Rating: 5 out of 5
Summary: We meet our lead character as a lady companion in Monte Carlo. Her employer pays her 90 a year to stay with her, to travel and to attend to her needs. She considers it a favor because she's alone, shy and not very worldly. While in Monte Carlo, Mrs. Van Hopper, her employer, makes it a point to meet Maxim de Winter, the owner of Manderly, a lovely estate that Mrs. Van Hopper tries desperately to get invited to, but he wants nothing to do with her. He is, however, rather fond of her employee (we never learn her name). Maxim's wife has been dead a year, and he is considered to be lonely and taking it rather hard, so she thinks nothing of it when he drives her around daily. And, threatened with the possibility of leaving, she runs to Maxim, and he proposes marriage. What follows however is a strange turn of events as the now Mrs. de Winter must compete with Rebecca his late wife, and a house maid that seems quite obsessed with her old mistress and doesn't mind letting her know that. When the true story about Rebecca's death comes to light, will she be able to keep it together and will their marriage last?
My Thoughts: This was a book club read and I was pretty hesitant about reading it at first. I really did not expect to enjoy the story as much as I did. This is a pretty good mystery tale that doesn't involve cryptic death scenes, deranged serial killers, or very descriptive scenes of how people are gruesomely murdered, but I really did enjoy this tale. I think that is what made it great, it offered a lot of mystery in itself.
The main character grows up a lot through this story. She is kind of child like, but when she is with Maxim, she gets to learn a lot. She has to struggle against so much and I think du Maurier did a pretty nice job of telling that part of the story before truly making her grow into a more sophisticated character that has finally gave up on a lot of petty details. I personally never expected the plot to turn as it did in the middle, and I'm quite surprised with the last few chapters. I think the ending was sort of abrupt, and it does make you want to know more, but I still feel like this was a great book.
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