At the moment I’m part of two book clubs – one with some work friends who are also participating in the Read Harder Challenge – we don’t read and discuss the same book, but instead talk about what we’re reading for each task and recommend books to each other… so good! And then also a more traditional kind of book club where one of my very best friends and I read the same book and chat about it.
We have been focusing on books by women, and largely classics (ish). One that has been on our book club list since last year was Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, after we both read (and loved) My Cousin Rachel, and saw the movie together (I love a book club field trip!).
I am absolutely obsessed with du Maurier’s writing. It is so clever! As I was reading I could see every scene so clearly that I almost feel like I have seen this as a movie, rather than read a book. BUT I never ever felt like I was being over-explained anything, and the descriptions all feel completely natural to the story (so, I never felt like extra info was being given for the sake of it – it all felt natural). How is this even possible?! I suspect in part it has to do with the context of the book, in terms of it being framed as a story being told by a narrator to an audience – so it’s natural for there to be some description of the setting etc. But still, it feels like magic!
Another thing that really impressed me on reading this (and also when I read My Cousin Rachel) is that I just didn’t know what to believe, and didn’t see the twist/resolution until it was revealed. So cool.
I gave this 5 out of 5 stars, and am tempted to go on a backlist binge – I have a couple more of Daphne du Maurier’s books that I’m really hoping to get to soon!