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.