From Goodreads: “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. “
Well this was a very pleasant surprise! I really wasn’t expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did!
I tried reading this a few years ago, but thought it was so boring that I gave up before Max De Winter and his new wife left Monte Carlo. I must admit that it almost happened again in the same place, but Anna Massey’s wonderful narration kept me going and I was hooked!
The story is definitely a slow burn, not the sort that I normally go for, but the intrigue surrounding the infamous Rebecca, and the nightmarish Mrs Danvers kept me listening. Just like the unnamed protagonist I wanted to find out more about the first Mrs De Winter.
I must admit I got very frustrated with the new Mrs De Winter, and wished she would toughen up and stop being such a wuss! 😂
I think I must have seen the old Hitchcock film sometime, as I knew some of the twists, unless of course I was just very good at guessing what was going to happen next. 😂
Anna Massey’s narration was incredible! She was brilliant at bringing all the different characters to life, young and old, male and female. I particularly liked her portrayal of Jack Favell, Ben, Beatrice and Mrs Danvers.
This book has definitely changed my mind about listening to more audiobooks by Daphne Du Maurier, in fact I’ve already added Jamaica Inn, Frenchman’s Creek and My Cousin Rachel to my audible wishlist.
Highly recommended, especially if you enjoy slow burners full of tension and mystery.