Mrs de Winter
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 ...more
It makes sense…more Mrs. Danvers sent the flowers and signed the card "R". After all, she considered it her mission in life to keep Rebecca's memory alive.
It makes sense the exquisite flowers arrived late because Mr. Danvers would have had to read the Beatrice's obituary first and send flowers later.
In the story, Jack Favell could not afford to send flowers or much of anything else.(less) (hide spoiler)]
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 ...more
(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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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...
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 ...more
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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 ...more