One question I ask on my podcast is what’s the best book you’ve read besides the Bible? I’m always surprised by the answers, but my favorite all time book is Rebecca. It was the first romantic suspense book I read. I must have been about twelve or thirteen, but I remember being scared to death as I read it. If you’ve never read it, here’s a little about it.
This story is set in England, and I always imagined it in the late 1800’s. It doesn’t state the date. It’s written as a flashback, which is a little different from what we write today. The narrator is not named, but she marries Maxim and he takes her to his ancestral estate. Rebecca is his first wife who died mysteriously.
When I envision this place they go to, Manderley, I feel dark and cold. But, the scenery is beautiful and it made me want to live in a castle in England or Scotland. They are dark and cold. The mystery is intense. If you want to write a good romantic suspense, read Rebecca.
Amazon has the book for sale, but from what I hear it is “a watered down version.” I’m searching on ebay for one of the original books.
There are so many older books we can learn more about storytelling. My other favorite author was Victoria Holt. I think I read all of her books. Reading can improve your life, make you live longer by helping you to be stress free, unless you’re reading something very scary. I’m reading Plummet now by Brandilyn Collins, and it is anything but relaxing.
Look at some of the older books to make your storytelling better.