by Daphne du Maurier
In BriefAfter a whirlwind courtship in Monte Carlo, a young bride arrives at Manderley, the ancestral home of her new husband Maxim de Winter. She receives a hostile reception from Mrs Danvers, the housekeeper, and finds herself becoming obsessed with Rebecca, Maxim’s deceased first wife. She has an overwhelming sense of Rebecca’s continuing presence in the house. As the second Mrs de Winter gradually pieces together the mysteries of Manderley and its inhabitants, she is led to a shocking revelation which has profound consequences for them all.
Why you should read itThis beautifully-crafted mystery sustains an atmosphere of suspense and lingering evil which will hold the reader's attention from start to finish. Endlessly referenced in popular culture, it remains one of the best loved novels in the English language.