Suspense. Murder. Romance. This book has it all. It is a thrilling novel to read. The style in which the book is written is very different than most authors. The book opens up with the end of the story and then goes back to the beginning of the story to explain the circumstances found in the beginning of the book.
Rebecca is a story of a young orphaned American girl, who, while traveling in Europe, meets a man considerably older than herself. They end up getting married within the month, and the girl goes to live with her new husband in his manor house on the shores of Southern England. The girl’s name is never revealed even though the story is told through her eyes.
This is how the story goes:
The girl gets married to a man she literally just met on vacation. She knows there is something about him that is strange. There are signs of a woman in his life before she came into his life. The former wife’s name, she finds out, is Rebecca. For some reason, everywhere she turns, Rebecca seems to pervade throughout all areas of her new life with her husband. Numerous events happen when her and her husband’s relationship is strained because of something pertaining to Rebecca. Then the bombshell hits. It comes out that her husband killed Rebecca through an accidental discovery in the bay that the manor house overlooked. Efforts are made to re-cover up the murder and cover up that it even was a murder. Their efforts are rewarded. Her husband gets away with the murder, but with the consequences of being left without a permanent home. This is the point at which the beginning of the book makes sense.
All in all, it is a book worth reading, even though it is not by a Christian author. There are a few things that one must be forewarned about, though. Freudian thought permeates the book. There are no lewd or sexual scenes, but a murder scene is described by one of the characters in detail. Also, be careful to look out for themes throughout the book. The book is more clear and understandable if the reader identifies the different themes throughout the book. Younger readers may not understand the book because the content is somewhat geared towards an older audience that understands Freud’s theories.