Daphne Du Maurier

Daphne Du Maurier is probably my favourite female novelist (though Donna Tartt comes a close second). I’m currently reading The Parasites (1949) which is proving to be a much harder story to get into than her better known works such as Rebecca and My Cousin Rachel. Many of the underlying elements of a Du Maurier novel are present; the psychological undercurrents together with lost and bewildered characters but so far the ‘hook’ that gets me enthralled is missing. Incidentally her works were a gift to filmmakers like Hitchcock and if you haven’t seen it, then Don’t Look Now is a wonderfully spooky picture set in a very sinister Venice.

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