This month I am back to doing reviews for the Trope Tuesday Link-Up. This week’s trope is haunted house, and I will be reviewing Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
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Haunted Houses are a very fun and spooky trope to explore. What I like about this idea is that yes, you can have houses haunted by actual ghosts or in the case of Rebecca they can be haunted by memories or even your own fears and insecurities.
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier Review
Mystery/Thriller, Historical Fiction
Working as a lady’s companion, the heroine of Rebecca learns her place. Her future looks bleak until, on a trip to the South of France, she meets Max de Winter, a handsome widower whose sudden proposal of marriage takes her by surprise. She accepts, but whisked from glamorous Monte Carlo to the ominous and brooding Manderley, the new Mrs de Winter finds Max a changed man. And the memory of his dead wife Rebecca is forever kept alive by the forbidding housekeeper, Mrs Danvers…Goodreads
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This is my fourth time reading Rebecca, well this time I listened to it, but you get the idea. I have to admit this audiobook was not the best I’ve listened to, but the story is still wonderful. Rereading this book is not as good as the first time. Knowing what happens isn’t the same as reading it for the first time.
The main character is young and naive, and you have to remember that when you’re reading because if you don’t, she can get a little annoying. She is extremely insecure and haunted by Maxim’s dead wife. Rebecca is dead, but her presence is definitely a character in this book. She haunts the halls of Manderly.
What is great about this story is how it goes from a sort of ghost story to a courtroom drama. Though this book was written over 80 years ago, it is still an interesting read that keeps you turning page after page.
If you haven’t read this one yet, I highly recommend it. I am also VERY excited about the Netflix movie coming out later this month.