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My Cousin Rachel

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  35,261 ratings  ·  3,854 reviews
I threw the piece of paper on the fire. She saw it burn...

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 come to love his grand house as much as he does himself. But the cosy world the two have constructed is shattered when Ambrose sets off on a trip to
Paperback, 335 pages
Published May 1st 2003 by Virago (first published 1951)
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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)

Elyse  Walters
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
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
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
Hannah Greendale
Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.

Du Maurier wields her audience like puppets, deftly stringing readers from truths to untruths in ways both delightful and maddening.

Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gothic
This was a buddy-read with James (Jay), author of Watching Glass Shatter, and I'm so happy we read this. I'd rate it 4.5* just to distinguish it from Rebecca, which gets the full five.

The book actually began a little slowly for me, and it felt almost discombobulated, as if DuMaurier were shuffling toward the storyline. But then Rachel appears and everything clicks masterfully into gear. DuMaurier expertly conjures a brooding, ambiguous atmosphere, and from the very beginning we wonder about this
Bionic 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
I have been struggling with this review a bit and I think I know why. If you have Rebecca as a point of reference before you read this one, I think you may struggle to review this one, too. If I did not have Rebecca, I would probably go with 4 to 4.5 stars for sure. With Rebecca, it is still great, but 3.5 to 4 instead. I am rounding up to 4 because it is still a very good book, just not Rebecca good!

While intense and mysterious, I found that the intensity and mystery plateaued early on in the
Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂
“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)

Today I'm thinking (view spoiler) Tomorrow I may think differently, but I know I will still find this book an amazing work
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why This Book
After reading Rebecca several years ago, I placed My Cousin Rachel, another of Daphne du Maurier's famed novels, on my To Be Read (TBR) shelf. Earlier this year, a Goodreads buddy, Michael, and I were chatting about various books when we decided to do a buddy read together, selecting this wonderful Gothic edition. We were both interested to see if it lived up to the hype and how it compared to the author's other words. We agreed on early March and got to it this week. I've only
“Ambrose had been so right when he used to say that women were a race apart.
. . .
This, I thought to myself, is another trick of women, to throw a Jest in the air that left a sting behind it.
. . .
That was the infuriating thing about a woman. Always the last word. Leaving one to grapple with ill-temper, and she herself serene. A woman, it seemed, was never in the wrong. Or if she was, she twisted the fault to her advantage, making it seem otherwise.”

Ambrose Ashley was the confirmed bachelor who
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
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kobo
Was Rachel innocent or guilty? Maybe I shall learn that too, in purgatory.

I haven't been reading a lot lately because of exams, report cards, and all those June responsibilities that create tired teachers. Also I recently "discovered " Sense8 on Netflix. But My Cousin Rachel was the kind of book that once opened is impossible to put down.

My Cousin Rachel is narrated by 24 year old Philip Ashley. Raised by an older cousin, Ambrose, Philip has lived the lifestyle of the rich and famous. All
“There are some women, Philip, good women very possibly, who through no fault of their own impel disaster. Whatever they touch, somehow turns to tragedy.”
― Daphne du Maurier, My Cousin Rachel

Did she? didn't she? It's driving me crazy!


I got lost in this book. I just read it recently. I liked it better then Rebecca.

I will not list the plot because most people already know. The thing I want to talk about is how amazing the book is. And how I was almost driven crazy by the ending.

I had
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
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read Daphne Du Maurier's book "Rebecca" and fell in love with it. I read online that "My Cousin Rachel" had a similar feel as "Rebecca". So I decided this was the one to buy. I didn't think it would live up to Rebecca, but I was mistaken. It has the same dark, mysterious atmosphere to it, the same kind of wonderfully developed characters and a great storyline that captivated me from beginning to end.

I read somewhere that the Kindle version which I read, was shorter than the original version.
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
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
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
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
4.5/5. This was definitely a highlight of my reading year so far! It's a rather slow, but quietly unsettling story of distrust, obsession and ambiguity. Most of the story is set on a large country estate on the Cornish coast and I loved the descriptions of the landscape and atmosphere. Plus, the way du Maurier manages to play with and twist the reader's loyalties is absolutely incredible. Highly recommend this one!
Nov 15, 2011 rated it really liked it

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
Wow, did Daphne Du Maurier know how to tell a story! This was such a tremendously well-written piece of literature, and I feel pretty disappointed to have finished it. Although, I did buy Jamaica Inn today, so I can continue with my Du Maurier fix.
After reading Rebecca, I just had to buy myself more Du Maurier books. Rebecca completely blew my mind. It was stunning, and I'll probably reread it again in the future. My Cousin Rachel, was a slow burner, everything happened with no sudden haste,
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Ooooo she a schemer! And he stupid.
Seriously Phillip is a true gentleman who really couldn't help falling for his cousin Rachel who was married Ambrose, from whom Phillip inherited when Ambrose died (fishy). But Rachel ooooo she's a bit too perfect if you ask me. And that friend of hers from Italy. He just needs to be kicked back to his country. He gives her bad ideas. They feed off of each other.
This is another awesome de Maurier read. Much better than
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 ...more
Rachel Aranda
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, audiobooks
4.5 to 5 stars
Gosh am I spent from this story. This was a ride and I enjoyed it tremendously!

I've jumped on board the "Daphne du Maurier is a queen" train after reading this book. It has been such a long time since I fell so hardcore into a book's atmosphere and plot. This is definitely my top read of the month. Wouldn’t be surprised if it was a finalist for my top reads of the year either. Can’t believe I waited 2 years of owning this audiobook to listen to it, but better late than never.

Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
I don’t...

Ok so I recently read (and loved) Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier & so imagine my excitement to read another gothic romance/thriller she wrote. I had such high hopes for this, especially given the number of people who I’ve seen consider this somehow better than Rebecca.

I’ll be honest here. 1 Star, that’s kind of an extreme rating. But giving it a 2 Stars or even a 1.5 Stars just doesn’t feel like it genuinely represents how bad of a time I had while reading this. I’m struggling to
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
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 ...more
debbicat ☮~Traveling Sister
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
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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 a fairy tale. Born into a
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“He was like someone sleeping who woke suddenly and found the world...all the beauty of it, and the sadness too. The hunger and the thirst. Everything he had never thought about or known was there before him, and magnified into one person who by chance, or fate--call it what you will--happened to be me.” 56 likes
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