If you've reached the end of Rebecca and you still don't feel like you know the truth, then things are exactly as they should be. Part of the fun of this book is trying to sort the truth from the lies, knowing full well that none of our witnesses are very reliable. There are layers and layers of lies, most of them centering on Rebecca. There are so many secrets between Maxim and Mrs. de Winter that when Maxim reveals the big one – you know, that he killed his ex-wife – we want to shout out a big "FINALLY!" Sometimes this novel reads like a battle of the manipulators: whoever can put on the right act wins. At other times, the characters seem incredibly lost and bewildered, searching desperately for some sort of truth to emerge.
Maxim's wealth, power, and status allow him to lie all he wants and still get away with it.
Mrs. Danvers is the most deceitful character in Rebecca.