Rebecca is a classic tale of romance, revenge and suspense. I was quite sure from the start that we were receiving a one-sided account of Rebecca and there was more to her, but finding out that Maxim murdered her and never loved her had my jaw on the floor. The end was so abrupt and the prologue only leaves more questions than answers. Reading the end of the story in the first chapter keeps one in a constant mind-game trying to connect the events of the story to the end.
Here's my booktions for Rebecca de Winter's final game:
- How did they not notice the bullet wound on her chest or the bullet-hole in her clothes?
- Who lit Manderly on fire? I assume it to be either Mr Favell from his threat or Mrs Danvers judging by her sudden disappearance.
- I don't understand how the entire estate can be finished by a single person. Which make me wonder if the surrounding townspeople had any part to play?
- Even if the house was burnt, why couldn't they just rebuild it and go back? The prologue indicates that the narrator and Maxim have never gone back and Manderly is just a memory.
- Maxim is so fantastically rich. Why does he have to live in hotels after Manderly is gone?
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