Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Rebecca is a novel of mystery and passion, a dark psychological tale of secrets and betrayal, dead loves and an estate called Manderley that is as much a presence as the humans who inhabit it: "when the leaves rustle, they sound very much like the stealthy movement of a woman in evening dress, and when they shiver suddenly and fall, and scatter away along the ground, they might be the pitter, patter of a woman's hurrying footsteps, and the mark in the gravel the imprint of a high-heeled satin shoe." Manderley is filled with memories of the elegant and flamboyant Rebecca, the first Mrs. DeWinter; with the obsessive love of her housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, who observes the young, timid second Mrs. DeWinter with sullen hostility; and with the oppressive silences of a secretive husband, Maxim. Rebecca may be physically dead, but she is a force to contend with, and the housekeeper's evil matches that of her former mistress as a purveyor of the emotional horror thrust on the innocent Mrs. DeWinter. The tension builds as the new Mrs. DeWinter slowly grows and asserts herself, surviving the wicked deceptions of Mrs. Danvers and the silent deceits of her husband, to emerge triumphant in the midst of a surprise ending that leaves the reader with a sense of haunting justice.

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  • Gayle J.

    "Rebecca" was good! And, as I always say the most fun is discussing the book with this group. The group's answers to the discussion questions are always wonderful and provoke a lot of great discussion I get a kick out of that :). Thanks again Cathy! And nice seeing everyone!

    3 · September 15, 2013

  • Sandy L.

    Sorry I didn't make the meeting. I drove to Frisco, but wasn't able to locate the Cheesecake Factory. I am not familiar with that area.
    I will probably only make the meetings in Plano because the other locations are far from my home.

    September 15, 2013

  • Cathy D.

    Discussion questions are up for Rebecca - there are a lot of them but they're short :-)

    September 9, 2013

    • Margaret

      Where do you post discussion questions. I looked around but did not find these? For instance, I looked under "Discussions" on this site. Thanks.

      September 15, 2013

  • Sha'ron W.

    I will be there a little late!

    September 15, 2013

  • Mary Ann B.

    I will not be there today. I am working because of all the rain they are getting in Colorado

    September 15, 2013

  • Christy

    I forgot I'm supposed to go to the Ranger game with my parents this Sunday :-( I will DEFINITELY be at the next one!

    September 10, 2013

  • Julianna Elizabeth P.

    Wanted to come to this one as I am halfway through the book. Unfortunately, my daughter comes home from camp that afternoon and I'd like to see her.

    September 3, 2013

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