Fiction Fridays – Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

This post is based on a concept by @homedad.  His idea is to celebrate the best books written for children, and he’s doing that here:

I’ve decided to do it a little differently and post the book that I’m currently reading.  This week, it’s Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, which came to me in audiobook form.

The famous first line of this book is “Last night I dreamt of Mandalay”.  I was gripped by this book from the very beginning.  The book is beautifully read by Emma Fielding, whose credentials are mainly in Shakespeare which is evident in the way she brings each character to life.  I’d never read the book before and knew nothing about it.  I was surprised to find that the character of the title is already dead before the book begins.  I listened to the book in the car and on many occasions I was almost left wishing for a traffic jam so I could have more time to hear what comes next.  I would often arrive at my destination and have to wait in the car until the end of the track to have an acceptable point at which to leave the story.

The plot develops quickly and I was drawn in by the descriptive prose. There is a marvellous twist about three quarters of the way through the story which takes it in an entirely different and unexpected direction.  There is a clue at the beginning of the story as to how it ends, but there are several twists in the tale before it’s explained why it ends as it does.  I would highly recommend this book.

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7 Responses to Fiction Fridays – Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

  1. Nikki Thomas says:

    Interesting choice! I read this book in my early teens and I wasn’t that keen, but I would probably really enjoy it now!

  2. Lisa says:

    This is one of my favourites! Mrs Danvers has to be amongst the best literary villains of all time. Have you seen the Hitchcock film version? Brilliant!

  3. Older Mum says:

    This is such a good book …. this was one of my o’level literature books. I seem to remember that the house keeper wasnt very nice. By the way, your last post is a fantastic piece of writing. Really evocative!

  4. Susanna says:

    Thanks for the recommendation, always on the lookout for new reads!

  5. Zazzy says:

    I haven’t read this in such a long time – I’m going to have to get a copy! Have you read the Thursday Next novels? Mrs Danvers makes a sinister appearance in them.

  6. I started to read this book and was really enjoying it. Then by chance I saw a TV film of the book was being screened (with Emila Fox and Charles Dance) and got drawn into watching it. I so wish I hadn’t, as I do think the characters and the suspense would have felt greater if I’d read it rather than watched it. That said, it’s still a superb story and I did enjoy the film. Audio books are a good idea. I’ve always wanted to read Anna Karenina but have been put off by the number of pages – maybe I’ll see if I can find it on audio book!