Inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, a spellbinding, suspenseful novel set in the moneyed world of the Hamptons, about secrets that refuse to remain buried and consequences that can’t be escaped
After a whirlwind romance, a young woman returns to the opulent, secluded Long Island mansion of her new fiancé Max Winter—a wealthy politician and recent widower—and a life of luxury she’s never known. But all is not as it appears at the Asherley estate. The house is steeped in the memory of Max’s beautiful first wife Rebekah, who haunts the young woman’s imagination and feeds her uncertainties, while his very alive teenage daughter Dani makes her life a living hell. She soon realizes there is no clear place for her in this twisted little family: Max and Dani circle each other like cats, a dynamic that both repels and fascinates her, and he harbors political ambitions with which he will allow no woman—alive or dead—to interfere.
As the soon-to-be second Mrs. Winter grows more in love with Max, and more afraid of Dani, she is drawn deeper into the family’s dark secrets—the kind of secrets that could kill her, too. The Winters is a riveting story about what happens when a family’s ghosts resurface and threaten to upend everything. (From Goodreads)
Thank you Viking Books for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.
I rate this book a 3.5 out of 5 Stars.
I have NOT read the classic Rebecca, and to be honest, I had never heard of it. So going into this book kind of blind, worked out well. One thing I can say for sure, is now I want to read the original.
This book was a slow read for me, I took my time reading it, and really enjoyed it. I feel like I comprehended the story a bit better, and I gave myself a lot of time to process what was happening, and to think about different scenarios. I really liked Dani, she was probably my favorite character in the whole book. She was brutal, and honest, and she struggled with losing her mom, and the only parent she felt loved her. Her deceased mom, really left a lasting impact.
I liked this book, and I liked being wrapped up in the whirlwind of it all. When something happens in this book, it comes barreling at you like a tornado, and you get caught up in it. I wanted to binge this book, because I wanted to see what the hints Dani kept dropping meant. I wanted to find out if Dani and The Future Mrs. Winters learned to play nice, and to see if Dani would accept this outsider. Most teens act out for a reason (I know this as I have my own) I just wanted to know what Caused Dani to be the way she was. I knew it would be something deep.
Overall, while I felt some parts were slower than others, the parts that weren’t, were engaging, dark, and very well done. I actually really enjoyed the ending, and like how it all came to a close!