Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier I first read this as a teen in a mystery anthology owned by my mother, even though it was, I read, originally published as romance. These days it can be found in the general fiction section. Published in 1938, I'd say you can call this Gothic romance a classic--and it works on all levels--as both romance but also as a mystery with a twist worthy of Agatha Christie and written with real style. The opening lines are among the most famous and evocative in English literature: Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. Fitting, because the estate of Manderley is almost a character onto itself in this book described with vivid imagery. And Mrs Danvers? One of the most sinister characters in fiction. I've read and enjoyed other books by the author, such as My Cousin Rachel. Darker in tone than the usual romance book, but also gorgeously written and moving. A must read.