Rebecca, the classic mystery by Daphne Du Maurier, is billed as the best mystery book of the 20th century, but…eh. It’s fine as mysteries go, but it didn’t really grab me or strike me as terribly important. The book suffers from two-dimensional characters and it was hard for me to get past that.
As I read, I was reminded of two other books: Jane Eyre and The Little Stranger.
Rebecca borrows certain imagery and plot elements from Jane Eyre, but overlooks the likeable heroine and character development that make Jane Eyre a great novel (and one of my favorites).
If you’ve read The Little Stranger you’ll notice some parallels there too. I looked it up and Sarah Waters did list Daphne Du Maurier among her influences. The Little Stranger uses some of the same setting details and narrator qualities found in Rebecca, but boasts a better story line and more complex mystery (although a similarly disappointing ending).
Have you read Rebecca? What did you think of it?
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