My Cousin Rachel – Daphne du Maurier

Title: My Cousin Rachel
Author: Daphne du Maurier
ISBN: 9781402217098
Pages: 400
Release Date: March 1, 2009
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Genre: Classics, Mystery
Rating: 4 out of 5

From the back cover:

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.

When Danielle at Sourcebooks Landmark offered me a copy of My Cousin Rachel to review, I was ecstatic! I couldn’t wait to read another gothic mystery by Daphne du Maurier, the author of Rebecca, which is a classic in the genre that I love so much.

At its core, My Cousin Rachel is a novel of obsession. It is about what happens to one person when they become consumed by another. Within its pages is the emotion, irrationality, and clouded judgment that comes with obsession. Over the course of the novel, Philip loses the ability to think clearly as he becomes more and more infatuated with Rachel. He has trouble seeing the situation around him as it really is; his feelings for Rachel cloud everything.

The question that looms over the novel, and the mystery contained within, centers on the enigmatic Rachel. Who is she and what does she want? Is she a sinister woman with malicious intentions who married Ambrose for his money and drove him to an early death? Or is she simply a woman who is followed by misfortune and is as innocent and charming as she seems? The lack of answers to these questions create a sense of unease that lingers through My Cousin Rachel.

Though it is a “classic” novel, My Cousin Rachel is not difficult to read. The pages turn quickly as the reader becomes absorbed by the novel. I was completely hooked on the story, trying to figure out what was in Rachel’s head through every twist and turn.

I definitely recommend My Cousin Rachel, especially if you enjoyed Rebecca. This is a great read that you won’t want to miss if you enjoy gothic mysteries!

Thank you to Danielle at Sourcebooks for sending me this book to review!

Comments

  1. I have read Frenchman’s Creek and Rebecca and liked them both .For some reason this book didnt appeal to me.I dropped it after the first chapter.I might try again.

  2. I have read Frenchman’s Creek and Rebecca and liked them both .For some reason this book didnt appeal to me.I dropped it after the first chapter.I might try again.

  3. I haven’t read any of du Maurier’s work, but after reading all the great reviews of this one and Frenchman’s Creek, I really want to.

  4. I haven’t read any of du Maurier’s work, but after reading all the great reviews of this one and Frenchman’s Creek, I really want to.

  5. This is one I’m really looking forward to reading. I am kicking myself a little for not asking Danielle for it but I’ll just support them by buying it instead. =)

  6. This is one I’m really looking forward to reading. I am kicking myself a little for not asking Danielle for it but I’ll just support them by buying it instead. =)

  7. I have yet to read any of DuMaurier’s books, but I currently have Rebecca out from the library. I want to read that one before watching the movie later this summer (for MyFriendAmy’s Summer of Hitchcock). I’ve been seeing several reviews lately for both this one and Frenchmans Creek. They all sound very very good.

  8. I have yet to read any of DuMaurier’s books, but I currently have Rebecca out from the library. I want to read that one before watching the movie later this summer (for MyFriendAmy’s Summer of Hitchcock). I’ve been seeing several reviews lately for both this one and Frenchmans Creek. They all sound very very good.

  9. Aah, obsession … that was a huge theme in Wuthering Heights (which I just finished). I’ve not read any of DuMaurier’s works but I really must, and soon.

  10. Aah, obsession … that was a huge theme in Wuthering Heights (which I just finished). I’ve not read any of DuMaurier’s works but I really must, and soon.

  11. I won this one and am so excited about it. I haven’t read Rebecca yet either, but I did enjoy Frenchman’s Creek.

  12. I won this one and am so excited about it. I haven’t read Rebecca yet either, but I did enjoy Frenchman’s Creek.

  13. I’m glad you mentioned it’s not a “difficult” read! Sometimes I get scared off the classics because I’m too afraid I’ll develop a massive headache trying to sift through the old language. Or feel like I’m back in college. But I’ve been curious to read something by du Maurier since I started seeing reviews of Rebecca appearing everywhere! I’m definitely going to keep her in mind 🙂

  14. I’m glad you mentioned it’s not a “difficult” read! Sometimes I get scared off the classics because I’m too afraid I’ll develop a massive headache trying to sift through the old language. Or feel like I’m back in college. But I’ve been curious to read something by du Maurier since I started seeing reviews of Rebecca appearing everywhere! I’m definitely going to keep her in mind 🙂

  15. Rebecca is on my list, and I’ll keep this one in mind for the future. I hadn’t heard of it before now, so thank you for bringing it to my attention.

  16. Rebecca is on my list, and I’ll keep this one in mind for the future. I hadn’t heard of it before now, so thank you for bringing it to my attention.

  17. Du Maurier is definitely easy to read — at least to me. I think I read this years ago — it sounds familiar. I’ll have to thumb through it at the library.

  18. Du Maurier is definitely easy to read — at least to me. I think I read this years ago — it sounds familiar. I’ll have to thumb through it at the library.

  19. I loved Rebecca and now, thanks to your review, I will definitely check out My Cousin Rachel!

  20. I loved Rebecca and now, thanks to your review, I will definitely check out My Cousin Rachel!

  21. I didn’t really realize that Du Maurier had mysteries. I may have to try this one!

  22. I didn’t really realize that Du Maurier had mysteries. I may have to try this one!

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