These famous words open the most popular novel by Daphne du Maurier, the story of an intense romance set in a mysterious house in Cornwall.
When Maxim de Winter brings his shy new bride to his beautiful stately home, it seems like all her dreams have come true. But she soon finds that Manderley is haunted by the shadow of Maxim's first wife, Rebecca, who died the year before. As the hot summer fades, the mystery of Rebecca's death grows, weaving a spell of fear and foreboding. In a series of climactic revelations, Rebecca's memory is finally laid to rest, but at what cost? The unforgettable atmosphere and tension has transformed Rebecca from a popular romance on the page and on film to become a modern classic.