Saturday, 10 December 2011

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier

This book was written by one of my favourite authors, Daphne Du Maurier (to see my post about one of her most famous books, Rebecca, click here).

My Cousin Rachel is another gripping read, again, a suspenseful romance about confused love and desire.

Philip Ashley, orphaned at a young age, was raised by his older cousin, Ambrose. Ambrose shows no interest in marriage and expects Philip to be the heir of his grand house in Cornwall (the vast majority of Du Maurier's novels are based in Cornwall as she lived her whole life there and loved the place).

However, when Ambrose departs to Florence after being recommended to by his doctor he suddenly falls in love and marries, a beautiful Italian woman - who has links back to Cornwall.

After receiving suspicious letters from Ambrose telling Philip to come to Italy urgently Philip leaves England. On getting to Florence he discoverers that his cousin has suddenly died and his wife had left Florence.

Not too long later Ambrose's widow - Rachel - comes to Cornwall. Philip hates her and is determined to make her pay for killing his cousin yet Rachel stays longer with him than expected and Philip ends up falling in love with her.

So was Ambrose's death merely due to illness? Was Rachel involved in it? Will Philip ever discover the truth and get the woman that he loves?

This is an excellent book and I would highly recommend reading it, although it is a romance it does lure the reader into a world of lies, death and uncertainty. I give this book a definite 9 out of 10!