Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Rebecca- Daphne Du Maurier

Rebecca is a book that I normally wouldn't have picked up. I am grateful to the Nest Book Club for picking this book as our monthly read though because I ended up really liking it.

This book had a lot going on and took some time to get into, but the payoff made it worth it.

Rebecca is a story of a young women who marries a widowed man, his wife Rebecca dying only 11 months before in a boating accident, or did she. The book continues with the new Mrs. De Winters (we never learn her name) trying to fit in to her new wife role, but can't because the old wife was still around in spirit. The beautiful, wonderful, Loving Rebecca.

As it turns out Rebecca did not die in a boating accident and wasn't so wonderful. Her and Maxim were never happy and she slept around. One night there was a confrontation between her and Maxim where she leads him to believe that she is pregnant with another man's baby and she will raise it as a De Winters and that the son will be entitled to Manderley when Maxim died. Maxim in turn shot her and took her to her boat and made it sink.

Once her body and boat were found they ruled her death a suicide, but one of Rebecca's men did not believe that. They found out that Rebecca was not pregnant, but with cancer. Maxim feels that she wanted him to kill her so she would not live with the pain anymore.

This book is written so well that you don't see the twists and turns coming. This book really makes you think.

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