Sunday, September 16, 2012

CBR4 #28 Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

With these words, the reader is ushered into an isolated gray stone mansion on the windswept Cornish coast, as the second Mrs. Maxim de Winter recalls the chilling events that transpired as she began her new life as the young bride of a husband she barely knew. For in every corner of every room were phantoms of a time dead but not forgotten—a past devotedly preserved by the sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers: a suite immaculate and untouched, clothing laid out and ready to be worn, but not by any of the great house's current occupants. With an eerie presentiment of evil tightening her heart, the second Mrs. de Winter walked in the shadow of her mysterious predecessor, determined to uncover the darkest secrets and shattering truths about Maxim's first wife—the late and hauntingly beautiful Rebecca.
I found a copy of this book in a used bookstore and thought it might be a nice addition to my TBR pile.  I didn't know what to expect, but knew this book was a classic.  Personally, I didn't get into the book until Rebecca's body surfaced.  Prior to that I was annoyed with the new Mrs. Maxim character and wished that Maxim gave her more attention.

If you haven't read this classic mystery you should keeping in mind the time period this book was written in versus modern mysteries. 

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