Waiting on Wednesday: I'm Always Waiting for THE Rebecca Retelling

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I love Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. Yes, there are aspects of the book that feel a bit dated, but there's just something about the story of the young wife who's haunted by the dead ex-wife. It's creepy, it's Gothic, it's just really a great premise.

None of the YA Rebecca retellings I've read have completely hit the mark for me, but I never give up hope. Here's a new one:

by Alexander Monir
to be published on December 9, 2014
by Delacorte

"There's something hidden in the Maze." Seventeen-year-old Imogen has never forgotten the last words her father said to her seven years ago, before the blazing fire that consumed him, her mother, and the gardens of her family's English country manor. Haunted by her parents' deaths, Imogen moves to New York City with her new guardians. But when a letter arrives with the news of her cousin's untimely death, revealing that Imogen is now the only heir left to run the estate, she returns to England and warily accepts her role as duchess. All is not as it seems at Rockford, and Imogen quickly learns that dark secrets lurk behind the mansion's aristocratic exterior, hinting that the spate of deaths in her family were no accident. And at the center of the mystery is Imogen herself--and Sebastian, the childhood friend she has secretly loved for years. Just what has Imogen walked into? Combining a fresh twist on the classic REBECCA with a spine-tingling mystery and powerful romance, SUSPICION is an action-packed thrill ride.

In case you're interested, here's a list of other Rebecca-inspired YA, with links to my reviews.

New Girl by Paige Harbison (Harlequin Teen 2012)

The Dead and the Buried by Kim Harrington (Scholastic Point 2013)

Thorn Abby by Nancy Ohlin (Simon Pulse 2013)

Here's another YA one I haven't read:

Frost by Marianna Baer (Balzer + Bray 2011)

And I heard about this one (adult, not YA) and just couldn't even...

Alena by Rachel Pastan (Riverhead 2014)

Have you read Rebecca? Do you know of any retellings I haven't tried? If you're not up for the book, try the movie this summer -- Alfred Hitchcock, Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine -- it's really good!
And if you have a WoW please link me up so I can check it out :)


  1. I thought I couldn't get any more excited about this book, but I was wrong. The blurb I read didn't mention it was a twist on a classic. Thanks for sharing, Jen! Definitely going to check out your Rebecca list. :)

    Sabrina @ I Heart Y.A. Fiction

    1. Every time I do a post like this the Rebecca fans come out of the Gothic woodwork...

  2. The cover is gorgeous! I hope it's THE retelling you're looking for!

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

  3. I like that cover. I haven't read any of the previous retellings. I hope you really enjoy Suspicion.
    My WoW

  4. Great pic Jen! It has a nice cover and I love the plotline. I actually never read Rebecca and I do now since there's so much YA adaptations of classic books.

    Happy Reading!
    Patrick @ The Bookshelves

  5. I want to read this one since I first read about it, cause I loved the other books by Alexandra Monir.
    I had no idea it was a re-telling, that makes me want to read it even more!
    Lis @ The reader lines

  6. I didn't know this was a Rebecca retelling (shows how much I pay attention to the synopsis). But...that cover is just so distracting and beautiful!! I'm so excited for this one, and I hope it's as gorgeous as that cover. Oh, and I must read the actual Rebecca book soon too. Great pick! :)

    Holly @ Part of that World

  7. Rebecca was one of the few high school required reading choices that I really enjoyed. I didn't realize it was popular or as well-known to get the retelling treatment, but this book sounds fascinating.

    My pick over at Working for the Mandroid

  8. Oh! I'd not heard of this one! I'll have to add it to my wish-list. I read Thorn Abby and really didn't care for it. Thank you for bringing this to my attention!

  9. Wow. This sounds creepy and fun and totally worth waiting for! I'm so happy you came across this and I'm very excited to start reading it!

  10. Rebecca is one of my favorite books too, but I haven't read any retellings of it. The one you mentioned sounds creepy and good. I'll check it out.

  11. I've never heard of Rebecca and I had NO idea that The Dead and Buried was actually a retelling O_O

    BUT I am waiting on this one too! :D I loved Timeless by the author (even if the sequel was a huge disappointment) and I cannot wait to see the magic the author will work with this one.

    I do hope it hits the mark for you, Jen! :) Definitely going to go check out Rebecca now!

    Rashika @ The Social Potato

    1. My bad! I mis-read, so The Dead and Buried is INSPIRED by Rebecca.

  12. This is a wonderful pick, it sounds so amazing. Can't wait to read it. :)

  13. This one is on my list too! It looks awesome. I've never read Rebecca though.

  14. I have this one on my wish list cause the summary sounds amazing and the cover is stunning, but I had no idea it was a Rebecca retelling!!

  15. I can't say I have read Rebecca, but I love retellings. Primarily fairytale retellings, but I feel like retellings in general have a fantastical magical air about them that I LOVE and easily find myself engrossed in. I haven't heard of this book before, but I am LOVING the cover and the synopsis. I may definitely have to check this one out! Thank you for sharing <3 I love the little gems I stumble across when checking out WoW posts.

  16. I have the audiobook of Rebecca because I know you love it so much. I'm listening to Death Comes to Pemberly, then finishing Emma, then I'll listen to that next. I've taken to soothing British narrators as I fall asleep. This new retelling actually has me interested, though.


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