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Inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, a spellbindingly 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
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 16th 2018 by Viking
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    Debra
    Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: edelweiss
    4.5 Stars

    "Last night Rebekah tried to murder me again."

    Now that is how you grip a reader from the very first sentence!

    A young woman, who shall remain nameless, meets Max, a wealthy politician and widower when he charters a boat form the company where she is employed in the Cayman Islands. After a whirlwind romance, she decides to turn down a job promotion and travels with Max to his home on Long Island. The home, Asherley, is opulent and the grounds are lush. She and Max are engaged, and she hop
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    Paromjit
    Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Lisa Gabriele writes an enjoyable psychological thriller based on Daphne Du Maurier's classic novel Rebecca. This is a modern American version set in the wealthy Hamptons, Long Island. A naive unnamed young woman from the Cayman Islands is swept up in a surprisingly whirlwind romance with ambitious widower, senator Max Winter. They return to his secluded mansion, Asherley, a place where the ghost of Max's first wife, Rebekah, looms inescapably large and ever present. The young woman is like a fi ...more
    Holly  B
    First I should say that Rebecca is an all time favorite of mine, and this book was inspired by the original. It isn't a retelling.

    I have read the 1938 classic, Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier twice and I was really looking forward to reading this novel.  The blurb says that this one was "inspired" by the original. It started out pretty good and I had high hopes, but by the end I wasn't caring for any of the characters.

    This is a totally different story with a few nods to some of the original sto
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    Michelle
    Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: edelweiss-arc-s
    "Last night Rebekah tried to murder me again."

    The Winters is a modern day re-telling of the classic novel Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. I am apparently one of the only people in the world that hasn't read this classic novel but I intend to especially after reading this gem of a book.

    Our unnamed narrator is swept off her feet while she's working at a boat charter company in the Cayman Islands. His name is Max Winter and he's a prominent New York Senator. She can't believe it when he actually
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    Peter
    Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Sinister
    The Winters is an audacious book, in that it grabs very explicitly the iconic story Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier, in both hands and writes a bold new modern-day retelling of Max Winter and his new wife, following the death of his first wife Rebecca (or Rebekah in this novel). I can’t work out if this is a good move or not. To be compared so obviously to the classic is a daunting task, even with unique perspectives. Reading this book I’m both fortunate and unfortunate. Fortunate that I h
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    Diane S ☔
    Nov 14, 2018 rated it liked it
    I'm not a big fan of modern retellings of well known novels. It has been a long time since I read Rebecca, so I dont remember all the t. What I do remeber is the Gothic tone, the sense of forboding that creeped through the pages. I didn't find that here. What I found was a young, naive woman, a politician that seems lost after his first wifes death, Rebekkah of course, and a rather bratty teen. The story does build, but it wasn't really suspenseful until the end. The buildup is slow, and at time ...more
    Tammy
    Jul 26, 2018 rated it liked it
    This is a nice, light riff on Rebecca. There are enough changes to make it an interesting update yet retain the Gothic elements of the classic novel. Well done but not riveting.
    Carrie
    Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: edelweiss
    The Winters by Lisa Gabriele is a thriller that was inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s classic novel Rebecca. What the author has done with this retelling is bring the story into the present time in America and give her own little twist on the tale.

    A young woman who was working in the Cayman Islands met Max Winter at her job catering to rich clients. Max was different than other men she’d met in her lifetime and before she knew it she was falling in love. However there was not supposed to be any fr
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    Jess | thegreeneyedreader
    Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ stars - I absolutely LOVED this book. It took me a little longer than usual to read this suspenseful book, but I think that was only because I didn’t want it to end. It is beautifully written and the descriptions and character observations really pull you into the story. I cannot recommend this book enough.

    An unnamed narrator opens the book with the line, “Last night Rebekah tried to murder me again” and the suspense doesn’t let up until the very last page. The unnamed future Mrs. Wint
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    Katie B
    I wouldn't say there is anything significantly wrong with this book. I guess my main issue is it didn't feel like it was something new and different. Supposedly this is a modern day re-telling of Rebecca. I haven't read the book but enjoyed the Alfred Hitchcock movie when I saw it years ago. There have been so many adaptations or re-tellings throughout the years that this one just blends in with the rest of them and doesn't stand out. I wish this could have been more than just an average read.

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    Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: read-2018
    First, I want to say that I love REBECCA by Daphne du Maurier. It's a book that I have read several times and I feel like I love it a bit more every time I read it. Second, this book, well we got off on the wrong foot I think. I had a hard time getting into it, found it hard to like the story and the characters. So, I took a break and then I came back to it a couple of month's later and I pick up where I left on, but this time did I choose the audio version. And, now the story felt much more to ...more
    Mandy White
    Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: net-galley
    I absolutely loved this book - just could not get enough! It was so beautifully written and at times I felt like I was actually there in the Hamptons with the characters. With a cast of characters all hiding secrets from each other it was hard to know how was to be trusted. And I had it all wrong in the end - which was fantastic!

    The story of an orphaned girl whose only life is work. She meets the rich senator Max Winter who whisks her away to his secluded mansion in the Hamptons to become the se
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    Ova - Excuse My Reading
    This was pretty good considering it's almost a retelling of Rebecca, a story every book or movie lover knows of. I can't help to think it could have been a tiny bit shorter but the ending was perfect.

    I really loved this modern, twisted Rebecca retelling.
    Full review soon!
    Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    A modern retelling of Daphne du Maurier's, Rebecca, set in the Hamptons of New York. I'll be up front and say that I've yet to read Rebecca (though I do have a copy on my shelf... why do I do this to myself?!). I now wish I had read the classic first just to see what had been changed to make this a more modern retelling.

    This novel builds - starts off innocently enough and then slowly unravels as you turn each page. I was so intrigued and consumed by the story that I didn't even realize until jus
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    Pauline
    Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley
    The Winters by Lisa Gabriele is the story of a woman who after a whirlwind romance marries Max Winters she then travels to his house Asherley to live. She is feeling that she has to compete with his dead wife Rebekah to fit into the household.
    This book is a modern rebelling of Rebecca by Daphne de Maurier and as I have read that book several times, I felt this modern version lacked the charm of the original story.
    I would like to thank NetGalley and Random House Uk for my e-copy in exchange for
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    Dennis
    I battled between 2 or 3 stars for this title, and ultimately felt that the writing and the story deserved more than a lackluster response, so 3 stars it is! Disclaimer: I've never read Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, but I was told that by not reading the original, that I'd enjoy this retelling more (eeek!). The Winters is a modern day retelling of du Maurier's classic horror novel, but falls flat on the suspense and mystery that the original story embodies (I've heard it's scary AF).

    Our unname
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    Roman Clodia
    May 14, 2018 rated it liked it
    Some of these things I learned firsthand, some through bits and pieces I read online, because ours was a story that had captured the world's attention.

    Like du Maurier's Rebecca with a Mean Girls makeover, this is a fun light read that certainly keeps the pages turning. It would be an ideal beach or commute read when you want something engrossing but easy and unchallenging.

    The story is Rebecca updated and switched to Long Island, and part of the fun is watching Gabriele's deft re-positionings
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    Shelleen Toland
    Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: first-reads
    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 ...more
    Liz Barnsley
    Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
    The Winters was hugely addictive and I thoroughly enjoyed this homage to Daphne Du Maurier and Rebecca- a novel I’ve read a few times over the years.

    The Winters is atmospheric and clever, with nods to the original inspiration dotted about within which enhanced the read for me beautifully. In its own right though it is also a well paced, intriguing psychological thriller with engaging and fascinating characters.

    I was very drawn to Dani, with her dark nature and random twists of mood. The second M
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    Eva
    Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    "Last night Rebekah tried to murder me again."

    If that opening sentence doesn’t draw you in, little else will. Heavily inspired by Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca, The Winters does an excellent job of being an exciting psychological suspense novel all on its own. So if you never read the classic, don’t fret!

    The Cayman Islands. A slice of paradise on earth. But for our nameless main character, for her name is never revealed, it is anything but. Struggling to make ends meet, she seems doomed to live in
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    Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
    I think this is the first retelling I've seen where the blurb doesn't gleefully announce that it's a retelling.

    Odd, considering that Daphne DuMaurier's REBECCA is such a beloved book and the idea of a modern retelling would intrigue many.
    Emma
    I picked this up far too soon after finishing Du Maurier's version and unfortunately it doesn't hold up well in comparison.
    Lou
    Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    The Winters, Lisa Gabriele's spin on the du Maurier classic Rebecca, is a tale set in the affluent and glamorous world of the Asherley Estate where Mr and Mrs Winters reside. Although the author has liberally borrowed from the original, she does at least add some unique touches of her own. Now I am not usually a fan of novels set in opulent surroundings with characters who value money and social standing far more than morality or love, but I thoroughly enjoyed this!

    Ms Gabriele relocates the stor
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    Kate Vocke
    Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: arc, winner-winner
    Talk about dysfunctional family - holy heck are there some serious issues and baggage and secrets within the Winters family! And what a fun ride it was to watch them all unravel! (Gosh that sounds so mean, but it's fiction right.. no guilt here!)

    I really enjoyed this crazy suspenseful novel, and just actually found out AFTER I read this, that it's inspired by duMauriers Rebecca. Which I haven't read. Sigh.... I can't believe I still haven't read that classic tale, but THIS has made me move it u
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    Mellie Antoinete
    Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    “Max has become two men to me, the one I met on my island, and the one who took me to live with him on his.”

    Gah! What an achingly beautiful novel. I’ve never been a fan of retellings. But Gabriele manages to shelter all of the vintage classic elements of Du Maurier’s suspenseful novel by “opening the curtains, flooding the story” with a fresh mysterious light that is both timeless and yet somehow new all at the same time.

    ********🚨 POTENTIAL SPOILER ALERT 🚨 *********

    “He killed my kitten. So I b
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    Jamie Rosenblit
    May 11, 2018 rated it liked it
    Shelves: arcs
    3.5 - review to come

    The Winters was definitely a slow burn type of book, which made the beginning a bit tough for me to get into, given that I'm a fairly impatient person (oops). The other factor here is that this is a modern retelling of Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier - a classic that I have never read. I wonder if maybe I would have appreciated more had I done so. Once the story picked up, I was interested and enjoyed the twisty outcome ending. I think those of you that enjoy a slow burn with a
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    The Lit Bitch
    Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
    I read Rebecca a few years ago and I thought it was an excellent read with lots of atmosphere and mood. I haven’t really read a book since that comes close to it, so when this book came up for review, I was intrigued as the story sounded like a modern retelling of the gothic classic.

    In my opinion, Rebecca is a tough novel to follow. It’s unique—especially considering the time it was written—and has a huge cult following. It told an original story that was haunting and yet creepy without being a
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    Sophia
    How could I resist the lure of Daphne DuMaurier's Rebecca revisted in an all new take on a gothic thriller that is still keeping readers riveted to the pages. Naturally, there was a great deal of curiosity to see a modern variation on the classic, a little trepidation, but also so much anticipation.

    The Winters introduces a young unnamed woman, average and good, who has known poverty and her fair share of loss, working a job for a charter boat business in the Cayman Islands. She is bowled over by
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    The Just-About-Cocky Ms M
    Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: None of my friends
    Recommended to The Just-About-Cocky Ms M by: The over-the-top blurbs, the hyperbole, the five-star reviews
    Here's my take on this book: No, the first line is not "brilliant." It is a painfully sophomoric rendition of the original. And no, the conclusion is not "shattering." It is both inane and silly. It was also not "spellbindingly suspenseful." Oh, the depths to which promos for books will go to promote crap.

    I am also still snickering at the hype surrounding this pitiful and eminently boring travesty of a lame retelling of Rebecca. It is an epic fail in the same way so many Hollywood remakes of cla
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    Karen's World
    Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Oh wow what a brilliant piece of work, you may think you know how this is going to go but you have to read it. It’s bloody amazing, what a twist that I never even had an inkling about. Great writing, super characters that you really get to know. There is a space for another book which I think would be really great with lots of fireworks. Ask for this for Xmas, you may not sleep once you start reading it though!
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    Lisa Gabriele is an author and a award-winning TV producer, writer and director. Her writing has appeared in Vice, Nerve, New York Magazine, Washington Post, New York Times Magazine, Globe and Mail, National Post, Elle and Glamour. Her essays have appeared in several anthologies, including The Best American Non-Required Reading. She’s also the author of the international best-selling S.E.C.R.E.T. ...more
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