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3.04  ·  Rating details ·  2,528 ratings  ·  279 reviews
Rebecca was Daphne du Maurier's most famous and best-loved novel. Countless readers wondered: what happened next? Out of fire-wracked ruins of Manderley, would love and renewal rise phoenix-like from the ashes of the embittered past?

Married to the sophisticated, wordly-wise Maxim, the second Mrs de Winter's life should be happy and fulfilled. But the vengeful ghost of Reb
Paperback, 290 pages
Published September 2nd 1999 by Vintage (first published January 1st 1993)
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Aug 14, 2012 rated it did not like it
If you love the original Rebecca do yourself a favor and stay away from this book. Susan Hills kills a good mystery. How dare she destroy such a beloved novel! She does an injustice to the characters and its a bore. She ruins the tale of Maxim and the late Mrs. De Winter. It starts poorly, continues poorly and ends horribly. I wish there could be an invention to erase it from my memory.

It took everything out of me not to tear the book up and set it on fire. But that would mean I would have to p
Sarah Mac

(Spoilers below. Great honkin' ones. You've been warned.)

So incredibly boring & tedious & depressing. Having read the original, I didn't expect the narrator to have taken kickboxing lessons from Wonder Woman, but jaysus -- could this chick possibly be more bland & lacking in page presence? I doubt it. This is 10+ years since REBECCA ended. The author could have used that gap to indicate *some* kind of growth on the narrator's part, but no -- instead she's STILL wearing boring, fugly clothes
Aug 04, 2011 rated it did not like it
Susan Hill is a talented writer (I highly recommend her "The Woman in Black"), she does good work evoking DuMaurier's style, and the ending is, perhaps, inevitable. But the book bogged down by the middle, and I skimmed the last 75 pages, because the characters were just tiresome. Although the sequel starts 10 years after "Rebecca" and the destruction of Manderley, the "second Mrs. DeWinter" (still unnamed) doesn't appear to have matured so much as a day. While it's often pointed out that she's b ...more
Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: novels
It must take a brave author to do a follow on book to Daphne Du Maurier’s ‘Rebecca’, but this is what Susan Hill has done. I think Rebecca was calling out for a sequel though – when I read the book I kept looking for more pages to read, the ending was so underwhelming.

The good points of Susan Hill’s book for me were:

• She was brilliantly able to emulate Du Maurier’s sensuous and sensitive descriptions of people, countryside and houses.....and this was a joy.
• Similarly, she was able to continue
Kirsty Darbyshire
Dec 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book

I was looking in the library for a Daphne du Maurier book to take on holiday to Fowey, as that's her home town and I remembered from a previous visit that I'd probably be overcome with the urge to read her work while I was there and thought I'd go prepared. None of the du Mauriers in the library appealed to me but I spotted this instead and decided it would fit the bill nicely. It's a sequel to du Maurier's most famous book Rebecca.

This book is narrated again by Maxim de Winter's second wife who

Dawn Michelle
Mar 13, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

As if Rebecca wasn't bad enough, we had to have someone come along and write a sequel that was equally bad, if not worse in some parts. Even my mother who loved Rebecca disliked this. Blech.
Jan 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Sequels are difficult at the best of times, but when another author takes the responsibility of taking one on, it's going to be a real challenge. I have read mixed reviews on Susan Hill's handling of Mrs De Winter, the follow up to the very successful "Rebecca", but I have to come down on the side of the people who liked it. I thought she did a very good job and I felt I could have been reading a book written by Daphne du Maurier, as Ms. Hill kept very much to the same writing style and general ...more
Apr 13, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: booksale-finds
A follow up to Daphne du Maurier's classic, Rebecca. Mrs. de Winters, however, falls short of everything. It just isn't compelling enough to read other than to find out what happens to the de Winters after Rebecca . I can't even remember much of the plot. Plus the characters seem dry and tired, as if all that they want to do is rest and be forgotten.
Cheyenne Dunnett
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, daphne
I've seen a lot of criticism for this novel that I believe is for the most part, rather exaggerated.

I understand that no sequel to 'Rebecca' will ever compare to the original - after all, du Maurier's method of crafting such a fragile narrative and use if descriptive language I stunning. I adore 'Rebecca' - it is possibly my favourite book of all time, and will likely always be up there in my favourites.

Elements of 'Mrs De Winter' seem perhaps too fast-paced or unrealistic, yet it must be note
Jan 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
This wasn't a bad follow-up to Rebecca, and I suppose it could have been a lot worse, but what I missed the most was the eerie, breathless tension of du Maurier's original story. There was no sense of urgency, very little menace, and not much of a plot to tie the whole thing together. I wasn't really compelled to finish this book, merely curious to see how things turned out for the de Winters after all. It didn't move the same way its predecessor did (in fact, it felt downright clunky at times), ...more
Oct 19, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Terrible. I looked forward to reading a sequel to "Rebecca," but I was horribly disappointed by this. Maxim comes off as a total wimp, and the new Mrs. DeWinter just panders to him and treats him like a baby. They spend the whole book running around flailing for no good reason, but never stop to talk to each other about it. The ending is worst of all.
Nov 21, 2008 rated it did not like it
I absolutely loved Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, and wished there was a sequel. So when I learned one had been written, I picked it up. It was not only nothing like what a sequel to Rebecca SHOULD have been, it was horrible writing, and the horrid unreadable font in the copy I had was so bad I couldn't even concentrate on the story. This should never have been written.
Bailey Marissa
May 11, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: adult
Horrible sequel. Don't even bother.
Feb 28, 2009 rated it did not like it
I had high hopes for this book, as I had loved "Rebecca" so much, but I was quite disappointed. It seemed to drag on, and was quite slow through the majority of the book. The ending got exciting, but only to finish the story off on a low note. I do not recommend....especially to those who enjoyed "Rebecca." I suggest you keep whatever happy ending you envisioned for Maxim and Mrs. De Winter, and NOT read this book!
Sep 24, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The ending of Daphne Du Maurier’s novel Rebecca, ended in a way that allows for an endless number of possibilities following it. However, Susan Hill manages to pick out the dullest, most uninteresting of these possibilities.

The de Winter’s deserved more than what Hill has to offer. The excitement and curiosity that surrounds the married couple is absolutely lost due to the events (or lack thereof) in this sequel. Rebecca wasn’t exactly action packed but was still an enjoyable read that gripped y
Terry ~ Huntress of Erudition
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
A perfect sequel to Rebecca - I kept having to remind myself that this novel was not by Daphne du Maurier herself, it was so well written.
It is the same unnamed protagonist, 10 years later, she and Mr. de Winter return after seemingly aimlessly wandering from one foreign destination to the next, for the funeral of Maxim's sister, Beatrice.

They spend some more time traveling around the UK and decide to stay, when Mrs. de Winter falls in love with a property in the countryside, away from what rema
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tbr-owned
Absolutely faultless, I felt like I was reading Daphne du Maurier with Susan Hills haunting portrayal and densely descriptive, lavish scene-setting.
Rebecca is an all time favourite of mine and I felt like Susan did it justice with a seamless sequel.
When I wasn’t reading Mrs de WinterI was thinking about reading it and when I was I lost hours wrapped in the book.
The ending was everything it needed to be and I felt a sense of satisfaction. There was never going to be a happy-sunshine ending for t

A timid sequel to Daphne Du Maurier's gothic romantic thriller REBECCA...

On October 9, 1993, Natasha Walter of the Independent newspaper wrote a review of Susan Hill's MRS. deWINTER, a just-published sequel to Daphne DuMaurier's gothic romantic thriller REBECCA (1938). Walter called her review "Dreaming of Manderley again" and said loudly and clearly that she found Hill's novel "timid"...for much like second wives, sequels often do little to endear themselves to friends or fans of the original.
Karen A. Wyle
Sep 14, 2017 rated it liked it
I had high hopes, at first, for this posthumous sequel to Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca. There are beautifully crafted bits of description early on, and the main characters seemed true to their original natures. Indeed, Maxim remains so. But the narrator (still unnamed, I believe), whose awkward cluelessness made some sense in the original novel, soon started to grate on me. After maturing somewhat by the end of Rebecca, and taking a less passive role in her subsequent married life, she reverts to ...more
Sep 06, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this right after rereading Rebecca. It made me focus on aspects of du Maurier's novel to which I'd been somewhat oblivious. What does go through your head if you are married to a man who confesses to you that he killed his first wife? What sort of future could the couple have, given Maxim's guilt, and his wife's limitations. When I read Rebecca for the first time, I was perhaps 15, and completely identified with the gauche young girl attracted to the glamorous older man. From my current p ...more
Mary Durrant
Mar 11, 2016 rated it liked it
How can you follow Rebecca?

Susan Hill writes a good ghost story.
I was curious as to how she would do this.
Not perhaps the ending I had expected but very well written.
My love is still Rebecca which must be due for a re-read!
Oct 08, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you take out Mrs De Winter's description of the weather and the birds, this book would have 6 pages - duller than dirt.
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I must say that SH has written a little gem - perfection in writing; beautifully written prose capturing the period in atomsphere, language, speech, attitude, manners, matter, structure, class, clothing, style, absolutely everything down to the kitchen sink, in both writing and social history. However, I felt for this mega massive achievement there was no real story to get my teeth into. Instead, it waffled on for beautifully written page after beautifully written page, indulgent chapter after i ...more
Lisa of LaCreeperie
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars actually, but I wanted more than three stars to show.

This is my 2nd Susan Hill book, and I'll be going in for a third, and then some. I've fallen in love with her writing style, elegant but not over-flowery.

I got 2/3 through before I began to have quiet whispers of doubt. And even though the finale ended a bit too quickly for me, I think it's a well-rounded story, not without a bit of sadness and disappointment.

Looking forward to a lot more Susan Hill...
Feb 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book was a total disappointment. I skipped large swaths of it without missing a thing. It finally looked like it would pick up a little near the end but, alas, no. Even the appearance maybe excitement was a disappointment.
Wesley Coburn
This sequel was unnecessary, but as far as unnecessary sequels not written by the original authors go, Susan Hill did a fairly good job in matching Daphne du Maurier's style and tone.
Lady Drinkwell
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I've been reading a lot of Susan Hill ghost stories and this is my least favourite. Firstly, even though on the cover Beryl Bainbridge says it is a really good ghost story there are no ghosts. It is a psychological drama like Rebecca but not nearly so interesting. I'm not sure if "in the style of" books can ever really work. For me this one certainly doesn't. I feel that the author put a lot of effort into recreating the style of Du Maurier and not enough into the plot. Although there were some ...more
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. The style was immaculate, but the story rather slow.
Helen Carolan
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
This started so well and I really enjoyed the Gothic feel of it. Sadly within a few chapters everything went downhill.The De Winters became snivelling wimps and the story became so repetitive. Great shame as this was a nice take on the Rebecca story, just unfortunate it didn't work.
Sep 26, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
I read this just after having re-read Rebecca. In this sequel, Susan Hill Long imagines the time after Rebecca. Maxim & wife have been traveling, there's been a world war, & the de Winters have returned to England. This is the story of what happens next for them.

Ms. Hill writes very well & definitely captures the general flavor of Du Maurier's writing, but she's not Daphne DuMaurier - not that I expected her to be. The language & the story here are sufficiently nuanced & the plot makes basic sen
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Susan Hill was born in Scarborough, North Yorkshire in 1942. Her hometown was later referred to in her novel A Change for the Better (1969) and some short stories especially "Cockles and Mussels".

She attended Scarborough Convent School, where she became interested in theatre and literature. Her family left Scarborough in 1958 and moved to Coventry where her father worked in car and aircraft factor

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