Books: No Sunnybrook Farm

REBECCA—Daphne du Maurier—Doubleday, Doran ($2.75).

Daphne du Maurier, daughter of the famous Gerald, whose lively portrait she wrote three years ago, has written five novels. The fifth, Rebecca, is definitely two cuts above Jamaica Inn, the thriller which won her reputation in 1936.

Rebecca is the story of a gawky young girl who marries an attractive man 20 years her elder, becoming the mistress of a great English country house and a victim of the tragedy that overhangs it. A sense of doom built up in the first few pages strikes a reader as a tour de force, brilliant but false. As the...

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