Favourite Books by Daphne du Maurier

The time has finally come to enjoy another Daphne du Maurier Reading Week, hosted by Ali. As I still haven’t managed to start reading my choice for this year, The Flight of the Falcon, nothing better than to share with you my favourite books by Daphne du Maurier. So far, I’ve read a total of nine books, including seven novels and two short story collections. They are: Rebecca, My Cousin Rachel, The King’s General, Jamaica Inn, The House on the Strand, The Birds and Other Stories, The Scapegoat, Frenchman’s Creek and Don’t Look Now: Short Stories.

Are you curious to discover the four that I cherish the most?

 

Rebecca

The unnamed narrator of this astonishing book is a self-doubting young woman who marries Maxim de Winter after meeting him in Monte Carlo. She moves with him to Manderley, his family home, where her insecurities and doubts are greatly amplified. How can she ever be as perfect as his deceased first wife, Rebecca? The first novel I read by Daphne du Maurier remains my favourite. It is enthralling, enigmatic and atmospheric. The gripping mystery is perfectly accompanied by fleshed out characters.

 

Jamaica Inn

After the death of her mother, Mary Yellan moves in to Jamaica Inn to live with her aunt Patience and her husband Joss Merlyn. Mary soon realises that he is involved in some sort of criminal activity. The atmospheric prose and the mysterious ambience help convey a tangible sense of menace, making readers fear for the safety of the main character, who is believably portrayed. The dialogues are also convincing.

 

The King’s General

Set in the 17th century, The King’s General is a compelling historical novel about love, pride, betrayal and acceptance. Despite all of his well-known faults, Honor Harris falls in love with Richard Grenville. Life events separate them, but not forever. They end up meeting again later on in life. Particularly at the beginning of the book, their interactions are amusing, endearing and engaging.

 

The Scapegoat

While he is at a station buffet in France, the main character and narrator of The Scapegoat discovers that he has a doppelganger. He and Jean de Gué, the Frenchman who looks exactly like him, decide to stay at a hotel. The following day, Jean departs without previous warning and takes with him the narrator’s personal effects, leaving his behind. The narrator, thus, decides to also pretend to be Jean, ending up learning more about himself in the process. The writing style is absorbing and the dialogues are impressive, since they manage to convey that one character knows much more about a situation than the other interlocutor, who is trying to pretend to know everything as well.

 

How many books have you read by Daphne du Maurier? Which ones are your favourites? Tell me in the comments!

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