Working as a lady's companion, the heroine of Rebecca learns her place. Her future looks bleak until, on a trip to the South of France, she meets Max de Winter, a handsome widower whose sudden proposal of marriage takes her by surprise. She accepts, but whisked from glamourous Monte Carlo to the ominous and brooding Manderley, the new Mrs de Winter finds Max a changed man. And the memory of his dead wife Rebecca is forever kept alive by the forbidding housekeeper, Mrs Danvers...
Not since Jane Eyre has a heroine faced such difficulty with the Other Woman. An international bestseller that has never gone out of print,Rebecca is the haunting story of a young girl consumed by love and the struggle to find her identity.
So Lauren and I are doing this Epic Rec thing and this was her January pick for me :’)
Rebecca is narrated by a female character so boring she’s never given a name (legit, at no point do we learn her name because she is about as interesting as wallpaper) but don’t let that put you off because this is an amazing novel. As you might have guessed, Rebecca is actually about a woman long since dead; the narrator is haunted by Rebecca’s presence throughout the novel. The novel begins by introducing to our boring narrator living her boring life until ~love~. The mysterious, recently bereaved Max De Winter and our narrator fall into a courtship that ends in marriage; after their honeymoon, De Winter and his new wife return to his home, Manderley. The large, brooding English house – famous across the English countryside – is a character in and of itself, bringing a sinister and hostile presence to the narrative. Our narrator is super overwhelmed by her duties as a wife because she is rubbish at everything and clashes with the housekeeper, Mrs Danvers, who basically hates her on sight *claps gleefully* As the novel unfolds, our narrator becomes more paranoid and upset about Rebecca’s presence in her life, not least because everyone ever can’t help but compare the two. We learn more and more about Rebecca are secrets are revealed, leading up to a rather brilliant climax.