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KIU Book Club: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier


KIU, Western Campus - Rebecca is a 1938 Gothic novel by English author Dame Daphne du Maurier which tells the story of a young woman who impetuously marries a wealthy widower, only to discover that he and his household are haunted by the memory of his late first wife, the title character.

The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady's maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate in Manderley that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives--presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.

With its iconic opening line “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again…” Rebecca has that captivating appeal that makes you turn the pages almost hungrily.

The story is a constant reminder to never believe in what appears to be too good to be true and to always tread carefully lest you find it impossible to retrace your steps.

Information from goodreads and Wikipedia was used in this review.

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