Rebecca's Tale by Sally Beauman
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...without du Maurier's instinctive, sub-conscious, almost bestial force, and her poetry of intimate cruelty and natural fury, Beauman's extension remains a commentary and not what any sequel hopes to be, a challenge.
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April 1951. It is twenty years since the death of Rebecca, the hauntingly beautiful first wife of Maxim de Winter. It is twenty years since the inquest, which famously -- and controversially -- passed a verdict of suicide. Twenty years since Manderley, the de Winters' ancient family seat, was razed to the ground.But Rebecca's tale is just beginning.Family friend Colonel Julyan receives an anonymous parcel in the post. It contains a black notebook with two handwritten words on the first page -- Rebecca's Tale -- and two pictures: a photograph of Rebecca as a young child and a postcard of Manderley.A mysterious young scholar by the name of Terence Gray has also appeared in town, looking for clues to Rebecca's life and death. His presence causes a stir in the quiet hamlet, and the tongues that had wagged about Rebecca years before now attend to the close ties Gray has formed to the Colonel and his single daughter, Ellie.Amid the intrigues of this small coastal town, Ellie, Gray, and the Colonel begin a search for the real Rebecca. Was she the manipulative, promiscuous femme fatale her husband claimed, or the Gothic heroine of tragic proportions that others have suggested? Was her death really suicide, or was it murder?Sally Beauman has taken Daphne du Maurier's celebrated twentieth-century classic, Rebecca, and crafted a compelling companion for the twenty-first century. Haunting, evocative, mesmerizing, Rebecca's Tale is for anyone who has ever dreamed of going back to Manderley.
 

About Sally Beauman

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Sally Beauman is a prolific author of both popular fiction and romance novels. Born in England, she graduated from Girton College, Cambridge, and entered journalism as a staff writer for New York magazine. She later wrote for The New Yorker, was the youngest woman to be appointed editor of Queen magazine, and became associate editor of the Daily Telegraph. Under the pseudonym Vanessa James, Beauman wrote seven Harlequin romances in the 1980s, including The Fire and the Ice and Give Me This Night. Her popular fiction, written under her own name, includes Destiny (1987), Dark Angel (1990), Lovers and Liars (1994), and Danger Zones (1996). Beauman lives with her family in London.
 
Published January 1, 2001 by Harper Collins. 448 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance. Fiction
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Reviewed by Philip Hensher on Sep 22 2001

...without du Maurier's instinctive, sub-conscious, almost bestial force, and her poetry of intimate cruelty and natural fury, Beauman's extension remains a commentary and not what any sequel hopes to be, a challenge.

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Good
on Sep 15 2001

Cleverly, Beauman does not seek to solve the mystery of Rebecca; some threads are left resolutely untied. Rather, the enigma of her personality is retained as both the reader and the characters struggle to master the contradictory accounts of it.

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