A writer who was beginning to emerge from her shell while at the same time seeking a place to hide, thirsting for the solitude, the sea and the freedom to write, that the publication of these, her first stories, would eventually allow her to revel in. (Introduction)
In 'The Doll' a waterlogged notebook is washed ashore. Its pages tell a dark story of obsession and jealousy. But the fate of its narrator is a mystery.
Many of the stories in this haunting collection have only recently been discovered. Most were written early in Daphne du Maurier's career, yet they display her mastery of atmosphere, tension and intrigue and reveal a cynicism far beyond her years.
A selection of early, psychologically mature short stories. (passion4reading)
Thirteen stories, some of which have only appeared in magazine form, that Du Maurier wrote when she was just beginning her career. Taken together, the collection demonstrates the growth of her storytelling skills.