Book Review: My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier



Orphaned at an early age, Philip Ashley is raised by his benevolent cousin, Ambrose. Resolutely single, Ambrose delights in making Philip his heir, knowing he will treasure his beautiful Cornish estate. But Philip’s world is shattered when Ambrose sets off on a trip to Florence. There he falls in love and marries – and then dies suddenly in suspicious circumstances.

Before long, the new widow – Philip’s cousin Rachel – arrives in England. Despite himself, Philip is drawn to this beautiful, mysterious woman. But could she have masterminded Ambrose’s death?

Rating: 4 stars

My Review:

Femme Fatale or Feminist? What is Rachel for you? This is what I continually thought of Rachel when u read this hauntingly beautiful suspenseful book by the brilliant storyteller Daphne Du Maurier.
A chilling tale of romance and somewhat of revenge, this book enthralls you with its multiple twists and turns throughout. The book circles around the very sheltered young man, Philip and his cousin, Rachel who also happens to be his uncle’s widow. He is to say the very least confused by his emotions for Rachel – should he be blaming her for his uncle’s death or should he let himself get swept away by her irresistible womanly charms.
The book has its series of turns in the plot making you wonder what’s gonna happen at the end and believe me when I say you won’t be disappointed. Du Maurier has crafted very beautiful yet dark characters in the 3 central characters of the plot – Rachel, Philip, and Ambrose. One cannot but help to admire her adroit storytelling and the artfully mysterious character sketches.
What I especially loved about the book is how your perception of a person is bound to change many times through the plot and you do not hate it at all. You love every bloody bit and can’t stop reading it at all.
So go ahead and get that book if you haven’t already! It deserves more than just a read!


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