My Cousin Rachel

My Cousin Rachel

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From the bestselling author of Rebecca, another classic set in beautiful and mysterious Cornwall.

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin!

"From the first page...the reader is back in the moody, brooding atmosphere of Rebecca." -The New York Times

From the bestselling author of Rebecca, another classic set in beautiful and mysterious Cornwall.

Philip Ashley's older cousin Ambrose, who raised the orphaned Philip as his own son, has died in Rome. Philip, the heir to Ambrose's beautiful English estate, is crushed that the man he loved died far from home. He is also suspicious. While in Italy, Ambrose fell in love with Rachel, a beautiful English and Italian woman. But the final, brief letters Ambrose wrote hint that his love had turned to paranoia and fear.

Now Rachel has arrived at Philip's newly inherited estate. Could this exquisite woman, who seems to genuinely share Philip's grief at Ambrose's death, really be as cruel as Philip imagined? Or is she the kind, passionate woman with whom Ambrose fell in love? Philip struggles to answer this question, knowing Ambrose's estate, and his own future, will be destroyed if his answer is wrong.

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Praise for Daphne du Maurier

"Miss du Maurier is... a storyteller whose sole aim is to bewitch and beguile. And in My Cousin Rachel she does both, with Rebecca looking fondly over her shoulder." — New York Times

"Double-distilled readers' delight." — Manchester Guardian

Publisher: Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks Landmark, [2009]
ISBN: 9781402217098
Branch Call Number: FICTION DU MAURIER
Characteristics: 387 p. ; 21 cm


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CircMary Apr 13, 2017

I knew that du Maurier laid out every word, every scene, very carefully to draw us in to her web, and I enjoyed every minute of it.

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Aug 14, 2018

I absolutely loved this book from start to finish. I looked forward to reading it every day. So much suspense, twists and turns. It is so well written, especially the main characters. The author had me in the palm of her hands. Rachel is a very interesting character for whom I have no sympathy or pity. Another reviewer here stated this is "a decidedly feminist novel" and that "Rachel is a survivor in a male-dominated world." Totally incorrect. A true feminist does not do what Rachel does, period.

I first read DuMaurier's other novel "Rebecca" as a teen and it blew me away. It is one of my favorite books. Why I never read "My Cousin Rachel" before is a puzzlement as I read some of DuMaurier's other novels soon after "Rebecca". I decided to read this book after reading a biography on DuMaurier a few months ago. Am I ever so glad I did. Sheer perfection. It's a great mystery/suspense, not a romance novel.

Feb 22, 2018

The entire plot was credible until the last few pages. Surely the construction workers could have better prevented people from accessing the bridge?

Nov 09, 2017

I have always appreciated Dame Daphne du Murier, whose only novel I don't like so far is "Jamaica Inn." I thought that "Rebecca" was my favorite, but now I am reconsidering. "My cousin Rachel" is a magnificent suspense story, beside being - at least in my opinion - a decidedly feminist novel. Left by both her dead husbands without any provisions and in one case with debts to pay, Rachel is a survivor in a male-dominated world. Philip Ashley, who has inherited everything while the legitimate widow has been left penniless, tries to convince Rachel to marry him first by donating her the property (which is, in fact, a way of paying her for future services) and then, when she refuses the imposition of marriage, by threatening her physically. The story is narrated in first person by a completely infatuated Philip and is interspersed with references to poison and and 'extravagance' (Rachel's desire to spend money mainly on other people). Honestly, I cannot blame Rachel for acting as she does: as I said, she needs to survive and Victorian England is not kind to women. She never asks for anything, Philips donates her the estate as his own initiative on the assumption that it will entitle him to Rachel herself. He has miscalculated and - being fundamentally an immature and selfish person - he takes his revenge on her. Great read! Until the end, we are left wondering who is poisoning whom.

DBRL_ANNEG Oct 13, 2017

A wonderful, Gothic suspense. The story unfolds somewhat slowly at first, but it kept me guessing and the pace picked up as it drew to its stunning conclusion. This would be a great Book Club read because of how much mystery runs throughout the story. What are Rachel's true motivations? How much is the story shaped by expectations of the roles women play? These are just a few questions that could lead to a fantastic discussion.

athompson10 Jun 14, 2017

Good juicy Gothic romance/mystery.

CircMary Apr 13, 2017

I knew that du Maurier laid out every word, every scene, very carefully to draw us in to her web, and I enjoyed every minute of it.

Jul 17, 2015

a most fascinating and well written, captivating mystery story.

Mar 30, 2015

A sense of doom pervades this book from start to finish, even when Phillip and his cousin Rachel seem the happiest. Knowing what he knows of her life in Italy with his cousin Ambrose, how can he truly trust her? Yet, seeing her as she presents herself to him, how can he not trust her? The people in Cornwall whom he's always trusted don't trust her, and he certainly doesn't trust anybody from Florence that Rachel trusts. So all he has to go on are his own innocence, his gut reaction to her, and the few letters Ambrose wrote him about her. It's not enough. The major characters are so carefully drawn, including the butler and the estate itself, and the ending is both inevitable, and shocking.

Krajzel Jul 03, 2012

Quite a good book! Certainly up to Ms. DuMaurier's style. Gets a little boring sometimes, it seems the same thing over and over. Rachel is hard to figure out, one minute you think she is an angel, the other minute you know for certain she is conniving to interfere in others lives. Only at the end do you know which one she really is. Not a bad read.

crankylibrarian Mar 01, 2012

The horror of romantic obsession. The innocent young hero grows concerned when his beloved older cousin marries suddenly in Italy then becomes deathly ill. Who is this woman, cousin Rachel, who has had such a terrible effect on him? and what will happen when she comes to England? Is she a monster, and a murderess? Or is the evil in the eyes of the beholder?


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