Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

82%

37 Critic Reviews

It was Rebecca that made me realize I didn't wish my life were more like a Gothic novel.
-NPR

Synopsis

A true classic of suspense in a beautiful new package for a whole new generation of readers.
 

About Daphne Du Maurier

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Daphne du Maurier (1907--1989), a novelist, playwright, biographer, and short-story writer, was born into an artistic family in London. She began writing short stories and articles in 1928 and in 1931 her first novel, "The Loving Spirit," was published. Many of her works were adapted into films, including "Rebecca,"" ""The Birds," and "Don't Look Now." In June 1969, du Maurier was named a Dame of the British Empire. Patrick McGrath was born in London in 1950. His works include "Blood and Water and Other Tales," "The Grotesque," "Spider," "Dr. Haggard's Disease," "Asylum" (which was short-listed for the 1996 "Guardian" Fiction Prize and made into a feature film), "Martha Peake," and "Port Mungo," His most recent novel is "Trauma" (April 2008). He lives in London and New York with his wife, Maria Aitken.
 
Published December 17, 2013 by Little, Brown and Company. 449 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Romance, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Education & Reference, Horror, Children's Books, Humor & Entertainment, Comics & Graphic Novels, Action & Adventure, Science & Math, Arts & Photography. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Rebecca
All: 37 | Positive: 32 | Negative: 5

NPR

Above average
Reviewed by Tara Altebrando on Sep 03 2012

It was Rebecca that made me realize I didn't wish my life were more like a Gothic novel.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Jennifer Lafferty on Jul 05 2012

The massive appeal of “Rebecca” cannot be attributed to one single thing. Suspense is almost an exact science in literature; and Du Maurier clearly mastered it in the pages of “Rebecca”.

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BlogHer

Good
Reviewed by leahmsilverman on May 24 2012

...as the truth about the past continues to unfold, the plot becomes more and more interesting. It was suspenseful in all the good ways, making it a thrilling read.

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Chamber Four

Good
Reviewed by ALEX REICHERTER, on Apr 19 2010

For anyone who has ever had trouble mastering the most basic and essential building blocks of good fiction (namely plot, setting and character), I can think of no better place to go for inspiration than this brilliant and engrossing mystery.

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Book Forum

Good
Reviewed by Claire Messud on Jun 01 2011

Du Maurier’s story was fantastic and antiquated when published in 1938, but it has direct relevance even today...

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Mystery Scene

Excellent
Reviewed by Linda Fairstein on Aug 20 2014

Rebecca remains one of my favorite crime novels, though murder was certainly not the reason a librarian first placed it in my hands.

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Your Entertainment Corner

Good
Reviewed by Elle on Jul 01 2011

This book is absolutely one of my favorites and I will read it again and again, hoping to pick up something new each time.

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As You Like It

Above average
Reviewed by Becky C. on Sep 07 2012

After all is said and done, Mr. and Mrs. de Winter may have come to a better understanding of one another but this is not a love story; Bella and Edward have a healthier relationship. It is, however, an excellent story of human flaws, most notably pride, jealousy and misperception.

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Teen Ink

Excellent
Reviewed by Kimberlywrites on Aug 19 2014

Twist after twist enliven the novel, as each mystery is slowly unraveled and the reader is shocked beyond imagination. It is a tantalizing story of intrigue, love, and betrayal which won’t soon be forgotten.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Nalini S. on Aug 19 2014

...I would recommend Rebecca to any reader who is looking for a book which is not a sickly-sweet romance, but rather a fascinating read.

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Teen Ink

Below average
Reviewed by Ups123 on Aug 19 2014

This book may be considered a master piece but for me it's just a dull and unrealistic portrait of the suffering of one person that seems to be too much for one person alone to bear.

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All the Books I Can Read

Good
Reviewed by 1GIRL2MANYBOOKS on Mar 19 2011

Rebecca is definitely a novel for me, that lives up to the hype it has built up over the past 70-odd years. I can understand why so many people count it among their favourites – amazing narrative voice, excellent plot, really engaging pace.

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Novelicious

Good
Reviewed by Eleanor Moran on Feb 04 2013

Perhaps that’s why Rebecca is such an enduring classic, adapted for the screen time and time again. I know for me that I can always still while away a cold winter’s day lost in its pages.

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Things Mean a Lot

Good
Reviewed by Ana S on Sep 26 2008

Rebecca’s unnamed protagonist had my sympathy from the very start. I could see a little of myself in her timidity, her awkwardness, her reluctance and her self-doubts. And plus there’s the fact that her storytelling voice is absolutely riveting.

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Inverarity is not a Scottish village

Below average
on Oct 17 2011

This is one of those books I can appreciate as a worthy literary accomplishment without liking it. The mystery introduced in the beginning - what happened to Max de Winter's first wife, Rebecca? - builds and builds...It's a great book, but I still would have liked to see Mrs. Danvers go Norma Bates on the narrator.

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The Blue Bookcase

Above average
Reviewed by Christina on Aug 19 2014

I enjoyed reading it and I think it's a good piece of literature. I just didn't adore it the way everyone else does.

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Under My Apple Tree

Good
Reviewed by Leslie on Jul 19 2012

Overall a wonderful classic that shouldn’t be missed. The BBC Audio production was excellent and as good a choice as reading the book itself.

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Pretty Books

Above average
on Feb 26 2012

Rebecca is a slow, but not at all tedious, read. Daphne du Maurier gradually creates an unbearably tense atmosphere, which was my favourite aspect of the novel. It was unlike anything I’ve read.

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The Lit B***h

Good
on Aug 19 2014

This novel is very atmospheric. du Maurier has a flair for the dramatic and mood! I loved how dark and uneasy the whole novel made me. In the novel we never know the name of the second Mrs de Winter….and honestly that bothered me for a number of chapters.

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Sarah Says Read

Good
on Aug 19 2014

Anyways this book was a total WIN for me. So glad that I added it to my Classics Club list, or I might never have gotten around to picking it up. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more Daphne du Maurier too...

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Impressions In Ink

Good
Reviewed by Annette on Mar 27 2012

I thought this book was marvelous! A perfect character study. A perfect psychological display of people at their worst, and people at the boiling point of disaster. I can't say I was completely surprised by the chain of events that concluded this story. I did gasp aloud upon hearing of what actually took place and why.

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Iris on Books

Excellent
on Feb 02 2012

...I suspect will be one of my all time favourites. It is also why I am a little at a loss for words about it. But, fear not, that ending had me wanting to start reading it again straight away, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if I reread it sooner than later.

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Caribous Mom

Excellent
Reviewed by Wendy on Nov 08 2008

Rebecca is one of those novels which everyone should read at some point in his or her life. Highly recommended, especially for readers who love Gothic Fiction and classic literature.

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Tiny Library

Excellent
Reviewed by Sam on Jun 08 2013

I read this book in just two days as I simply couldn't put it down. It's become a new favourite and one I'm sure I will revisit in the future, to see if I can get any deeper into the mystery.

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Reading Matters

Below average
Reviewed by kimbofo on Mar 07 2012

While the story is memorable and will stay with me for a long time, on the whole Rebecca won't make it onto my list of all-time favourite reads. And I know I'm going to be slated for this, but it's at least 150 pages too long!

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Pages of Julia's Blog

Good
Reviewed by pagesofjulia on May 09 2011

I wish I could read this book again for the first time! I know du Maurier has written much else. I hope it is up to this standard because I thought it was outstanding. Genre fiction? I don’t know, I’m stumped, but whatever it is, it’s worth reading.

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My Books. My Life.

Excellent
on Aug 20 2010

It was so fascinating to watch how Rebecca, this important character who is never actually there, shapes the story, leaving our narrator to simply cry, “I could fight the living but I could not fight the dead.”

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Prolific Living

Good
on Nov 22 2009

Rebecca is a classic, and can withstand the test of time – both the novel, and the character. The writing is superb. The elaborate descriptions of Manderley and the key characters, all wrapped within the mystery that starts to unfold one thin layer at a time, it all makes for a fantastic read.

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Swamp of Boredom

Good
on Oct 05 2010

...Rebecca is definitely a book you need to go into with as little information as possible. It isn’t considered de Maurier’s masterpiece because she is able to set a mood or create believable, and irritating, characters, but because it is so exquisitely plotted that the payoff is worth it.

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Insatiable Book Sluts

Excellent
Reviewed by THETWORS on Oct 21 2012

Rebecca is an excellent read, one of those great books that sounds impressive on your reading resumé but is as dishy a read as US Weekly. It’s one of those books I recommend to everyone...

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Reactions to Reading

Good
on Oct 04 2011

...seriously but deliciously creepy. It is possibly worrying how much I enjoyed this depiction of pure evil.

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The Worm Hole

Good
on Feb 11 2013

This shows just how powerful memories can be. It is only the heroine (and Mrs Danvers, admittedly – would she have been so wretched if the heroine had been strong?) who thinks of Rebecca. The references to the woman make her seem as important as anyone else. She isn’t really, and yet she is the catalyst.

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Bundle of Books

Good
on Oct 07 2011

Rebecca is a must-read, but make sure you take the time to truly enjoy it, because when you read it for the first time, with fresh eyes, it will be breathtaking. Once you know all the secrets of the novel, reading it a second time will not be the same.

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GreenBeanTeenQueen

Excellent
Reviewed by GreenBeanTeenQueen on May 05 2011

The writing is wonderful and really places the reader into the story. It’s easy to get caught up in the book and get lost in the story.

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Gudrun's Tights

Below average
on Aug 14 2013

Though Rebecca is not one of my favorite classics, I think it is incredibly suspenseful and darkly atmospheric, qualities that I enjoy but that might not make for the best discussion.

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Melody's Reading Corner

Good
Reviewed by Melody on Dec 16 2013

I really liked the way how Daphne du Maurier crafted Rebecca as she cleverly leads you into her world of Manderley and how the story slowly unfolds as you keep flipping through the pages.

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Tara Calaby

Excellent
on Mar 05 2012

...adore it I did. It's clever and engrossing and so prettily written that it's no surprise that it's considered a modern classic. A wonderful read.

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