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text 2017-09-25 02:01
Halloween Bingo - Romantic Suspense
Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier,Sally Beauman

I've been wrecking my brains most of today to figure out what to read for the Romantic Suspense square. 

As you you know, I am not a huge fan of the romance genre and my original plans tended towards Daphne Du Maurier's Frenchman's Creek. The thing is, I am not in the mood for Frenchman's Creek

 

My other considerations have included Window on the Square (Phyllis A Whitney) - as recommended by Murder by Death, This Sweet Sickness (Highsmith), Nine Coaches Waiting (Stewart), or re-reads of Rebecca (Du Maurier), Carol/The Price of Salt (Highsmith), Strong Poison (Sayers). 

 

 

I think I want to go with a re-read of Rebecca, tho. We can argue whether it is a "romance", but it is usually tagged as such. I guess the messed up relationship in this one is part of what draws me to it.

 

 

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review 2017-09-14 18:43
This year's classic...
Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier,Sally Beauman

I'll be honest from the start, I would never choose to read a Classic, I find them dated and slow, and rather pretentious. However, for some reason, book groups seem to feel a need to foist one on me every so often and their latest offering was Rebecca. "Oh no, you'll love it." they said. Oh no, I won't! Actually, 3 stars isn't bad a for a Classic, Lolita fared worse.

 

So, poor girl falls on her feet and marries rich man. Hardly an original premise. There was the nasty scheming housekeeper, who tricks poor girl into making a complete fool of herself. And the dead first wife who plays a huge part, even though she's dead.

 

I don't think I would have made it through all 400+ pages without the help of the very upper-crust, BBC voice of Anna Massey, but although she was a bit irritating, she was the perfect voice for the book.

 

But the ending - No! No, no, no!!!

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review 2017-09-07 14:25
Echoes from the Macabre: Selected Stories - Daphne du Maurier

I love DuMaurier's stories, starting way back when with this collection.  That title story is brilliant and creepy.

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review 2017-09-04 16:48
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier,Sally Beauman

Ah, this was excellent! Both because the audio version was brilliantly done, and because the story itself is just superbly written. I can't say that I ever quite fell in love with our young protagonist, because honestly she was naive as all get out most times, but I definitely fell in love with the story surrounding her. I am SO glad I finally read this.

 

I love that "the second Mrs. De Winter" never actually gets a name. It was one of the first things that struck me about this story, and I could never shake the feeling that it just pushed her further into the shadow of the ever present Rebecca. She dominates the story, Rebecca does. Her name invokes this pristine, well-bred, shining light of a woman who charmed everyone around her. Except, as we all know, there's always more to a person that what is on the outside. Oh, and Daphne Du Maurier has no problem at all with digging straight into that dark and sometimes ugly inner person.

 

Better still was the copious amount of descriptive writing surrounding Manderly and Mrs. De Winter's time there. I felt like I lived there too. I saw the big, arching trees in the forest. Smelled the flowers that ringed the estate, and even saw the dusty rooms that once housed the woman who would never quite be gone or forgotten. As the book went on, I fell more and more in love with this place. I understood why Max loved it so very much, and why he would want to protect it.

 

Which is why the ending broke my heart. It was perfection, but still my heart is broken. This was just too good. One star gone, only because Mrs. De Winter drove me bonkers the majority of this story. All I have to say is MAKE SOME DECISIONS WOMAN. I know this book was aptly written for the period, but lord. I could not have been alive during this time. I would have murdered someone myself.

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text 2017-09-01 18:39
Reading progress update: I've read 20%.
Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier,Sally Beauman

Reading this for the Gothic square!

 

 

So far, I've alternated between wanting to smack our little heroine, and sweep her off to safety. She is so caught up in the idea of being the woman of the house, of having Manderley as her own, that she hasn't stopped to think how odd this whole thing is. Probably the least romantic proposal I've ever heard of. Hahaha. Poor little thing.

 

I suspect now that she's arrived at Manderley, things are going to get eerie. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't excited. I hope there is much haunting.

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