Author: Daphne Du Maurier
Pages: 357 pages
Source: Borrowed from Library
My Rating: 4 stars
Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .
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 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.
I buddy read this book with Merphy from YouTube. I have been following her for a while now and she has definitely become one of my favorite Booktubers to watch. This year she has been buddy reading classics with her followers. I’ve been wanting to read more classics so I finally decided to join her for this months buddy read of Rebecca.
Y’all know classics tend to be mostly misses for me with a couple hits here and there. At first I thought this was going to be another miss for me but luckily I ended up enjoying it in the end. While doing some research for another book I saw that this had been classified as a horror which made me even more excited to read it. Unfortunately that was a big disappointment because to me this is not horror at all. That is at no fault to the book or author I just wanted to let y’all know what I was expecting going into it.
So to begin with I was disappointed I wasn’t getting the horror aspect that I was expecting and excited for and I was pretty bored for the first half of the novel. Like I said this was a buddy read so that’s a big reason why I continued reading it but I was also intrigued enough to keep reading because of the mystery and suspense.
The last half was what really got me. I didn’t want to put the book down. There were so many reveals that I never saw coming. The last half of the book was what made this a 4 star book for me.
Most of the characters aren’t likable and honestly I was annoyed with the behavior of pretty much all of them especially the main characters. But even though I didn’t like the characters I still feel like it made for a great story and I can honestly say that at this point this is on of my favorite classics that I have read granted I haven’t read that many.
I definitely think this book is worth reading. If you can get past the first half of the book which is a little slow and boring the last half picks up and you wont want to put it down. There are so many twists you wont see coming.