while it took a bit to get "into" the book, it was an enjoyable read, albeit the ending was just a tad disappointing.
Orphaned from an early age, Phillip Ashley is raised by his benevolent older cousin, Ambrose. A confirmed bachelor, Ambrose delights instead in having Phillip as his heir, a man in whom Ambrose shares a kindred spirit - someone who will love his grand home just as much as Ambrose does himself. However, the cozy world the cousins have constructed together is shattered, when Ambrose sets off on a trip to Florence. There he falls in love and marries - and it is there he dies suddenly.
In almost no time at all, the new widow - Phillip's distant cousin Rachel - turns up in England. In spite of himself, Phillip is entranced by her beauty, drawn to this mysterious and sophisticated woman like a moth to a flame. And yet...might she be hiding a deadly secret of her own?
I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Daphne du Maurier weaves a superbly Gothic mystery - one that is intriguing and suspenseful, and kept me guessing until the very end. I give My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier an A+!
This author is INCREDIBLE... Also pretty easy to read.
Great twist at the end. Mysterious.
Excellent book about love and jealousy.
"My Cousin Rachel is the portrait of an enigmatic woman who might be devil or angel, but who will remain in your memory forever."
A good 18th century novel with a strong female lead.
Daphne du Maurier draws up a suspense infused with a million details (that doesn't read like a long, drawn out body of work) which still only manages to weave an ambiguous understanding of whether one had ill intentions over another from the start. It's open to interpretation which will make for great discussion, and it makes for a cozy read on a chilly and rainy afternoon!