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My Cousin Rachel

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  12,607 ratings  ·  1,028 reviews
Orphaned at an early age, Philip Ashley is raised by his benevolent older cousin, Ambrose. Resolutely single, Ambrose delights in Philip as his heir, a man who will love his grand home as much as he does himself. But the cosy world the two construct is shattered when Ambrose sets off on a trip to Florence. There he falls in love and marries - and there he dies suddenly.

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WOW! I liked MY COUSIN RACHEL even better than REBECCA!

This dark old-fashioned style mystery gives the reader plenty of clues to contemplate, some suspicious evil characters to dissect and others who's naïvety and impulsive acts will make you want to scream with frustration.....or it did me.

As for the ending....I loved it, but you'll have to decide for yourself if Rachel is innocent or guilty of a crime(s)......but IMHO (view spoiler)


To think that just a few short months ago, I was under the impression that Daphne du Maurier only wrote one novel worth reading, the splendid Rebecca. I could not have been more wrong.

My Cousin Rachel is a wonderful read. A psychological thriller, the novel is set in 19th Century Cornwall and in Florence. The narrator, Philip Ashley, falls in love with – or rather, becomes obsessed with - his cousin’s widow, Rachel, who may or may not be a murderess. The development and consequences of Philip’s
Did she or didn’t she? That is the question that will keep readers on the edge of their seat until the final twists on the very last pages. Phillip Ashley was orphaned at a young age and raised in 19C Cornwall by his older cousin Ambrose. Health issues force Ambrose to spend time in warmer climates and he meets and marries a distant cousin Rachel, the widowed Countess Sangaletti. A cryptic note arrives from Ambrose hinting at being poisoned and Phillip heads to Florence to find Ambrose dead of a ...more
My Cousin Rachel was published in 1951, and is a gripping story of suspense. It very much recalls the feel and style of her earlier mystery novel "Rebecca" of 1938.

The novel's narrator is Philip Ashley, a young man who had been orphaned at the early age of seven. He was raised by his bachelor uncle Ambrose, the owner of a large country estate on the Cornish coast. In the first chapter, we learn Philip's life story up to the age of 24.

Ambrose had been a very unconventional guardian, teaching Ph
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
There is a mystery at the heart of this story, but it's mostly about unrequited puppy love in the extreme. I spent almost the entire book thinking don't do it, Philip, don't do it!, but he's a lovesick fool, and hardheaded to boot. I felt so sorry for Louise Kendall throughout the story. She's such a dear girl and loyal friend, and too decent to butt in when she ought to. I don't really know how to feel about Rachel. If I had a younger man gaga over me like that, I can't say I wouldn't take adva ...more
Chiara Pagliochini
«Eravamo insofferenti nei confronti dei nostri simili, ma comunque bramosi d’affetto; la timidezza aveva tenuto sotto chiave qualunque impulso, ma poi il cuore era stato toccato. E quando il cuore fu toccato, per noi sembrò spalancarsi il paradiso e ci parve di possedere – sì, a entrambi – tutta la ricchezza dell’universo. Se fossimo stati diversi, saremmo sopravvissuti».

Il mio amore per Daphne Du Maurier è nato molti anni fa, quando, essendomi imbattuta per la prima volta in Rebecca la prima m
This is an excellent example of mid-century Quality Writing; it reads quickly (DuMaurier's style goes down like chocolate milk -- a wash of image & word choice that makes you wonder if you're reading too fast) & creates a wonderfully unreliable narrator. Like The Turn of the Screw & its ghost-or-not-ghost question, DuMaurier leaves the ultimate answer to the reader's interpretation. Is Rachel guilty or not? The debate is open. (view spoiler)

daphne du maurier haunts me. not only do her books reverberate with ghosts (of the past, imagination, emotion to name a few) but her writing stays with you, your mind being tormented by the tales she's told you. even as i read this book, i found myself comparing it to rebecca. i would deeply love to compare those two books here, especially their haunted aspects but i love the book enough not to want to possibly ruin that adventure for anybody who may read these remarks. suffice to say that i fou ...more
Where I got the book: my local library. A book club read.

After I’d finished this novel, I went back and read the first chapter again, to enjoy the foreshadowing. A wonderfully layered chapter it is, haunted by the shadow of a swinging gibbet and the events of the distant and recent past. The gibbet, of course, does the job of setting the story in a pre-industrial past, but history doesn’t enter into it—the novel plunges us into a timeless world of travel by coach and the lower orders knowing the
Engrossing tale of deadly obsessions, greed and infatuation. Is there a reliable narrator in the house? Probably not. kingdom for a cellphone instead of the interminably slow Royal Mail!

For what it's worth here's my take: (view spoiler)
Diane Lynn
Wow, what a great story! I don’t believe there was a wasted sentence in this book. Everything is there for a reason. Set in Cornwall (mostly) and Florence, the story is told from the first person POV of 24 year old Philip Ashley. Just how reliable is this narrator? That is just one of many questions this reader went back and forth on. Cousin Rachel’s background and situation also leads to numerous second guesses. Love/obsession and jealousy are central to the tension that slowly builds. This was ...more
Loved it the first time, adored it as a re-read! Can I give it 6 stars?
My Cousin Rachel is a great suspense novel - I think it is even better than du Maurier's Rebecca. Unlike Rebecca, this is a historical fiction set in mid-nineteenth century Cornwall. Although du Maurier never specifies the exact date, she leaves clues which set the timeframe (such as the opening scene of the book, in which Philip Ashley describes seeing the body of a criminal hanging at a crossroads when he was 7). I believe that this absence of dates was deliberately done to add to the timeless ...more
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This novel could easily have been a short story or a novella, and the story suffers from being stretched out too much. The narrator is annoying - props to du Maurier for writing believably in a man's voice, but because the narrator's thoughtless and you always have reason to doubt Rachel's motives, you're not really invested in any one character.
I'm a pretty harsh critic of ambiguity in fiction. All too often it's done as a cop-out, loose plot threads left hanging due to authorial laziness or inadequacy. Why do the work of crafting a coherent plot when you can just leave things vague and call it artsy?

But there are some authors who do the whole ambiguity thing brilliantly, and Daphne duMaurier is one of them. This is the second book of hers I've read, and as much as I loved Rebecca, in a lot of ways My Cousin Rachel is even better. Rich
Oct 03, 2011 apple rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Starcatcher ☆★
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Never.. since my mother read me the bedtime story about that ungrateful brat of a runaway bunny when I was five..have I felt such an uncontrollable urge to pimpslap a fictional character so much ---You, Philip I could literally feel the impact velocity of fluffy bunny fur and your Oxford-cultivated English-gentry ruddy cheeks against the back of my hand!

The story of Philip and his enigmatic cousin Rachel is much simpler in terms of plot than “Rebecca” but somehow I found myself enjo
This is the second novel I've read by Daphne Du Maurier. I read 'Rebecca' earlier this year and I thoroughly enjoyed both books. There is a quality about these two stories that is hard to describe. DuMaurier is able to create a nearly timeless feel to her stories and both gave me the feeling of distant familiarity. I wondered if I had seen the movies so long ago that I couldn't remember anything at all specific, but yet had a vague sense of what would happen.

The story is about Philip and Ambrose
Loved it! This is very similar in style to Rebecca, so if you've read that and liked it, definitely try this. If you haven't read either, why not? If you're like me and thought they were frilly romance type girly books, then think again. Daphne du Maurier may have a pretty sounding name, but there's nothing pretty about her characters. I won't give a synopsis on what happens, as there are plenty of other reviews to choose from if you want a more detailed account. I'll just say that it's filled w ...more
Liliana Rio
Adorei o livro :D mesmo muito, talvez mais que Rebecca!!!
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I admit I don’t like reading in English….may be bcz I feel I cant get it right and the other reason is that I read books in arabic bcz I enjoy learning the language new expressions and great phrases or new methods

Anyway I decided to read in English and I looked for easy English novel so I found this novel….when I started reading it I was interested and it was super easy for me to understand

So I guess it was made for English baby readers like me hahahahaha
I was surprised to know it was very famo
when i finished this book, i gave it four stars & expected that to be the end of it.
it's four days later. today i was at the pool with one of my other books, & felt a strange void/longing that i couldn't immediately identify. then i realized the least time i was at the pool i was reading this book. i missed it. suddenly, the book i was reading became painfully inadequate, almost disgusting. it was like i had gone to bed with johnny depp & woken up next to rodney dangerfield. "ech,
Rebecca was the first of Du Maurier's books I read and I absolutely love and adore it. Then I read The King's General and found myself quickly drawn into the 17th century Cornish setting and the personal and political conflicts imposed on the Cornish protagonists by the English Civil War. I have never been particularly interested in that part of history but Du Maurier's story made it come alive.

Having now finished the third book in my quest to read more by the author, I am not sure: I'm not disa
Daphne du Maurier is growing on me. While quite not as good as Rebecca, My Cousin Rachel is as suspenseful and well plotted.

The book is written from the 1st person POV of Philip Ashley. Philip is a 25-year old heir to his beloved older cousin Ambrose, who for years have been substituting Philip's dead parents. Unexpectedly, on one of his doctor-advised trips to Italy, 43-year old Ambrose marries his (and Philip's) distant cousin Rachel. Soon after the wedding Philip starts receiving alarming le
One of du Maurier’s most popular novels, it nonetheless left me a bit irritated. Young Philip has been reared by his beloved cousin Ambrose, who, to Philip’s chagrin, ups and marries some widow while he’s spending the winter in Florence. He then stays in Florence to settle the widow’s “affairs”, gets sick, and dies. Imagine Philip’s surprise when the widow turns up in England and he find himself falling in love with her himself! Is she the innocent woman who nursed his failing, delusional uncle, ...more
E' sempre lei, Daphne Du Maurier:

che, appunto, quando si mette alla sua bella scrivania sforna storie come Rebecca e Mia cugina Rachele: con talento, conquistandosi l'attenzione del lettore con quel mistero di fondo che spinge a sondare, scavare tra i piccoli gesti dei suoi personaggi e i diversi colpi di scena che piazza strategicamente qua e là. S'intende: quest'ultimo letto non arriva ai livelli di Rebecca, ma si mantiene buono dall'inizio alla fine.
A differenza della storia di Rebecca, qui
Published in 1951, so three years before ‘Lucky Jim; and ten years after ‘Hangover Square’, this is nevertheless an incredibly old fashioned novel. Seemingly set in the Victorian age, Du Maurier makes no attempt to inform the history with mid-twentieth century ideas or morays, (indeed this is an incredibly chaste book even when measured against some Victorian fiction). Wilkie Collins is the obvious forefather, with the country house settings of ‘The Moonstone’ and ‘The Woman in White’ both recal ...more
My Cousin Rachel is often compared with Daphne du Maurier's most famous book, Rebecca, and although the two books are very different in many ways, I can see the reasons for the comparisons. The books share some common elements, including the estate in Cornwall (based on du Maurier's own home, Menabilly) and the mysterious, secretive woman, but the biggest resemblance is in the atmosphere the writing conveys. Daphne du Maurier is one of the most atmospheric writers I know of. Whether she's writin ...more
A great read by the classic author Daphne du Maurier. I loved her book Rebecca and this book is very much in the same style, full of suspense and brilliantly written. It's one of those books that you keep telling yourself "I will just read one more chapter" so much so that I read it in one sitting. Daphne du Maurier is so much more than just the author of the classic novel "Rebecca" and I intend to read more of her work later this year.
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If Daphne du Maurier had written only Rebecca, she would still be one of the great shapers of popular culture and the modern imagination. Few writers have created more magical and mysterious places than Jamaica Inn and Manderley, buildings invested with a rich character that gives them a memorable life of their own.

In many ways the life of Daphne du Maurier resembles that of a fairy tale. Born int
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