Some of my best memories are of visiting my grandmother’s house. She had what I felt was a magical bookcase literally packed with books. And my grandmother claimed to have read them all – every single one. Nothing compares to that bookcase or her books.
One such book is Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier. Rebecca was originally published in 1938 and became an Academy Award winning film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Produced by David O. Selznick, the movie starred Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine. Since Rebecca‘s publication in 1938 the novel has never been out of print.
Who can forget this famous first line?
“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again…”
As a young woman, our narrator is working as an assistant to a wealthy woman, come to stay at a hotel in Monte Carlo. Our narrator meets, loves and marries the enigmatic and troubled Maxim de Winter who takes her to his home in Cornwall.
Maxim’s bride is assailed on all sides by a malicious housekeeper and by the reputation of the first Mrs. de Winter, Rebecca – always poised, beautiful, and unattainable.
Du Maurier’s novel is full of intrigue and drama, hiding a secret in the shadows better left undiscovered. I was thrilled to find Rebecca on my grandmother’s book shelf – it was a wonderful introduction to the mystery genre I came to love so much.
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier