Why did I love this book?
A masterpiece of gothic literature, Rebecca was the first book to draw me to the genre. Hooked by the first line, “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again”…I remained spellbound by every atmospheric scene and suspenseful twist until reaching the last haunting words, “And the ashes blew towards us with the salt wind from the sea." Only after finishing did I realize that the book’s narrator, the young second wife of enigmatic Maxim de Winter, is never introduced by name. Though dead, it is the title character and first Mrs. de Winter—Rebecca—who continues to torment the newly married couple.
The home itself, which du Maurier brings to life with such a beautiful description, becomes a vital character in the story. Without Manderley, there would be no Rebecca.