Daphne du Maurier

Daphne du Maurier was a renowned 20th-century British author known for her richly plotted and atmospheric works of fiction. Some of her most famous novels include 'Rebecca', 'Jamaica Inn', and 'My Cousin Rachel'. Her works often contain psychological depth and suspense, and several have been adapted into successful films, most notably by Alfred Hitchcock.


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  1. 1. Rebecca

    A young woman marries a wealthy widower and moves into his large English country house. She quickly realizes that the memory of her husband's first wife, Rebecca, haunts every corner of the estate. The housekeeper's obsessive devotion to Rebecca and the mysterious circumstances of her death continue to overshadow the second wife's attempts to make a happy life with her husband. As secrets about Rebecca's life and death are revealed, the new wife must grapple with her own identity and place within the household.

    The 57th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. My Cousin Rachel

    The novel revolves around a young Englishman who seeks the truth about his cousin's mysterious widow, suspecting her of foul play in his cousin's untimely death. As he becomes entangled in the widow's seductive charms, his initial suspicions transform into a complex blend of attraction, jealousy, and uncertainty. Set against the backdrop of a grand Cornish estate, the story delves into themes of obsession, inheritance, and the blurred lines between passion and poison, leaving readers to ponder the true nature of the enigmatic woman at its center.

    The 805th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Not After Midnight

    This book is a captivating collection of five short stories that delve into themes of mystery, suspense, and the supernatural. Each narrative masterfully intertwines human emotions with eerie settings, leading the reader through a series of unexpected twists and turns. From the story of a schoolteacher whose vacation in Crete takes a dark turn to tales that explore the depths of obsession, betrayal, and the unexplained, the collection showcases the author's skill in creating atmospheres that are at once haunting and intriguing. The stories challenge the boundaries between the real and the surreal, leaving readers to ponder the complexities of the human psyche and the shadows that lurk within.

    The 3266th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. The Parasites

    This novel delves into the complex lives of three siblings, two sisters and a brother, who have grown up in the shadow of their parents' glamorous careers in the arts. As they navigate adulthood, their intertwined lives and the unconventional upbringing they experienced under the spotlight of their parents' fame come to the forefront. The narrative explores themes of identity, dependency, and the search for individuality, as the siblings grapple with their own talents and desires while being labeled as "parasites" by those who view them as merely living off the legacy of their parents. Through a blend of introspection and drama, the story examines the nuances of family dynamics, love, and the struggle to forge one's path in the world.

    The 4151st Greatest Book of All Time