My Cousin Rachel
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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)[ she is absolutely, positively 100% guilty, guilty, guilty!!!...more
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 ...more
My Cousin Rachel tells the story of obsession. Philip is a young gent, who is grievin ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
“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.”
& this novel is every bit as good as Rebecca. As a reader you twist and turn unable to decide. (view spoiler)[was Rachel innocent or guilty (hide spoiler)]
Today I'm thinking (view spoiler)[ Rachel was a heartless gold digger who poisoned the two men (hide spoiler)] Tomorrow I may think differently, but I know I will still find this book an amazing work o ...more
★★★ 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....more
Jealous of his marr
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.
(view spoiler)[¿Lo hizo? Supongo que nunca lo sabré, aunque no soy amiga de las casualidades. Y si Philip se hubiese guiado por sus instintos, quizás tampoco lo sería. ¿Rachel mató a sus ex maridos? ¿Su adicción al dinero y el despilfarro la hicier ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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 ...more
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In many ways the life of Daphne du Maurier resembles a fairy tale. Born into a fami ...more