My Cousin Rachel

My Cousin Rachel

Book - 2009
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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: DUM
Characteristics: 387 p. ;,21 cm


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GCPL_Angela Sep 13, 2017

Fantastic. My first read by Daphne du Maurier, and it won't be my last.

While it wasn't quite as spooky as I expected it to be, it is atmospheric, with some very nice imagery, and Rachel herself is always an enigma, which keeps the pages turning. I'd heard Daphne du Maurier compared to the Brontes many times, so I think I was anticipating more insanity, mysterious laughter, things that go bump in the night, maybe a ghost or two -- and there isn't really any of that, but the tone is still mysterious in a way that's right up my alley.

I love a book or movie with an ambiguous ending, and this one leaves lingering questions long after the last page is turned. A real treat, and highly recommended.

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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