Rebecca – reviewed by Stephanie Olah

Rebecca

by Daphne du Maurier

Reviewed by Stephanie Olah

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I’m a 14 years old girl whose living is in Argentina. I didn’t choose to read “Rebecca”; my literature teacher told me and my partners to do so. When I first heard we were going to read this book I thought it would be boring but in just three pages Daphne du Maurier showed me the contrary. It is a relievable and likeable, wonderful novel. A novel which will make you bite your nails and even cry.

The storyline consists in the life of a sweet young lady who marries a well-known man, Mr. Maxim de Winter. This lady, married to a man 20 years older than her, has to fight with the memories of the old Mrs. De Winter and coexist with the love everyone has towards the dead ex wife. You will have to uncover the mystery of the true murderer of this loved, kind-hearted woman called Rebecca. Was it the storm? Or herself committing suicide? Come on!  Read the book to find out!
This book starts in a very particular way; its beginning is a dream of the narrator, which you will not understand until the very last paragraph. I loved this and the fact that the whole story is told by a woman whose name we never know. My favorite part of the book is Chapter 18 “The Truth About Rebecca”, in this chapter is when Mr. de Winter finally decides to tell the narrator what really happened that dark, windy night, Rebecca’s last night. My least favorite part is the end of this full-of-suspense story, but only because I didn’t expected that to happen. I wouldn’t do any changes on the story, because it’s absolutely fantastic as it is!

Daphne du Maurier wrote a couple of books about spiteful, cunning women whose two personalities are shown as long as the events of the different stories take place. The inner worlds in her books start revealing slowly and gradually. She doesn’t intend to confuse her readers, but instead show how things are not always what they seem.

This book gave me a clear view of how sometimes we think we know someone, but the truth is that they are being completely fake. It opened my mind to the real world. When I finished reading it I felt delighted because I could pass my subject, I have read a brilliant book and learned a rule of life. Now I just want to read it over and over again! I strongly recommend it to teenagers and young adults.