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I started reading Daphne du Maurier just this year..a 2017 du Maurier newbie The first book I read was The Scapegoat , then Rebecca , then The Flight of the Falcon..and this morning I finished My Cousin Rachel My Cousin Rachel , is Daphne du Maurier s 3rd highest rated book Rebecca is rated as the 1 popular favorite followed by Jamaica Inn as the 2 most popular I won t be surprised with a new movie of My Cousin Rachel , soon, if this book takes the 2 popular spot soo I started reading Daphne du Maurier just this year..a 2017 du Maurier newbie The first book I read was The Scapegoat , then Rebecca , then The Flight of the Falcon..and this morning I finished My Cousin Rachel My Cousin Rachel , is Daphne du Maurier s 3rd highest rated book Rebecca is rated as the 1 popular favorite followed by Jamaica Inn as the 2 most popular I won t be surprised with a new movie of My Cousin Rachel , soon, if this book takes the 2 popular spot soon Regardless which Daphne du Maurier book one chooses to read the reader has NO QUESTION ABOUT THE AUTHORS TALENTS SHE CAN TELL A STORY LIKE NOBODIES BUSINESS Since there are 17,462 Ratings on Goodreads 1, 638 reviews with an overall rating of 3.9 on Goodreads rather than write another traditional review I m going to write a little letter to three characters in this story and one dog Dear Ambrose, I m sorry your life was cut short I m happy you experienced romantic soulful love.but again, I m sorry it was cut short I m sorry you suffered just before you died sounded like you were in excruciating pain physically and mentally What I m most sorry about though disappointed is the way in which you raised Philip I don t think you did him any service He idolized you was dependent on you emotionally spiritually mentally and even physically in ways You feed him your opinions and judgments about women which was basically they weren t needed in your lives Given the size of your estate and the many servants you hired it would have made sense if some of your employees were men and some women But you made sure that all servants in the house, including the Gardner we re all men How dare you project your views so rigidly upon this innocent boy You molded him his life not just sheltered it but actually spoon feed him your beliefs Shame on you for doing that After you died Philip didn t have a healthy sense of self He was left alone in the world a younger clone of you But that didn t even work did it As Philip begins to discover he might not have known you as well as he thought Well, Ambrose what is done is done Philip had to figure things out on his own which isn t SO BAD it s something we all must do, but in the best of all world s you might have done things a little different by him while he was in your care Bottom line Philip had some problems you must have foreseen these showing up sooner or later AND Philip loved you You loved him.Rest In Peace Ambrose Dear Philip, Oh, how I worried for you At times I adored you other times I wanted to scream at you WAKE UP Your life was so small you couldn t even see how much it had stifled you I did respect your authentic struggle between feeling jealous of Ambrose and Rachel s happiness in their new marriage and your guilt for having such feelings You were being real and honest with yourself facing what s so You weren t blaming anyone or lashing out negatively against anyone just because of your own negative feelings Philip you became mysterious to me once you turned 25 years old as if your birthday was THE LAUNCH you had been constructing preparing for your entire life I wasn t sure who you were any longer I not sure you knew either It looked like you were acting out impulsively to me in ways that perhaps Rachel might do..but I don t think so, Philip I actually don t think either you or Rachel ever acted impulsively I think you were both playing a master chess game I am sorry you lost Ambrose I m sorry you lost him the way you did I was sorry that you hurt I was very sorry for your loss of Don your doggie I found it somewhat interesting that right after Don died the first thought that ran through your mind was noticing that Rachel was caring for you for the first time perhapsthan Ambrose You seemed to deny your own feelings for your loss as Don, saying to Rachel, Don did not suffer I was thinking like hell If you had something fall on your head could you really say oh I didn t feel a thing You were so in chanted by Rachel at that moment, Philip, your dog who had been with you your entire life took a second seat What a fool you were I don t think you really meant to do any harm yet I thought you were a insensitive like a child..you were a little narcissistic about yourself And why You were woman starved your entire life I was hoping that he would just go f %k your brains out You needed time to catch up with growing yourself up.You certainly didn t need to even consider jumping into a marriage at age 25 as a virgin man It was your own fault if Rachel had you tied by her little finger NOTE for friends who have NOT read this book I HAVE GIVEN NO SPOILERS AWAY None Dear Rachel, Oh my dear woman aren t you the enchantress mischievous aren t you Bossy endearing Philip, Go to Bed How funny I did like that line you said a few times I was wondering why you didn t just say, come to my bed but I knew why really he would have.you were not that foolish You had better strategic moves, didn t you Oh and how you familiarize yourself with the estate and stories after stories about Philip from Ambrose Plotting were you You could seem so delicate The entire staff adored you.you were quite brilliant at being you You had me believing in your thriftlessness your unpolishedness But you were actually quite skilled and sophisticated You had a natural masterly authoritative way about yourself Tears included I m not sure I fault you though Philip and you both played a dangerous game with the hearts of love money and control Dear Don, I m sorry you died so suddenly You were 15 years old I loved when you snuggled near the fireplace with Philip Rest in peace, Don You were a treasure in this story The REAL WINNER.goes to Daphne du Maurier.she knows how to develop characters how to spin a story how to involve the readers A Oops we don t grade these books do we we rate them 5 stars Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend Du Maurier wields her audience like puppets, deftly stringing readers from truths to untruths in ways both delightful and maddening Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend Du Maurier wields her audience like puppets, deftly stringing readers from truths to untruths in ways both delightful and maddening My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier is a 1952 publication This version is the 2013 Little, Brown and Company publication A scathingly wicked masterpiece This book has a very heavy atmospheric quality that drew me in right from the start In fact, I was so transfixed, I put aside everything else and gave myself over to its allure Phillip Ashley was raised by his cousin, Ambrose, a confirmed bachelor They are content with their arrangement, and with Phillip s role as heir to Ambrose s legacy My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier is a 1952 publication This version is the 2013 Little, Brown and Company publication A scathingly wicked masterpiece This book has a very heavy atmospheric quality that drew me in right from the start In fact, I was so transfixed, I put aside everything else and gave myself over to its allure Phillip Ashley was raised by his cousin, Ambrose, a confirmed bachelor They are content with their arrangement, and with Phillip s role as heir to Ambrose s legacy However, Phillip s complacency is upended quite unexpectedly when Ambrose travels to Florence, meets our cousin, Rachel , a woman with a connection to their family, and immediately falls under her spell In a shockingly brief period of time, Ambrose goes from wedded bliss to death, leaving Phillip furious with Rachel, suspecting her of contributing to his cousin s demise in some way, shape, or form But, when Rachel shows up at his doorstep with Ambrose s belongings, Phillip too finds himself enchanted by Rachel and soon forgets all about his earlier jealousies and suspicions Until I have several books in my collection written by this author, but the only one I ve read is, Rebecca ,When this book began to recirculate due to a motion picture and a great library reads promo, my interest was highly piqued Finally, I managed to work it into my schedule, but I wish I had discovered this gem sooner This book has so many layers, yet it progresses slowly, adding sinister nuances, bit by bit, until I found myself helplessly trapped in the author s, oh so clever web before I knew what had happened, maybe a bit like Phillip, eh This book combines Gothic mystery, strong feminist undertones, psychological mind games, vanity, guilt, and suspicion, which nearly made me delirious with delight But, it also left me with a plethora of theories and speculations Is Rachel guilty or was it really Phillip Or was she Innocent Both Was Phillip just a pawn in Rachel s master plan Did Phillip needlessly destroy his life While I would ordinarily feel extreme frustration with an author for this open ended conclusion, in this case, it s exactly what makes this book a classic Written back in 1952, the book was a little ahead of its time, although some may have only taken it at face value Nevertheless, here we are in 2017, still talking about it, still pondering on its mysteries, analyzing, and theorizing about it, which is a testament to the author s talent and genius This book was practically tailor made for my reading tastes, so naturally, it gets five big stars I loved this story It reminded me so much of Rebecca, both have that gothic atmosphere, the bit of romance, the slow moving story that builds such tension, and the dimwitted main character I thought briefly this might even surpass Rebecca as my favorite, but how can you top Last night I dreamed I went to Manderley again Though not too shabby here with They used to hang men at Four Tunings in the old days.My Cousin Rachel tells the story of obsession Philip is a young gent, who is grievin I loved this story It reminded me so much of Rebecca, both have that gothic atmosphere, the bit of romance, the slow moving story that builds such tension, and the dimwitted main character I thought briefly this might even surpass Rebecca as my favorite, but how can you top Last night I dreamed I went to Manderley again Though not too shabby here with They used to hang men at Four Tunings in the old days.My Cousin Rachel tells the story of obsession Philip is a young gent, who is grieving over the loss of his cousin, who also raised him, Ambrose Ambrose was recently married to his cousin Rachel and became quite ill and died Now Rachel goes to Cornwall to return the belonging of Ambrose to Philip, and the two finally meet Oh there is jealousy, deceit, and such an obsession in this wonderful tale I don t want to tell any as to give anything away Just read this one and decide for yourself about cousin Rachel Is she evil or not I listened to this one via audio and the narrator was awesome Jonathan Pryce, the actor, adds so much to this story, building the tension evenas he reads this tale If you are a fan of audios, I highly suggest this one I loved every minute of this and the tension and suspense went right to the end A top read and top audio for the year, and a new book to add to my favorites and list of those I would enjoy a re read You don t have to be a lover of the gothic to love My Cousin Rachel First and foremost, this is scintillating, seductive storytelling by the author who brought us Rebecca I must say, while the plot of Rebecca iscomplex, boasting an ending that twists and surprises, I think I liked thisThe simplicity of My Cousin Rachel makes it a pleasure to read Such sly intimations, such lurking dread Quick synopsis Philip s cousin Ambrose, a long time woman hater, goes traveling and surprise You don t have to be a lover of the gothic to love My Cousin Rachel First and foremost, this is scintillating, seductive storytelling by the author who brought us Rebecca I must say, while the plot of Rebecca iscomplex, boasting an ending that twists and surprises, I think I liked thisThe simplicity of My Cousin Rachel makes it a pleasure to read Such sly intimations, such lurking dread Quick synopsis Philip s cousin Ambrose, a long time woman hater, goes traveling and surprises everyone by sending news that he s met and married a woman guess who Then he surprises everyone by dying Under questionable circumstances Soon after, Rachel turns up on Philip s doorstep Did she or didn t she She might have but she s so pretty The mystery is confounding.It s naughty too, with erotic elements that bring to mind to the sadly under read gothic treat Sweetheart, Sweetheart Don t even try to tell me your heart isn t palpitating when dear Philip, in a great manly gesture, bestows to Rachel his family jewels on the bed Oh, this is old fashioned jewel bestowing at its finest You ll turn those pages, gobble them up, because du Maurier is just that good The ambiguity she creates is Turn of the Screw good You ll change your mind about Rachel a dozen times before and after you ve reached the story s end With all this mental ping pong, you might not even notice you re reading a gothic novel, although it has all the classic tropes too the old and venerated estate, unreliable letters received after the sender has died, beautiful gardens, a long and mysterious seduction, the death of an animal.It seems to me Ms du Maurier is underrated as a writer Her prose is elegant Her story is addictive, and so well constructed, too She s smart and stylish, both Plus, don t forget, gothic as hell This was a buddy read with James Jay , author of Watching Glass Shatter, and I m so happy we read this I d rate it 4.5 just to distinguish it from Rebecca, which gets the full five.The book actually began a little slowly for me, and it felt almost discombobulated, as if DuMaurier were shuffling toward the storyline But then Rachel appears and everything clicks masterfully into gear DuMaurier expertly conjures a brooding, ambiguous atmosphere, and from the very beginning we wonder about this This was a buddy read with James Jay , author of Watching Glass Shatter, and I m so happy we read this I d rate it 4.5 just to distinguish it from Rebecca, which gets the full five.The book actually began a little slowly for me, and it felt almost discombobulated, as if DuMaurier were shuffling toward the storyline But then Rachel appears and everything clicks masterfully into gear DuMaurier expertly conjures a brooding, ambiguous atmosphere, and from the very beginning we wonder about this bewitching woman who seizes our narrator, young Philip, in the grip of her Italianate charm The fact that she may have been responsible for Philip s guardian s death is something he dismisses with the enthusiasm of the young, until.Plot summaries abound, and I won t add to them here The language of the book is utterly beguiling, those languid fluid sentences sweep us through the plot and make us take notice of all sorts of subtleties the cut of a dress, the gleam of an eye, the inflection of a voice, and of course the natural world in all its infinite variety The wind of the day before had blown itself up country, taking the rain with it, and at noon the sun had broken through and the sky was clear There was a salty brightness in the air, lending a zest to walking, and you could hear the running swell of the sea as it broke upon the rocks fringing the bay Once I got past the first few pages, I felt myself in the hands of an expert storyteller The plot moved through its gears with precision, and even when I knew or sensed what was coming, it was a sublime pleasure to see DuMaurier spin it out, taking her time, building suspense so perfectly Oddly enough, though, it was the very expert nature of the narrative that makes this book, for me, slightly less interesting than Rebecca Rebecca has always seemed to me almost Sui generis, and it enchanted me equally yet surprised meit seemedcomplex and difficult to pin down, a narrative of almost infinite slipperiness and ambiguity My Cousin Rachel, by contrast, is less layered andstraightforward, even though it has its own twists and turns and beautiful ambiguities Still, this is a book that will reside with me for some time and one that I ll no doubt return to, if only to see and admire how DuMaurier handles a certain aspect of plotting or character, how she masterfully drops her clues into the narrative stream, how she keeps the pages turning, knowing exactly when to slow down and admire a landscape, and when to speed us through This is a thoroughly pleasurable book, and one that I highly recommend My Cousin Rachel was published in 1951, and is a gripping story of suspense It very much recalls the feel and style of her earlier mystery novel Rebecca of 1938.The novel s narrator is Philip Ashley, a young man who had been orphaned at the early age of seven He was raised by his bachelor uncle Ambrose, the owner of a large country estate on the Cornish coast In the first chapter, we learn Philip s life story up to the age of 24 Ambrose had been a very unconventional guardian, teaching Ph My Cousin Rachel was published in 1951, and is a gripping story of suspense It very much recalls the feel and style of her earlier mystery novel Rebecca of 1938.The novel s narrator is Philip Ashley, a young man who had been orphaned at the early age of seven He was raised by his bachelor uncle Ambrose, the owner of a large country estate on the Cornish coast In the first chapter, we learn Philip s life story up to the age of 24 Ambrose had been a very unconventional guardian, teaching Philip his alphabet by using the initials of swear words, for instance, but Philip clearly idolised him As Philip grew up, they ran the estate together in an all male household, where Ambrose taught Philip to have nothing to do with women that they were arace apartAlthough Philip feels himself to be mature, the reader infers from the start that for much of the narrator s life he has been overprotected, and his experience very restricted The only women in his life have been slight acquaintances, whom he usually found laughable He does have one female friend, Louise Kendall, the daughter of his godfather, but he views her as young and immature.During this chapter, in which Philip shares his thoughts, it is clear that something has gone badly wrong There are frequent mysterious allusions Philip is clearly tormented by feelings of guilt towards someone he calls Rachel possibly the Rachel of the novel s titleNo one will ever guess the burden of blame I carry on my shoulders he says, nor will they know that every day, haunted still by doubt, I ask myself a question which I cannot answer Was Rachel innocent or guilty Maybe I shall learn that too, in purgatory The reader is intrigued to know whatever could have happened The narrator seems bent on mentally torturing himself with reminiscencesSome instinct should have warned her that to stay with me would bring destruction, not only to the phantom that she encountered, but finally, in the end, upon her tooHaving trapped us in her web of mystery and intrigue in the very first chapter, Daphne du Maurier proceeds to use her mastery and control of the narrative to entice us further in.She does this by slowing the novel right down Although Philip is speaking in flashback, his memories of the events he is recounting from chapter 2 onwards feel very much like the present The language is at times poetic the images lush and beautiful, especially the parts set in Italy view spoiler Ambrose although only 43 had had to spend the winters in a warmer climate because of his health His letters told Philip that while he was in Florence, he had fallen in love and married a cousin of theirs called Rachel, the widow of an Italian nobleman, Sangalletti Sangalletti had been killed in a duel, leaving her childless and in a precarious financial position They wanted to travel to England, but it would not be for a long time as there were many financial affairs to sort out Philip was devastated by this news, but also ashamed that he could not be pleased for Ambrose, while everyone else seemed delighted for the happy couple Ambrose s letters became increasingly sporadic, and unlike the carefree Ambrose of old When he did write he complained of the relentless sun, the stuffy atmosphere of the villa Sangalletti and terrible headaches Ambrose also said that a friend and advisor of Rachel s called Rainaldi had recommended that he see a different doctor, whom he referred to asa cut throat They are liars, the whole bunchHe said he could trust no oneShe watches me all the timeThis resolved Philip upon immediately dashing across to Italy to find out what was happening hide spoiler The reader too is firmly gripped in the author s clutches by now view spoiler We know Ambrose s father had a brain tumour we know Philip is an impressionable naive young man we know his jealousy of Ambrose s unknown new wife He constantly shifted between viewing her as as some kind of overbearing bossy dragon, or as a prissy feminine creature making unreasonable demands We have many possible scenarios in our minds, but nothing substantial.On Philip s arrival in Florence the tension is cranked up another notch when he discovers that Ambrose has died there in suspicious circumstances, and that Rachel has left The description of the countryside, the villa Sangalletti and the servants through Philip s eyes make it clear that he cannot understand how Ambrose could have ever been happy here Already we have the dichotomy Is Philip s view of the world impossibly sheltered, or has there been some sort of conspiracy Philip is badly shocked by the realisation that he will never see Ambrose again Is this colouring his views He calls on Rainaldi, who seems startled when he sees Philip, but quickly recovers himself and explains that Ambrose s condition had deteriorated quickly, with his behaviour becoming very strange and that this was because of pressure on his brain The reader knows this to be possible, as Philip s godfather, Nick Kendall, has explained that Ambrose s father had himself died of a brain tumour, having suffered terrible headaches beforehand Nevertheless, Philip feels intense dislike and mistrust for Rainaldi and hatred of the unknown Rachelthe shadowy hated figure of that woman I had never seen she had become a monster, larger than life itselfPhilip returns to Cornwall, to try to cope with the devastation of Ambrose s death Shortly afterwards his godfather receives a letter from Rainaldi The death certificate confirmed that Ambrose s cause of death was a brain tumour In addition, Ambrose had never changed his will in Rachel s favour so Philip is still heir to the estate He will inherit the estate and all the consequent duties in a few months, when he becomes 25 Again we have the jarring note Why did Ambrose not change his will Why is there no provision whatsoever for his widow During the next two weeks Philip builds up a mental image of the hated Rachel whom he blames for wrecking both their lives But then word comes to say that Rachel has arrived by boat at Plymouth Apparently she has all Ambrose s possessions with her and wants to return them to Philip It is impressed on Philip by his godfather that he must, however reluctantly, invite her to stay with him briefly The servant Seecombe pulls out all the stops to prepare the house for a female visitor, unearthing silver which Philip had never seen before and so on On the day Rachel is due to arrive, Philip goes out so that there will be no one to receive her He determines to do as little as possible for his visitor despite the servants excitement When Philip does eventually meet his cousin he is brusque to the point of rudeness, and tries hard to maintain a cold demeanour hide spoiler This part of the novel is lighthearted, providing some relief from all the previous tension The reader sees Philip s dilemma view spoiler Rachel is a quiet self contained character, not at all what he expected her to be She has a mischievous sense of humour, which deflects all Philip s bombast Her unpretentiousness and knowledge of the estate the lands, buildings and all the tenants unnerve Philip, and he begins to learn that she and Ambrose were very close Philip finds himself at ease with her all thoughts of anger, hatred and fear disappear very quickly The next day Philip shows Rachel around the estate and introduces her to the tenants in the surrounding farms She is instantly welcomed and liked by all, seeming to have a true empathy with people Philip is startled by this, especially when Seecombe refers to her asthe mistressand it is made clear both how much she is liked for herself, and also how everybody would have loved Ambrose to have brought his new wife to live on the estate It only takes a couple of days for Rachel to have completely destroyed any intentions Philip had to make her feel unwelcome On the contrary he now resents the fact that she was supposed to stay with the Kendalls, and seems to want to keep her all to himself The reader deduces that this impressionable young man is becoming besotted with this mysterious, older woman His friend Louise tells him that she is beautiful, but he claims on the contrary that she isthe most ordinary woman I have ever met And in contrast during the narrative he feels himselfblundering, tactless, unfeeling, oafish and illbred Rachel herself is portrayed very engagingly we do not doubt that she loved Ambrose and is grieving for him Rachel has brought many plants from Florence and she spends a lot of time working in the gardens with Tamlyn, the head gardener Evidently Rachel is an expert on plants and herbs and often provides advice on the use of herbal remedies to the staff in the house and the families in the nearby farmsWe are very old, and very wise, who come from Florence,she says Rachel becomes well loved by all, and Philip comments that she seems to know farabout many of the people than he has ever managed to learn in his entire life Louise, however sees her differentlyHow simple it must be,she says at one point,for a woman of the world like Mrs Ashley, to twist a young man like yourself around her fingerHer point of view may be consistent throughout the novel, but is it the correct one She is, after all, possibly in love with Philip and therefore jealous Rainaldi too is depicted as unreliable he isdisliked intenselyby the narrator But is Rainaldi s judgement sound We have glimpses of his own view of Rachel,the nature of her impulses has not always led her into happiness And what of Nick Kendall s view that There are some women good women very possibly, who through no fault of their own impel disaster hide spoiler The reader feels continually on edge reading this novel Daphne du Maurier is in total control, manipulating our loyalties In addition, one of the unusual and almost hypnotic elements of this novel is the changing moods created by the author The main character s feelings are constantly mirrored by the manner of describing the locations, and especially the weather When Philip is dreading the arrival of his visitor he goes walking in the wind and rain He gets wetnearly to the skinAgain after a violent disagreement we are again told that it is a cold, rainy day The wind is blowing and by the time he returns home he is chilled and wet view spoiler When he and Rachel are searching through Ambrose s boxes of belongings, hide spoilerThe rain was lashing at the windows of my old room, and a patch of damp had appeared on the ceiling The fire, which had not been lit since last winter, burnt with a false crackleAnd in the middle of this heightened tension, view spoiler Philip discovers another note from Ambroseit s a disease of course like kleptomania or some other malady, and has no doubt been handed down to her from her spendthrift father I dare not let her have command over my purse or I shall be ruined During another section, when Philip is in a sort of limbo, not understanding his own feelings for Rachel or whether they are truly reciprocated, hide spoiler Nature seems held in suspended animation in contemplative moodMy nights of vigil held a quality harder to bear There was a sort of beauty to them, cold and clear, that caught at the heart and made me start in wonder From my window the long lawns dipped to the meadows, and the meadows to the sea, and all of them were white with frost, and white too under the moon The trees that fringed the lawns were black and still suddenly from the hush and stillness I heard that high sharp bark of a vixen away in the distance in the open park and now the full moon toppled the trees and held the sky and nothing stirred on the lawns beneath my window here about me was a wealth of beauty that we might have sharedAlthough this passage is much shortened, the stillness is almost tangible the reader almost feels able to reach out and touch it.Later, when Philip feels that he has succeeded with an audacious plan to secure the future he desires most, herode home with a reckless feeling in my heart I would have sung aloud but I could not keep to a single tune The hedgerows were green, and the willows were in bud, and all the honeyed mass of golden gorse in bloom It was a day for folly and high fever And when Philip is again happy with anticipation,It was a night for walking I did not run, but for all that I achieved the beacon hill The moon, so nearly full, hovered, with swollen cheek, above the bay, and wore about his face the look of a wizard man who shared my secret there were the flickering lights of the little towns along the western coast, and our own harbour lights to the east as well I climbed down and laughing to myself at this folly most sublime plunged into the water Contrast this with an episode when he feels himself betrayed and cannot see a way to proceed,The bluster that should have been in February and March had come at last Gone was the mellow warmth of the past weeks, the smooth sea, and the sun Great clouds with dragging tails, black edged and filled with rain, came scudding from the west, and now and again with sudden bursting fury emptied themselves as hail The sea was a turmoil in the western bayAnd later,The clouds came lower than they had before, turning the mist, cloaking the trees on the opposite shore Threaded through the entire novel is the tension set up between the two main characters Daphne du Maurier is a master at ambiguity as well as suspense She holds her audience in thrall throughout, making the reader constantly sway between one theory and another, believing in one character and doubting another, only to have this turned on its head by a chance occurrence view spoiler A letter from Ambrose, found in an old overcoat by Sam Bate, the tenant of East Lodge, states,One thought possesses me, leaving me no peace Are they trying to poison meThis is discovered in the middle of the story, and is the longest letter found so far And a little later,She has done for me at last, Rachel my tormentBut who is being honest, who deceitful Has the pressure in Ambrose s brain made his hallucinations yet worse Is it true as he says thatMoney, God forgive me for saying so, is, at the present time, the only way to her heartLouise says of Rachel, near the end,She came to England, and to Cornwall, for a purpose, which she has now accomplishedhide spoiler Is anyone duplicitous or not Is anyone impossibly naive or anyone overly suspicious The author keeps the doubts and suspicion going right until the end of the novel So does the reader ever discover the answers Well now, that would be telling One sentence maybe sums it upOnly cold hard facts, twisted to distortionBut which ones Edit WARNING Only click to expose this spoiler if you have already read the novel view spoiler The ambiguous ending here is a favourite device of Daphne du Maurier In an interview from 1977, she was asked,In My Cousin Rachel, was Rachel good or eviland she replied,Lots of people have asked that and, to tell the truth, I don t know You see, I was Philip when I wrote the book When one is writing a novel in the first person, one must be that person Interesting, isn t it And you have it there from the horse s mouth hide spoiler Here are links to my reviews of Jamaica InnRebeccaThe House on the StrandThe Scapegoatand one play The Years Between Orphaned at an early age, Philip Ashley is raised by his benevolent older cousin, Ambrose Resolutely single, Ambrose delights in Philip as his heir, a man who will love his grand home as much as he does himself But the cosy world the two construct is shattered when Ambrose sets off on a trip to Florence There he falls in love and marries and there he dies suddenly Jealous of his marriage, racked by suspicion at the hints in Ambrose s letters, and grief stricken by his death, Philip prepares to meet his cousin s widow with hatred in his heart Despite himself, Philip is drawn to this beautiful, sophisticated, mysterious Rachel like a moth to the flame And yet might she have had a hand in Ambrose s death I have been struggling with this review a bit and I think I know why If you have Rebecca as a point of reference before you read this one, I think you may struggle to review this one, too If I did not have Rebecca, I would probably go with 4 to 4.5 stars for sure With Rebecca, it is still great, but 3.5 to 4 instead I am rounding up to 4 because it is still a very good book, just not Rebecca good While intense and mysterious, I found that the intensity and mystery plateaued early on in the b I have been struggling with this review a bit and I think I know why If you have Rebecca as a point of reference before you read this one, I think you may struggle to review this one, too If I did not have Rebecca, I would probably go with 4 to 4.5 stars for sure With Rebecca, it is still great, but 3.5 to 4 instead I am rounding up to 4 because it is still a very good book, just not Rebecca good While intense and mysterious, I found that the intensity and mystery plateaued early on in the book and kind of stayed there throughout Even getting into the final scenes in the book, everything just unfolded at the same level Now, this is just how it was for me Others may find the resolutionintriguing and high intensity than I did.Another thing about the plot and the mystery for me was that I don t really feel it developed all that much After the first third of the book I got the idea of what we as readers should be wondering about and that never really changed or grew du Maurier just kept piling ondetails about what was already going on and what had happened, and I was over here waiting for intricate and mind blowing twists or side journeys But, that didn t really happen.So far it seems I have focused on the negativeor at least what didn t work for me It is only right that I make sure to note that despite what I already mentioned, I did find the story to be interesting and I like du Maurier s writing very much As an overall experience, I am not sorry in the least that I gave it a try Again, I think it mainly comes down to trying to follow up Rebecca being a very big challenge She has done for me at last, Rachel my torment This line should be as well known asLast night I dreamt I went to Manderley againthis novel is every bit as good as Rebecca As a reader you twist and turn unable to decide view spoiler was Rachel innocent or guilty hide spoiler Today I m thinking view spoiler Rachel was a heartless gold digger who poisoned the two men hide spoiler Tomorrow I may think differently, but I know I will still find this book an amazShe has done for me at last, Rachel my torment This line should be as well known asLast night I dreamt I went to Manderley againthis novel is every bit as good as Rebecca As a reader you twist and turn unable to decide view spoiler was Rachel innocent or guilty hide spoiler Today I m thinking view spoiler Rachel was a heartless gold digger who poisoned the two men hide spoiler Tomorrow I may think differently, but I know I will still find this book an amazing work of fiction the best I have re read in quite some time.Can t wait for the release of the 2017 movie