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REBECCA by Daphne du Maurier Kirkus Star


by Daphne du Maurier

Pub Date: Sept. 23rd, 1938
ISBN: 0385043805
Publisher: Doubleday

A brilliant piece of writing, with the atmosphere and suspense and pace that made Jamaica Inn an absorbing and thrilling story -- and it has besides a depth of characterization and soundness of psychological conflict that makes it a finer and more penetrating book. The story is told through the eyes of the unsophisticated and somewhat terrified young second wife of Maxim de Winter, owner of Manderley, a Cornish estate that had won renown under the executive management and fascination of the first Mrs. de Winter, Rebecca. Bit by bit, the character of Rebecca is built up in the mind of her successor, and the sinister figure of the housekeeper who had adored her, strengthens the conviction that her ghost haunts the place. Then comes disaster, impending tragedy, and in the face of what seems the end of all things, a new Rebecca emerges -- and a new marriage is brought to life. A haunting sense of impending tragedy keeps one breathless to the end. It is fascinating reading. Should be easy to sell -- easy to rent.