One of the great Gothic suspense novels of all time, du Maurier's Rebecca, is getting a Broadway production – but who will play Manderley? Rebeccas opening line, “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again” is enough to send shivers up the spine of nearly anyone who’s read the book or seen the 1940 Oscar-winning movie. The home of Maxim de Winter, Manderley is an imposing, palatial manor that comes to be almost a character itself, with its secrets, terrors, and murky history. One has to wonder – how will Manderley come to life on stage? (And how weird is it that the 2012 Broadway production has been plagued by the sudden, mysterious death of a shadowy investor? . . .)


The question made me think: What other settings are so vital to a book? I came up with a list of five, heavily weighted toward suspense and horror, I’ll admit.  (Because what’s a good ghost story without a haunted house, after all?) From mansion to tract home, here are my top five.

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