Mrs de Winter by Susan Hill

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier is one of my favourite novels ever. I absolutely love the setting and the atmosphere of the novel. I do not have a review of it, because I intend to read it again and then write a review about it. However, I picked up Mrs de Winter in a second-hand bookstore and when I saw my friend Ciska post a picture of the book, I reached out to her and we decided to buddy read the novel.

When I think of this novel now, the well known quote by Dorothy Parker (“This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force”) comes to mind. I so much wanted to love this novel and if it wasn’t for me reading it with a friend, I might not have finished it.  I was just frustrated with Mrs de Winter, the actual character that is. In Rebecca, we’ve seen her grown as a person. She came to Manderley being an insecure young woman and she has grown into a strong person, mostly shaped by circumstances. However, here in Mrs de Winter, suddenly our protagonist is back to where she started.

As for her husband, Maxim, I find that he might slightly be exaggerating regarding what happened at Manderley. Of course, this is just my personal opinion, but even if he had difficulty in accepting the aftermath of the Manderley accident, I do think that he has been quite selfish in his expectations for his wife. I see no reason that she had to walk on eggshels around him – it sure put a lot of strain on her personally.

In short, I feel the story was better left untouched.

What did you think of it?