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My Cousin Rachel

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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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Published January 1st 1951 by Gollancz
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Carol
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)

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Elyse
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started reading Daphne du Maurier just this year.....a 2017 *du Maurier* newbie!
The first book I read was "The Scapegoat", then "Rebecca", then "The Flight of the Falcon".....and this morning I finished "My Cousin Rachel".

"My Cousin Rachel", is Daphne du Maurier's 3rd highest rated book.
"Rebecca" is rated as the #1 popular favorite-- followed by "Jamaica Inn" as the #2 most popular.

I won't be surprised with a new movie of "My Cousin Rachel", soon, if this book takes the #2 popular spot soo
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Marita
Philip Ashley, the narrator of this story, reminds me of a big, sulkily pouting baby who is always ready to throw his toys out of the cot. Tall and good looking he might be, but he is thoroughly unlikeable. He is self-centred, peevish and jealous. And Philip is naïve and foolish. ‘Mine, mine mine’ is the order of the day. Even when he gives handsomely it is for an ulterior motive. He frequently behaves boorishly, and he has a cavalier attitude towards his childhood friend, Louise. When he forget ...more
PorshaJo
I loved this story! It reminded me so much of Rebecca, both have that gothic atmosphere, the bit of romance, the slow moving story that builds such tension, and the dimwitted main character. I thought briefly this might even surpass Rebecca as my favorite, but how can you top 'Last night I dreamed I went to Manderley again'? Though not too shabby here with 'They used to hang men at Four Tunings in the old days'.

My Cousin Rachel tells the story of obsession. Philip is a young gent, who is grievin
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Julie
My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier is a 1952 publication. This version is the 2013 Little, Brown and Company publication.

A scathingly wicked masterpiece-

This book has a very heavy atmospheric quality that drew me in right from the start. In fact, I was so transfixed, I put aside everything else and gave myself over to its allure.

Phillip Ashley was raised by his cousin, Ambrose, a confirmed bachelor. They are content with their arrangement, and with Phillip’s role as heir to Ambrose’s legacy
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Jean
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
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Carol ♔Type, Oh Queen!♕
“She has done for me at last, Rachel my torment”


This line should be as well known as

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”


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& this novel is every bit as good as Rebecca. As a reader you twist and turn unable to decide. (view spoiler)

Today I'm thinking (view spoiler) Tomorrow I may think differently, but I know I will still find this book an amazing work o
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Iris P
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers who love mysteries novels, gothic novels
My Cousin Rachel

★★★ 3 Stars


If you haven't read this novel yet here's a short synopsis from the book blurb:
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 cozy 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.
Jealous of his marr
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Diane Barnes
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, did Daphne du Maurier ever know how to tell a story! I read "Rebecca" a couple of years ago, more to fill in a gap in my reading history than for any other reason, but it was a riveting gothic suspense novel, and worthy of it's classic status. I bought "My Cousin Rachel" at the same used book sale, and just now got around to it. My word, I think it's even better. It combines a naive and arrogant young man with a worldly "cousin", who had been married to his uncle for a short time, until his ...more
María
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rachel, mi tormento...

Si me pidiesen que hablase sobre la ambigüedad, este libro sería un pilar fundamental. La compleja relación entre Philip y Rachel, el ritmo, la atmósfera asfixiante y la tisana; hacen de este libro algo fascinante y perturbador.
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Dem
Feb 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars

Having loved Rebecca I wanted to read another novel by Daphne Du Maurier and My Cousin Rachel was next on my list and delighted to say that it doesn't disappoint and has a certain , je ne sais quoi about it that had me intrigued.

Written in 1951 this novel is a mystey-romance style novel that is as compelling today as it was back 65 years ago.

Anbrose and Philip run a country estate on the Cornish coast and live a harmonious bachelor lifestyle in an all male household. Ambrose develops
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Marilyn C.
"She has done for me at last, Rachel my torment"

The question that you will be asking yourself when you finish this book "Did she...or didn't she?"

My Cousin Rachel was my first book by Daphne du Maurier and I thought it was brilliant! Written over 75 years ago, this story has such a timeless feel to it. The way du Maurier slowly builds the suspense and mystery was masterful, layer upon layer right up until those final shocking chapters. The characters of the mysterious Rachel and the spoiled an
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Misfit
Oct 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kim
Nov 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
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Teresa
Jul 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5

Rebecca is on a booklist that my real-life reading buddy and I are using as inspiration. I felt no desire to reread Rebecca, so we decided on this because I’ve been seeing it ‘everywhere’. I didn’t realize ‘everyone’ has been reading it because of a new film version. The novel is ripe for filmic interpretation—and not only because Du Maurier writes cinematically, with rich descriptions of lights, shadows and close-ups. I haven’t seen any of the movies based on the book, yet I can imagine the
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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
Enchantress  debbicat ☮
Incredibly good! Full review to follow. Going on my top 10 list today. Wow!!!

My Review: (May 30, 2017)
This is now my favorite Daphne book so far. It does come quite close to Rebecca, which was my fave DM. book until this one. Like Rebecca, it is a mystery-romance and first published in 1951. I read this as a buddy read and enjoyed the discussion, which likely enhanced my reading pleasure. I can hardly wait to see the movie June 9, 2017. A little wiki note I found interesting is that the story ha
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Phrynne
My first reading of this book and unfortunately I did not like it as much as I like Jamaica Inn and Rebecca. I found it to be much too long drawn out and I was never able to become attached to either Philip or Rachel. Consequently I was indifferent to the eventual outcome, not being worried about what happened to either of them.
I was intrigued by the ending though. It is left totally to the reader to decide whether Rachel did it or not, an unusual way of concluding a book!
Obviously the book is
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Bam
"There are some women, good women very possibly, who through no fault of their own impel disaster. Whatever they touch somehow turns to tragedy." Rachel, it seems, is one of those women.

Set in England in the early nineteenth century, My Cousin Rachel is a master work of gothic romantic mystery. Young Philip Ashley has been raised by his cousin Ambrose since infancy. Their household is entirely free of female influence--not even a cook or maid is there to intrude on their days of peaceful manly p
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Natalie Richards
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-book
I finally finished! Life just kept getting in the way of my precious reading time. This book is sheer perfection from the gorgeous writing to the slow, almost unbearable building of tension. I`m left with questions and unusually for me, as someone who likes all the ends tied up, I really don`t mind! I loved it. ...more
Daniel Balici
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
My Cousin Rachel is the third novel written by Daphne du Maurier which I chose to read following my experiences of reading Jamaica Inn and Rebecca about three years ago. One thing I truly appreciate about this author is her outstanding ability to combine romance with mystery in a beautifully written literary work. In My Cousin Rachel the mystery derives from the complicated eponymous female character Du Maurier masterfully crafted. It lingers from beginning to end. I have constantly doubted Rach ...more
Jennifer
My Cousin Rachel is a mystery/psychological thriller novel written in 1951 by Daphne du Maurier. It's dark, mysterious, suspenseful, psychological, snarky, funny, and will likely leave you with lingering confliction about what all has transpired. This is not a who-done-it per se, but rather a story about whether there was a crime committed in the first place. This character-driven plot has plenty of reason for suspicion, along with an ending that left me jaw-dropped, but outside of the entertain ...more
Duane
My like for this novel was muted because of my dislike for Philip Ashley, the young protagonist. He was an immature 24 year old with a perceived arrogance, a sense of entitlement, and a jealous streak to top it off. Granted, his isolated upbringing contributed to this, but still it was a little tiring after 350 pages.

Rachel, the novel's namesake and the center of attention for young Philip, has her share of faults as well which helped drive Philip to distraction. The famous movie line, "What we
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Nastassja

Actual rating: 3.5 stars

How soft and gentle her name sounds when I whisper it. It lingers on the tongue, insidious and slow, almost like poison, which is apt indeed. It passes from the tongue to the parched lips, and from the lips back to the heart. And the heart controls the body, and the mind also. Shall I be free of it one day? In forty, in fifty years? Or will some lingering trace of matter in the brain stay pallid and diseased? Some minuscule cell in the bloodstream fail to race with its fe

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Gabrielle
4 and a half stars.

Daphne Du Maurier had an incredible gift for writing an atmospheric, brooding tale! Reading "My Cousin Rachel" feels like reading on a balcony while big, menacing clouds gather nearby: you can tell the storm is coming, and you know it's going to be a nasty one, but the clouds just sit there, waiting and getting bigger as you turn the pages. It's a wonderfully chilling reading experience!

Philip was raised by his older cousin Ambrose, a man with set bachelor ways and an eccentri
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Tudor Vlad
My Cousin Rachel is a mystery book that actually manages to keep its mystery hidden from start to finish without resorting to cheap tricks in order to fool the reader by giving him false or misleading pieces of information only to shock him later when the truth is revealed. No, the answer to the mystery is left on to the reader, there isn’t a clear answer because the book wants the reader to create their own idea of who Cousin Rachel is and what her intentions are. This is what kept the book gri ...more
Sarah Mac
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)

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MaryannC.Book Fiend
Wow! Is all I can say about this book! I have no idea why I didn't pick this up sooner but it earns a place in my Favorites category, a classic not to be missed. Recommended!
HebatAllah Hassan
Many would disagree with me for saying this, but I liked this book far more than I did "Rebecca". I could understand and communicate with Phillip more than Mrs.De Winter. Besides, he is not as pathetic as she is in certain parts. I liked its way of narration; the protagonist, Phillip, thinking aloud all the way through the novel. It is lovely, especially the ending of it; it leaves the reader craving for more; I mean you can't help asking whether Philip let her die because he really suspects her ...more
Connie
Daphne du Maurier is a wonder at weaving tales of psychological suspense featuring charming women with manipulative, dark hearts. I loved reading "Rebecca", and now "My Cousin Rachel". When Ambrose Ashley dies under questionable circumstances, his widow Rachel visits Philip Ashley, the young heir of Ambrose's large estate. Although Philip has suspicions about Ambrose's death, he is soon infatuated with Rachel. He's so enchanted by the beautiful widow that he ignores all the warning signs that sh ...more
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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.

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