27 comments on “The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier | Book Review

  1. It has been decades since I read this one, Callum, so my memory is less than perfect, but I know at the time, I thought it brilliant. I’ve seen the basic subject treated many ways over the years, but as you point out, The House on the Strand is written in duMaurier’s inimitable style, lush, elegant prose and chilling twists included. Great, insightful review! I’ve reread Rebecca so many times I’ve lost count, but I suspect I’m long overdue for a reread of some of her other wonderful works, House included. Glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  2. I’ve been meaning to check out more of du Maurier’s work (I’ve only read Rebecca and a short story, The Breakthrough) and this one sounds worth looking into! Great review.

  3. Ohhh I love Daphne du Maurier! Rebecca, My Cousin Rachel, Jamaica Inn, her short stories – I devoured them, but never read this one. Will definitely add it to my TBR after your review 🙂

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  5. Looks like I’m going to add this one to my list now. I felt sure (as I mentioned on your wrap up) about my next du Maurier book but this sounds like one I should put on my must read list for the year.

  6. And she has SO MANY books. I looked at my online library catalog, and there are enough to keep me busy for years! I’m also interested to see how her short stories compare to her long novels. Have you read any of the short story collections by du Maurier?

    • I’ve read a couple of her short story collections; The Birds and The Doll. I really liked both! She manages to create her trademark gothic atmosphere and intriguing characters, even with a limited word count.

      • I do love that she was alive and writing when Hitchcock was creating movies based on her stories. I always had hopes that he would talk to her and get her two cents. I’m not sure that’s true, though. I watched a behind-the-scenes thing about Rebecca and learned that the only reason it was so close to the novel is because the producer lurked around the studio to keep Hitch on task. He wanted to change loads of things.

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