Rebecca's Tale

Rebecca's Tale

Book - 2001
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April 1951. It is twenty years since the death of Rebecca, the hauntingly beautiful first wife of Maxim de Winter. It is twenty years since the inquest, which famously -- and controversially -- passed a verdict of suicide. Twenty years since Manderley, the de Winters' ancient family seat, was razed to the ground.

But Rebecca's tale is just beginning.

Family friend Colonel Julyan receives an anonymous parcel in the post. It contains a black notebook with two handwritten words on the first page -- Rebecca's Tale -- and two pictures: a photograph of Rebecca as a young child and a postcard of Manderley.

A mysterious young scholar by the name of Terence Gray has also appeared in town, looking for clues to Rebecca's life and death. His presence causes a stir in the quiet hamlet, and the tongues that had wagged about Rebecca years before now attend to the close ties Gray has formed to the Colonel and his single daughter, Ellie.

Amid the intrigues of this small coastal town, Ellie, Gray, and the Colonel begin a search for the real Rebecca. Was she the manipulative, promiscuous femme fatale her husband claimed, or the Gothic heroine of tragic proportions that others have suggested? Was her death really suicide, or was it murder?

Sally Beauman has taken Daphne du Maurier's celebrated twentieth-century classic, Rebecca, and crafted a compelling companion for the twenty-first century. Haunting, evocative, mesmerizing, Rebecca's Tale is for anyone who has ever dreamed of going back to Manderley.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2001
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780066211084
Characteristics: 438 p. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Du Maurier, Daphne 1907-1989 Rebecca


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Oct 23, 2017

I read the book. I lost interest and didn't finish it.

Feb 28, 2015

As a high school girl, back in the early 1950s, I read Rebecca as most girls did if they were readers. I hated it and although now, if I did not like a book, I will not finish it, at that time, I thought that if one began a book, one needed to finish it.

Now that I have read Sally Beauman's "Rebecca's Tale," I am glad that I have a distant memory of Rebecca. I think that Ms Beauman has given the reader an excellent picture of what had gone on in the deWinter household for several generations and how Rebecca fit in and actually changed what might have happened, not particularly in a good way. I liked this book very much. I was raised to feel that women needed husbands and although my life is good even without one, I liked very much the way the book ended.

Dec 18, 2009

?Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.? This is the famous opening sentence of Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, a now-classic novel of mystery, romance and suspense. At the behest of du Maurier?s estate, author Sally Beauman pens a companion novel to deepen the mystery, complicate the romance, and up the ante on the suspense. In the original story, our plain Jane young narrator (who is never given a name) makes a match that shocks even herself?she marries impressively wealthy aristocrat Maxim de Winter. The meek new Mrs. De Winter is overshadowed and overwhelmed by the stately mansion of Manderley, the sneering and domineering housekeeper Mrs. Danvers, and by the lasting aura of Maxim?s first wife Rebecca, society?s darling and a stunning beauty who lived fast and died young under decidedly mysterious circumstances. The tension builds into a great novel of suspense, but lose ends are left untied?until now. Rebecca?s Tale is set in 1951, two decades after the original, and features a new cast of characters who fall under Rebecca?s ghostly spell to become obsessed with solving once and for all the mystery of her demise. We get four different perspectives on the case from four narrators?Colonel Arthur Julyan, an old family friend of the de Winters; Terence Gray, a historian who has his own reasons for digging up the secrets of Rebecca?s life and death; Ellie, the smartly practical daughter of Colonel Julyan; and Rebecca de Winter herself, who chimes in through newly-discovered journals that have been anonymously sent to the secluded Julyan home. Rebecca?s Tale is more than a sequel that offers an explanation of what really happened to Rebecca; it?s a fresh, entertaining mystery than incorporates new plots, characters, and themes while sticking true to all the suspenseful gothic stylings of the beloved original.


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