Today I’m recommending another from my oldies-but-goodies list, ‘Rebecca’ by Daphne DuMaurier. A true classic. I think this is the mother of modern romantic suspense novels, personally. I read it for the first time when I was 13 or thereabouts. Handsome, wealthy man conducts a chaste seduction of a naive young woman, marries and sweeps her away to his estate where she is isolated and out of her depth, and realizes he has a mysterious and painful past, and that she might be in danger. Heard that plot before? This book is the more modern (early 20th century) version of … yes, you guessed it, the classic, Jane Eyre trope.
Whenever I re-read this, it surprises me how much it’s influenced me both in what I read, and what I write today. I recommend. BUT, I would caution you that the prose is a little textured and baroque as was the style of the day, in case you don’t like that kinda stuff.
Oh, and here’s a clip from the Oscar-winning movie based on the book, starring Lawrence Olivier and Joan Fontaine and directed by Alfred Hitchcock. When I’m too lazy to read the book for the umpteenth time, I watch the movie if it’s available.