My friend Lucy and recently founded a new book club. It is pretty much a family affair with the members being Lucy’s sister Rachel, my sister Vickie and my niece Amber. Lucy picked our first book: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. Last night was our first meet.
I quite enjoyed the book. I had never heard of it or the author and my copy of the book had a very vague synopsis so I didn’t really know what to expect.
A really brief description of what the book is about: a young girl who is employed as a companion to a well off lady currently on vacation in Monte Carlo, meets a Maxim, a well known upper class figure from England and within a few days the two are married. They move back to his mansion, Manderley, where the housekeeper is a little sinister and the house is still set up with all the belongings of his previous dead wife Rebecca, who it appears that Maxim is still deeply in love with. I won’t spoil the ending for anyone who hasn’t read the book.
The first chapter describes the famous Manderley in a very detailed way almost down to every leaf in the foliage- I silently cursed Lucy for picking such a snooze fest for our first book! It took quite a few chapters to get going. The book is written from the view point of the main character who is young, naive, a massive over thinker, a bit dramatic and is someone who manages to think up the worst case scenarios out of nothing. Her relationship with her husband Maxim is, as Lucy said a bit of an old fashioned Bella from Twilight but it’s very one sided as her husband is definitely no Edward and barely seems to like her at some points. The book only really starts to pick up about two thirds of the way through the book and does get quite good, however the first two thirds of the book are the inner musings of a naive girl adjusting to her new way of life- as a modern woman, I just wanted to shake her and tell her to stop being so pathetic!
The book was made into a film by Alfred Hitchcock. The film does follow the book fairly closely with a few deviations.
Both Rachel and Amber didn’t finish the book as they both struggled to get into it. We all rated the book, and our results are: Lucy 7/10, Vickie, Amber and myself gave 6/10 and Rachel gave 5/10.
Our next book is my pick and is The Handmaids Tale. It has just been made into a series so I want to read the book before I watch the series xx