Rebecca

Daphne du Maurier

fiction classics mystery romance
dark mysterious tense medium-paced

449 pages | first published 1938

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .

The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady's maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives--presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.

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Moods

mysterious 91%
dark 86%
tense 66%
emotional 31%
reflective 18%
sad 12%
challenging 8%
adventurous 5%
inspiring 1%
funny 0%
hopeful 0%
informative 0%
lighthearted 0%
relaxing 0%

Pace

medium 53%
slow 39%
fast 7%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 50% | A mix: 35% | Plot: 14%

Strong character development?

Yes: 58% | It's complicated: 26% | No: 14% | N/A: 0%

Loveable characters?

No: 46% | It's complicated: 40% | Yes: 12% | N/A: 0%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 87% | Yes: 5% | It's complicated: 4% | N/A: 3%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 84% | It's complicated: 9% | No: 5% | N/A: 0%

Average rating

4.23