Alrighty folks, it's gonna be a beast of a week. Without being held over, or overtime I'm on the ambulance for at least 96 hours this week...so if I miss a few days of posting you know why. In the meantime, here is the first of my spooky October ramblings to tide you over. The book is Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier and I have had my eye on it for quit some time. It took me a bit to get into it, but it was worth it. I will try and do my best to get my feelings down...but first as always SPOILERS AHEAD! (seriously if you haven't read the book yet do yourself a favor and read it first 'cause half the coolness of the book is the surprises)
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson which I adored, said it had a similar feel. I agree with that assessment to a point. The book defiantly falls into the atmospheric category, with much of the suspense coming from the environment itself. Unlike Hill House, which felt mad and haunted, this book felt sad and desperate...in a good way...I'm not making any sense am I? Ok let's try this again. I mentioned before that the book was a little hard to get into, and this is really its only salient bad point. It took me a while to get into the rhythm of the flowey, dreamy language which in my opinion tended to get way to overly descriptive of scenery and such. Oddly enough once I got into the story just sort of flowed, it was one of those books that even when you put it down for a few minutes, you kept thinking about it, kept wanting to go back to it. I absolutely LOVE this kind of book, because it feels living and breathing to me. The author made the choice to never name the main character/narrator, leaving her as only the second Mrs. de Winters if she was named at all. I think this was brilliant as it gave us even more of a feeling of this poor girls feelings of inadequacy. In the end I feel that this is what this book is really about. One girls journey into owning her own life and becoming a woman. She starts completely powerless and then when given the opportunity to become the mistress of a very important house and family she is constantly made to feel inferior. Lack of information, communication and encouragement from anybody at all connected with her just keeps her feeling sad and desperate to be happy. It is not until she finds a way to posses herself and actually force communication to happen does she finally grow up. The sequence of events in this book, while not necessarily horrifying are definitely suspenseful and surprising. I will say I did not see most of what happened coming and that made my enjoyment of the book even more complete. The ending of this book is the kind that I love because it ties right back to the beginning, making it possible to have a real ending without it feeling rushed or contrived. I call this a loop ending and it is one of my favorite ways to end a book or series. This book will not be everybodies cup of tea (or coffee), the style of it is very specific and you have to be able to let yourself just kind of get swept into the book to really enjoy it. While not the spine tingling madness of Hill House, this book did deliver suspense and a few chills and was a great October read. I give it 8 out of 10 cold lunches and recommend it to anybody who loves an atmospheric book, full of tension and imagery. Happy Reading Everybody!