic honeymoon in Italy, Mr. and Mrs. Maxim de Winter return to his estate in England. Mrs. De Winter knows her new husband is wealthy, but just how wealthy isn't apparent until she arrives with him at his family home, the enormous and overwhelming stone mansion called Manderley, located on the Cornish coast.

As she heads down the tree-lined drive toward the huge stone edifice, Mrs. De Winter begins to feel less and less confident about becoming mistress of such an estate. A sense of foreboding begins to envelop her. Her disease continues as she meets the cold and distant housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, who still keeps the house just as it was when Rebecca, the former Mrs. De Winter, Maxim's first wife, was alive.

Sinister forces seem to inhabit the house. Mrs. Danvers continually makes Mrs. De Winter feel she is inferior to the first Mrs. De Winter and inadequate for the duties of mistress of the manor. Even more disturbing is that it's almost as though Rebecca is still alive.

Secrecy and mystery surround the death of Rebecca, which the new bride determines to uncover. What results is one of the best-loved Gothic novels of all time and a book that has been dubbed the "Best Novel of the 20th Century" at the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention.

Daphne Du Maurier was born in 1907 in London. Her father was actor-manager Sir Gerald du Maurier. Best known for her Gothic suspenseful and romantic style, she wrote "Rebecca" and "The Birds," which was produced by American horror film director Alfred Hatchcock.

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Daphne du Maurier created a scale by which modern women can measure their feelings.”

    Stephen King

  • “Du Maurier is in a class by herself.”

    New York Times

  • “A work of immense intelligence and wit, elegantly written, thematically solid, suspenseful.”

    Washington Post

  • Winner of the Anthony Award for Best Novel of the Century

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Oksana | 5/12/2016

    " What a wonderful book! And what a wonderful narrator!..Thank u very much! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jennifer Farlinger | 2/15/2014

    " Rebecca is one of my favourite books of all time. It's possible I've read it 100 times, and I'm still not tired of it. I like everything about it - the romance that transcends social mores, the mysterious, worldly suitor who recognizes his mate in an ordinary working girl, the perspective of the shy young ingenue catapulted into a world of prestige, her piercing descriptions of her self-conscious struggles, the portraits of the imperious servants and the annoyingly jocular, ponsy relatives, the lavish, metaphorical descriptions of the house and gardens and forest and sea-scape and food at Manderley (the estate she finds herself mistress of), and the noir element of a creepy mystery she must solve to survive. It's a brilliant book but easy reading and I highly recommend it for a Saturday afternoon read in front of the fire when the blustery fall wind is blowing outside. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bev Cote | 2/12/2014

    " I confess. I'm a Rebecca addict. I've probably read it a minimum of once a year for 39 years and watched the movie every time I can find it. The characters are fascinating, especially the evil Mrs Danvers and the cooly aloof Maxim. The rich description of Manderley has always filled me with a desire to find it in real life, walk the halls and smell the lilacs in the gardens. What can I say - if you are a Bronte fan or a fan or gothic novels, you must read this book at least once. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lilycat65 | 2/9/2014

    " An amazing book with tons of thrilling mystery,romance and horror, it will keep you turning the pages! "

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About the Author
Author Daphne du Maurier

Daphne du Maurier (1907-1989) was born in London, the daughter of the actor Sir Gerald du Maurier and granddaughter of the author and artist George du Maurier. She has been called one of the great shapers of popular culture and the modern imagination. She began writing in 1928, and many of her bestselling novels were set in Cornwall, where she lived for most of her life. Besides novels, du Maurier wrote plays, biographies, and several collections of short fiction. Among her more famous works are The Scapegoat, Jamaica Inn, Rebecca, and the short story “The Birds,” all of which were subsequently made into films, the latter three directed by Alfred Hitchcock.