Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

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.

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6 thoughts on “Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

  1. The premise is intriguing, though clearly meant for an audience with different romantic expectations than most people today. Its amazing how time has altered our sensabilities regarding amrriage, and the proper way to go about it. Today, the very idea of someone marrying a man much older than herself would be sufficient to cause strain in a marriage (strain on the person entertaining the idea, at that!)

  2. I personally found the story idea fascinating but the implementation poor (from a guy’s perspective). How do I say this? When I was going through the story, it seemed to focus to much from a womans perspective. I felt unable to empathize with the character because the book spent so much time dwelling on her emotions and reactions.

    While that probably helps to attract female readers, it forces the story into an academic reading for me. What do you lady’s think of that view of the story? Am I crazy, or would you agree that it emphasizes her emotional makeup and reactions?

  3. The fascination that I had with the book are because of the subtle, but important themes throughout the book. Also, the author IS a woman. Naturally it would be a woman’s perspective with a woman’s emotions.
    I personally don’t think it emphasizes the main character’s emotions and reactions too much because her reactions are essential in carrying the story forward. One thing to remember is that this book is a narrative from one charater’s perspective with all their emotions and thoughts dominating the book.

  4. Women do tend to focus more on emotions than guys do, and sadly guys, this is an extreme version of how women think. I didn’t like the emphasis on her emotions either, and I’m a girl, but some emphasis on how a woman feels is important for me to be interested in the story. The woman in “Rebecca”, though, seemed to focus on her feelings to the point of narcissism. But then, she doesn’t appear to believe in G_d, which could explain alot. Very interesting book.

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