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The Winters

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  4,164 ratings  ·  819 reviews
Inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, a spellbindingly suspenseful novel set in the moneyed world of the Hamptons, about secrets that refuse to remain buried and consequences that can’t be escaped

After a whirlwind romance, a young woman returns to the opulent, secluded Long Island mansion of her new fiancé Max Winter—a wealthy politician and recent widower—and a life of
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 16th 2018 by Viking (first published October 15th 2018)
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Jayme Waltz YES! Why isn't it being marketed as a retelling of Rebecca... it feels a bit like plagiarism to not mention it. …moreYES! Why isn't it being marketed as a retelling of Rebecca... it feels a bit like plagiarism to not mention it. (less)
Rachel Small The beauty of literature is that another and more modernized perspective can breathe new life into the subject. If you read the author's website and a…moreThe beauty of literature is that another and more modernized perspective can breathe new life into the subject. If you read the author's website and articles that she has written about her fascination with Daphne du Maurier's original work, you understand her own motivation for her retelling.
Literature builds off of other literature frequently. How often do fairy tales pop up in modern writing? Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch follows the structure of Dickens' A Christmas Carol. If we stopped trying to modernize art, we would experience an outdated form of it. How often are movies reformatted and retold from a different perspective, with new technologies?
If Lisa Gabriele was stealing, I'm fairly certain she would want to disguise her intentions a bit more. She probably wouldn't have kept the name "The Winters" and main plot points. If she was truly stealing, she absolutely wouldn't have admitted to being inspired by du Maurier's work and current events. Next time, try and do more research before you attack an author for being very blatant in her intentions. It makes you look foolish. (less)

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Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edelweiss
4.5 Stars

"Last night Rebekah tried to murder me again."

Now that is how you grip a reader from the very first sentence!

A young woman, who shall remain nameless, meets Max, a wealthy politician and widower when he charters a boat form the company where she is employed in the Cayman Islands. After a whirlwind romance, she decides to turn down a job promotion and travels with Max to his home on Long Island. The home, Asherley, is opulent and the grounds are lush. She and Max are engaged, and she hop
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lisa Gabriele writes an enjoyable psychological thriller based on Daphne Du Maurier's classic novel Rebecca. This is a modern American version set in the wealthy Hamptons, Long Island. A naive unnamed young woman from the Cayman Islands is swept up in a surprisingly whirlwind romance with ambitious widower, senator Max Winter. They return to his secluded mansion, Asherley, a place where the ghost of Max's first wife, Rebekah, looms inescapably large and ever present. The young woman is like a fi ...more
Holly  B
First I should say that Rebecca is an all time favorite of mine, and this book was inspired by the original. It isn't a retelling.

I have read the 1938 classic, Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier twice and I was really looking forward to reading this novel.  The blurb says that this one was "inspired" by the original. It started out pretty good and I had high hopes, but by the end I wasn't caring for any of the characters.

This is a totally different story with a few nods to some of the original
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Winters is an audacious book, in that it grabs very explicitly the iconic story Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier, and writes a bold new modern-day retelling of Max Winter and his new wife, following the death of his first wife Rebecca (or Rebekah in this novel). To be compared so obviously to the classic is a daunting task, even with unique perspectives, and I'm not sure this was the best of moves. Reading this book I’m both fortunate and unfortunate. Fortunate that I have not read Rebe
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier, is a long-time favorite of mine, so when I received this book in the mail as my November Shelf subscription I was excited. What made it even better was buddy reading it with my good friend Marialyce.

The opening line, “Last Night Rebekah tried to murder me again”, hooked me, as did the prologue where we are given hints that something bad has happened to our narrator.

The young woman is nameless, just as in the original. She is orphaned and living a fairly solitary
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss-arc-s
"Last night Rebekah tried to murder me again."

The Winters is a modern day re-telling of the classic novel Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. I am apparently one of the only people in the world that hasn't read this classic novel but I intend to especially after reading this gem of a book.

Our unnamed narrator is swept off her feet while she's working at a boat charter company in the Cayman Islands. His name is Max Winter and he's a prominent New York Senator. She can't believe it when he actuall
Diane S ☔
Nov 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm not a big fan of modern retellings of well known novels. It has been a long time since I read Rebecca, so I dont remember all the t. What I do remeber is the Gothic tone, the sense of forboding that creeped through the pages. I didn't find that here. What I found was a young, naive woman, a politician that seems lost after his first wifes death, Rebekkah of course, and a rather bratty teen. The story does build, but it wasn't really suspenseful until the end. The buildup is slow, and at time ...more
Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss, jan-mar
4 intriguing stars
"You may tell the greatest lies and wear a brilliant disguise, but you can't escape the eyes of the one who sees right through you." (Tom Robbins)

Life has been pretty sad for our unnamed protagonist. She is alone, working a dead end job, and employed by a termagant boss in the Cayman Islands. She seems to be at a virtual dead end and then someone wonderful happens. Max, a senator from New York, enters her life and a bit of a whirlwind romance takes place. It is the stuff of fa
Jul 26, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a nice, light riff on Rebecca. There are enough changes to make it an interesting update yet retain the Gothic elements of the classic novel. Well done but not riveting.
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
The Winters by Lisa Gabriele is a thriller that was inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s classic novel Rebecca. What the author has done with this retelling is bring the story into the present time in America and give her own little twist on the tale.

A young woman who was working in the Cayman Islands met Max Winter at her job catering to rich clients. Max was different than other men she’d met in her lifetime and before she knew it she was falling in love. However there was not supposed to be any fr
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Imitation is defined as the action of using something as a model.

Imitation n. the highest form of flattery.

“The Winters” has thrilled some readers. And, some could not get past comparing it to “Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier” I chose to read “Rebecca” and “The Winters” simultaneously, so I could contrast and compare for myself.


It is a reimagining of the classic gothic tale, this time set in the Hamptons.

There is still a widower, Senator Max Win
Jess | thegreeneyedreader
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars - I absolutely LOVED this book. It took me a little longer than usual to read this suspenseful book, but I think that was only because I didn’t want it to end. It is beautifully written and the descriptions and character observations really pull you into the story. I cannot recommend this book enough.

An unnamed narrator opens the book with the line, “Last night Rebekah tried to murder me again” and the suspense doesn’t let up until the very last page. The unnamed future Mrs.
Katie B
I wouldn't say there is anything significantly wrong with this book. I guess my main issue is it didn't feel like it was something new and different. Supposedly this is a modern day re-telling of Rebecca. I haven't read the book but enjoyed the Alfred Hitchcock movie when I saw it years ago. There have been so many adaptations or re-tellings throughout the years that this one just blends in with the rest of them and doesn't stand out. I wish this could have been more than just an average read.

Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
DNF @ 40%

Nothing happened so far and I mean NOTHING! I got bored!
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
First, I want to say that I love REBECCA by Daphne du Maurier. It's a book that I have read several times and I feel like I love it a bit more every time I read it. Second, this book, well we got off on the wrong foot I think. I had a hard time getting into it, found it hard to like the story and the characters. So, I took a break and then I came back to it a couple of month's later and I pick up where I left on, but this time did I choose the audio version. And, now the story felt much more to ...more
Elyse  Walters
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.8....light & fluffy suspense -not poppin-fresh-original- but engaging-entertaining.
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
A modern retelling of Daphne du Maurier's, Rebecca, set in the Hamptons of New York. I'll be up front and say that I've yet to read Rebecca (though I do have a copy on my shelf... why do I do this to myself?!). I now wish I had read the classic first just to see what had been changed to make this a more modern retelling.

This novel builds - starts off innocently enough and then slowly unravels as you turn each page. I was so intrigued and consumed by the story that I didn't even realize until jus
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
I have been looking forward to reading The Winters for months... Unfortunately, it was just OK for me. There was nothing really outstanding about it. It was good, I just felt like it could have been great. Easy and quick read with a decent story and semi-annoying characters.
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Winters by Lisa Gabriele is the story of a woman who after a whirlwind romance marries Max Winters she then travels to his house Asherley to live. She is feeling that she has to compete with his dead wife Rebekah to fit into the household.
This book is a modern rebelling of Rebecca by Daphne de Maurier and as I have read that book several times, I felt this modern version lacked the charm of the original story.
I would like to thank NetGalley and Random House Uk for my e-copy in exchange for
I battled between 2 or 3 stars for this title, and ultimately felt that the writing and the story deserved more than a lackluster response, so 3 stars it is! Disclaimer: I've never read Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, but I was told that by not reading the original, that I'd enjoy this retelling more (eeek!). The Winters is a modern day retelling of du Maurier's classic horror novel, but falls flat on the suspense and mystery that the original story embodies (I've heard it's scary AF).

Our unna
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
I absolutely loved this book - just could not get enough! It was so beautifully written and at times I felt like I was actually there in the Hamptons with the characters. With a cast of characters all hiding secrets from each other it was hard to know how was to be trusted. And I had it all wrong in the end - which was fantastic!

The story of an orphaned girl whose only life is work. She meets the rich senator Max Winter who whisks her away to his secluded mansion in the Hamptons to become the se
Ova - Excuse My Reading
This was pretty good considering it's almost a retelling of Rebecca, a story every book or movie lover knows of. I can't help to think it could have been a tiny bit shorter but the ending was perfect.

I really loved this modern, twisted Rebecca retelling.
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Opening Hook: Full “once upon a time” style.
Main Character: A young stepmother who my step kids should be nicer to!
Plot Twisty-ness: As slow as watching kids warm up to dad’s new wife.

Just like other reviews aplenty will tell you, this novel is inspired by another classic novel and blah blah blah. I don’t know the book. I might know the author’s name? I’ve never read it and I didn’t know any of this “inspiration” shit going into the book so it really makes zero difference
Roman Clodia
May 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Some of these things I learned firsthand, some through bits and pieces I read online, because ours was a story that had captured the world's attention.

Like du Maurier's Rebecca with a Mean Girls makeover, this is a fun light read that certainly keeps the pages turning. It would be an ideal beach or commute read when you want something engrossing but easy and unchallenging.

The story is Rebecca updated and switched to Long Island, and part of the fun is watching Gabriele's deft re-positioning
Liz Barnsley
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Winters was hugely addictive and I thoroughly enjoyed this homage to Daphne Du Maurier and Rebecca- a novel I’ve read a few times over the years.

The Winters is atmospheric and clever, with nods to the original inspiration dotted about within which enhanced the read for me beautifully. In its own right though it is also a well paced, intriguing psychological thriller with engaging and fascinating characters.

I was very drawn to Dani, with her dark nature and random twists of mood. The second M
Shelleen Toland
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads-read
After a whirlwind romance, a young woman returns to the opulent, secluded Long Island mansion of her new fiancé Max Winter—a wealthy politician and recent widower—and a life of luxury she’s never known. But all is not as it appears at the Asherley estate. The house is steeped in the memory of Max’s beautiful first wife Rebekah, who haunts the young woman’s imagination and feeds her uncertainties, while his very alive teenage daughter Dani makes her life a living hell. She soon realizes there is ...more
I picked this up far too soon after finishing Du Maurier's version and unfortunately it doesn't hold up well in comparison. ...more
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
I think this is the first retelling I've seen where the blurb doesn't gleefully announce that it's a retelling.

Odd, considering that Daphne DuMaurier's REBECCA is such a beloved book and the idea of a modern retelling would intrigue many.
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Last night Rebekah tried to murder me again."

If that opening sentence doesn’t draw you in, little else will. Heavily inspired by Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca, The Winters does an excellent job of being an exciting psychological suspense novel all on its own. So if you never read the classic, don’t fret!

The Cayman Islands. A slice of paradise on earth. But for our nameless main character, for her name is never revealed, it is anything but. Struggling to make ends meet, she seems doomed to live in
Brooke - One Woman's Brief Book Reviews

**3.5 stars**

The Winters by Lisa Gabriele. (2018).

After a whirlwind romance, a young woman returns to the secluded mansion of her new fiancee Max, a wealthy senator and recent widower. All over the house are remnants of Max's first wife Rebekah, and living with them is Max's teenage daughter Dani who is a handful. The soon- to-be second Mrs Winter quickly grows more in love with Max, more afraid of Dani and discovers there is dark sec
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Lisa Gabriele is an author and a award-winning TV producer, writer and director. Her writing has appeared in Nerve, New York Magazine, Washington Post, The New York Times and the Magazine, Globe and Mail, National Post, Vice, Elle and Glamour. Her essays have appeared in several anthologies, including The Best American Non-Required Reading. She’s also the author of the international best-selling S ...more

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