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A Worthy Take on a Gothic Classic,
This review is from: Rebecca's Tale (Hardcover)
Perhaps I was in a better position than some to read "Rebecca's Tale," in that it has been almost twenty years since I read Daphne du Maurier's classic novel from which it takes its inspiration. I am not in a position to point out discrepancies as it relates to "Rebecca," but am free to concentrate on the story presented by Sally Beauman.
Rebecca's Tale is told from four points of view, each distinct and each rich with its own secrets. Though there was a bit of a confusing start to the story (thus four stars instead of five), Beauman's writing style soon took over and the story flowed interestingly. It begins with a purported quest to find out what really happened that night in 1931 when Rebecca's boat was scuttled just off shore, but it quickly becomes more than a simple murder mystery. The characters here have to deal with their own private motivations, and Rebecca's Tale becomes a fascinating story of chasing down phantoms in both past and present.
Most of the major players are present at some point in Rebecca's Tale including, most enigmatically, Rebecca herself. By the end of the novel, I was no closer to any answers, but I was much closer to the characters involved. In this Sally Beauman did something laudable; she created well-written, interesting people about whom I'd love to learn more. This is admirable indeed.