Name of Book: Rebecca

Author: Daphne du Maurier

Reviewed by: Ria Nagpal, Class 11, St Mark’s Senior Secondary Public School
Meera Bagh, New Delhi, India

This book is recommended for ages: 13 and up

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” These are the famous opening lines of Rebecca authored by Daphne du Maurier. The heroine of Rebecca works as the companion to a rich American woman and on a trip to the south of France; she meets a handsome Englishman, Maximilian de Winter. They both fall in love and marry each other. Max de Winter takes Winter to his mansion, the beautiful estate Manderley. Her life changes completely after reaching Manderley and a lot of mysteries are unfolded in front of her……..

Rebecca is one of the best books by Daphne du Maurier. The book is so believable that sometimes the haunting events surrounding the protagonist’s life horrify you while you are reading them. According to me, the best aspect of the book is the atmosphere which is created. It makes you curious so as to what will happen next and the feeling of tense that how will the heroine get out of this. Another interesting part is that the name of the protagonist is never revealed. She is only referred to as Mrs. de Winter. The scariest character is Mrs. Danvers. I hated her for moments when she troubled Mrs. De Winter. The book is full of suspense and unexpected mysteries which are a treat to read. When you finish the book, you might look around yourself just to make sure whether you are alone or not. So watch out for it.

There have been several adaptations of the book into movies, TV serials and stage plays. The most notable of them all was the Academy Award winning 1940 Alfred Hitchcock film version Rebecca.