"A stylish, highly original and completely addictive take on du Maurier'sRebecca. Read it!" —Shari Lapena,New York Timesbestselling author ofThe Couple Next Door
“Dark and richly atmospheric. . . A bewitching novel about love, lies, and the ghosts that never quite leave us alone.” –Bustle
Some secrets never stay buried
After a whirlwind romance, a young woman returns to the
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 If we stopped trying to modernize art, we would experience an outdated form of it.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)
"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 ...more
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 ...more
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 actually ...more
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 ...more
The Winters is an audacious book, in that it grabs very explicitly the iconic story Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier, in both hands 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). I can’t work out if this is a good move or not. To be compared so obviously to the classic is a daunting task, even with unique perspectives. Reading this book I’m both fortunate and unfortunate. Fortunate that I ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
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. Winter is ...more
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.
I LOVED READING THESE TWO BOOKS AT THE SAME TIME!
It is a reimagining of the classic gothic tale, this time set in the Hamptons.
There is still a widower, Senator Max ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I really loved this modern, twisted Rebecca retelling.
Full review soon!
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 ...more
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 ...more
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-positionings ...more
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 ...more
Odd, considering that Daphne DuMaurier's REBECCA is such a beloved book and the idea of a modern retelling would intrigue many.
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 ...more
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 ...more