My Cousin Rachel

By Daphne Du Maurier,

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'Du Maurier is a storyteller whose sole aim is to bewitch and beguile' NEW YORK TIMES

'Du Maurier has no equal' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

' One of her best novels, ingeniously contrived as to plot, successfully realized as to characters' KIRKUS…

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2 authors picked My Cousin Rachel as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

I love gothic novels. As an impressionable and moody teenager visiting Cornwall I used to walk the cliffs alone in stormy weather imagining myself as a romantic heroine. 

Du Maurier’s best-known novel is Rebecca, but I loved My Cousin Rachel better, not least because its heroine shared my name. I say ‘heroine’, but actually, for much of the book we don’t know what to think of Rachel. She enters Philip Ashley’s life after the death of his older cousin and guardian Ambrose, and Philip discovers to his dismay that Ambrose has left all his property to his new wife…

I didn’t buy this book, it was left in my house (a former holiday let) as part of a random selection.

I’ll read anything if it’s left around me for long enough, but I loved this book, couldn’t put it down, and read it twice for extra clues. I didn’t realise Daphne du Maurier was one of the most popular authors of her era, but I can see why.
The story was so mysterious, and the ending is left open to speculation/interpretation. You’re never really certain who the villain is, or whether Rachel’s ending was justified.
I really enjoyed the…

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