Rebecca’s Tale by Sally Beauman (Review)

If I were to have another title for this post, it would be “Rebecca’s Tale, A book I Adored Which Had Terrible Reviews on Goodreads.”

When I was looking for books to purchase, I found this one. When I read the title, I knew it was a book I would read. 

What made me choose this book: The story revolves around a beautiful young woman who died mysteriously. Her death remained unsolved, her memories lingered and she’s still haunting Manderley. 

When I read it: After reading about two chapters, I tossed it on a drawer for 3 months because I got busy, and the book turned out to be not interesting enough to have it prioritized. I was actually right on my first impression but the first part or the first few chapters were narrated by a Colonel who was dying and was confused with what happened 20 years ago… and it wasn’t appealing to me at all. 

Why I was hooked: Maybe on chapter four or five, Rebecca’s hauntings were suggested. Her scent flooded the air, someone left a flower on her abandoned boathouse, they saw someone there and a delivery containing her diary arrived. On those scenes, it made the book a page turner. 

My general opinion on this book: It was a page turner except for the first few pages. Maybe I was still trying to get a hold on to the characters and the phrases. The book was really enjoyable especially when the hauntings are mentioned. This book is not meant to be scary but it mentioned an abandoned flat with a ghost in it that moves around furnitures.. (well that turned out to be Mrs. Danvers! You’ll know that if you’ll read the book or simply read my summary) If I’d rate it i’d give it 3 stars. Those two stars went away because I have unanswered questions, which means I wasn’t satisfied with the revelation of how Rebecca died. Her death was supposed to be a mystery but on chapter one it was already suggested that her husband killed her, and it was proven to be true probably on the 600th page (sorry for this huge spoiler!) . That means that I was trying to know and investigate along with the characters a mystery that has already been solved on chapter one. Wouldn’t it be better if someone else killed Rebecca? Like her most trusted friend, Arthur Julyan? (I know I know, I’m no author! 😂)

While I was about to write my summary, I decided to search that book on goodreads and I was really stunned to see the reviews. It was also in goodreads that I discovered that this wasn’t an original storyline! It was based on a novel “Rebecca” by Daphne du Maurier! According to the reviews, “Rebecca’s Tale” is nothing compared to the classic novel “Rebecca” . 

Anyway, I think readers truly have varied preferences because personally, I was entertained by this book. Maybe if I read the original “Rebecca”, I may be able to have a different opinion. 

That would be all for this book.

Thank you for reading and happy bookworming!

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Eva Harmoni

There was one night when the rain poured so hard, and i didn't want it to stop. Weird, because i was afraid and amused by the sound of the rain and thunder. The sound of it made me less alone that night. The next day i woke up to find my collection of journals soaked. I keep it near the window to make sure no one could read it. The writings can still be read but i was devastated by the damage. I wanted it preserved but i don't want it published. Still amused by the rain but afraid of the wrath it could bring to my journals, i created this blog.

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