‘Someday, somehow, I would repay my cousin Rachel.’
I honestly do not know where to begin with a short paragraph about this novel, please read my full review here if you have time. The plot of the novel is that Philip Ashley lost his parents at a young age and so was raised by Ambrose Ashley. The two are very close and through building a kind of bachelor life together have become very similar in ideals and even looks. Then one winter, Ambrose goes to Italy to get away from the bad weather. There he meets Rachel, gets married and suddenly dies. Of course, Philip is devastated and vows to repay Rachel, believing her to have played a part. Yet when she arrives in England, Philip becomes drawn to this mysterious woman and everything begins to change. There is so much mystery in this novel and I loved it. With Philip as a narrator it becomes impossible to tell who you can trust when there seems to be manipulation and lies all around. This is another novel that I was keen to read due to a film adaptation being released in June 2017. I have seen a lot of people on Instagram reading this book recently, and it seems to be very popular. If you like a book that has you gripped with intrigue, you will love this one.
My Cousin Rachel – Daphne Du Maurier, first published in 1951 by Victor Gollancz Ltd, first published by Virago Press in 2003 but reprinted many times, RRP £8.99, ISBN 978-1-84408-040-3