Why this book?
This classic psychological thriller is a favorite of mine because of the strong atmosphere (the estate of Manderley, by the sea) and because of the beautiful writing (always a requirement for me). Our narrator, whose name we never learn, is young, deferential, and lacking in confidence—and so was I many years ago when I first read this book. Since then I have read it half a dozen times. It does bear re-reading. The strongest personality in the book is that of Rebecca, who is dead. This is not a ghost story, but it might as well be.
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
* 'The greatest psychological thriller of all time' ERIN KELLY
* 'One of the most influential novels of the twentieth century' SARAH WATERS
* 'It's the book every writer wishes they'd written' CLARE MACKINTOSH
'Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .'
Working as a lady's companion, our heroine's outlook is bleak until, on a trip to the south of France, she meets a handsome widower whose proposal takes her by surprise. She accepts but, whisked from glamorous Monte Carlo to brooding Manderley, the new Mrs de Winter finds Max a changed man. And the memory…