book review: rebecca by daphne du maurier

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Rating: blue-star-hiblue-star-hiblue-star-hiblue-star-hiblue-star-hi/5 Stars

Rebecca is a story of two women, a man and a house.

When in Monte Carlo, our heroine, a paid companion (a modern personal assistant) of an insufferable woman called Mrs Van Hopper, chances to meet Mr de Winter the esteemed owner of the majestic house called Manderley.

Our heroine, finds herself in love with the compelling Mr de Winter and immediately accepts the marriage proposal after several acquaintances. Soon she becomes the new mistress of Manderley.

In constant comparison with the most loved and admired late Rebecca de Winter, she struggles to find her place in the midst of her legacy. Manderley, a living, breathing and hellish gothic mansion further torments our heroine and finds it difficult to adjust into a more luxurious lifestyle and the haunting presence of Rebecca.

Rebecca is hauntingly beautiful, a gripping and riveting novel that is sure to keep you glued to your seat. With its poetic narrative we slowly discover the horrifying secrets of Manderley and Rebecca. Mrs Danvers is an unforgettable character, menacing in her own way adds up to the overall eerie feeling of Manderley.

Definitely a must-read for readers of crime and mystery, psychological thrillers and surprisingly so, the very core of the book, romance.

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We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

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Rating: blue-star-hiblue-star-hiblue-star-hiblue-star-hi blue-star-hiof 5 STARS

After 2 years from the gruesome and horrific massacre designed by Kevin Katchadourian, Eva’s 16 year old son; Eva recollects the events through a series of letters to her estranged husband claiming that she may be responsible for driving her son off the rails.

An ode to literature, We Need To Talk About Kevin is a wonderfully written book that will move and make your heart swell. There’s just something sad and devastating about the entirety of this book that will keep you thinking long after you’ve read it.