My Cousin Rachel

My Cousin Rachel

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 01/05/2003
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My Cousin Rachel
Du Maurier At Her Best
From the opening lines of this dark, gripping tale (and they are a fantastic set of opening lines) right up to the final page, you will be utterly and comp... READ MORE
Bryan Whelan at Dublin Jervis Centre
My Cousin Rachel
Atmospheric and enthralling.
A story of romance and destruction, 'My Cousin Rachel' is arguably just as good as the more famous 'Rebecca'. The plot is centred around the mysterious wom... READ MORE
Lucy at Oxford

Synopsis

I remembered that morning, when she cried, she had rested he head against my heart. I had put my arms about her, for a moment, and laid my face against her hair. I wanted it to happen again.
You always feel that we’re on the verge of a Daphne du Maurier renaissance. Known of course for *[Rebecca](https://www.waterstones.com/book/rebecca/daphne-du-maurier/sally-beauman/9781844080380)* and [*Jamaica Inn*](https://www.waterstones.com/book/jamaica-inn/daphne-du-maurier/sarah-dunant/9781844080397) – largely regarded, and sometimes overlooked, as ‘classics’- du Maurier was far more a properly contemporary novelist, equipped with a tremendously dark imagination: this was, after all, the writer who penned the terrifying short tale [*Don’t Look Now*](https://www.waterstones.com/book/dont-look-now-and-other-stories/daphne-du-maurier/susan-hill/9780141188379).
Like many Du Maurier stories, *My Cousin Rachel* has been the source of multiple adaptations for film, television and radio and now lives again in the cinema, directed by *Notting Hill* stalwart Roger Michell and starring Rachel Weisz as the eponymous Rachel.
The novel – available both as a [tie-in edition](https://www.waterstones.com/book/my-cousin-rachel/daphne-du-maurier/roger-michell/9780349009858) to the new film and the more usual standard edition – charts the story of young Philip, heir-in-waiting to his cousin Ambrose’s sprawling Cornish estate. Ambrose, however, is fated to perish, and in his place stands his widow, the darkly enigmatic Rachel. Philip – the dedicated bachelor – suddenly finds his heart lost to this beautiful newcomer. But is Rachel all that she seems?
Passion and paranoia conspire to create a deliciously twisting tale of secrets and lies, with Philip pitched headlong between lust and reason. Towering above it all is Daphne Du Maurier’s creation of Rachel, one of fiction’s great enigmas, the author always one step ahead of our suspicions and sympathies. *My Cousin Rachel* is masterful stuff from one of our very great writers of the modern thriller, ‘with an ending,’ as Justine Picardie noted in the *Telegraph*, ‘that continues to haunt and trouble its readers.’

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 9781844080403
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Weight: 275g
  • Dimensions: 204 x 124 x 28 mm

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My Cousin Rachel
Dark and full of intrigue
Another book that I would not have picked up normally, but was book of the month for a book club. It is probably the nearest to a classic that I have ever ... READ MORE
Half Man Half Book
My Cousin Rachel
Superb !!!!!!!!!!!!
A great book with flare maintained throughout. Du Maurier delivers once again with a marvelous book, highly recomended.
izzy
My Cousin Rachel
So well-written
I couldn't decide whether I trusted Rachel or not, even at the very end. She had me guessing right through. She certainly made me question her purpose espe... READ MORE
Bunty