The Classics Club ~ My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier


I have read Rebecca several times. It is one of my favorite classics, so, I was looking forward to reading, My Cousin Rachel when I placed it on my list of classics to read.

To be honest, I didn’t like the book. I thought the story was anti-climatic, predictable and tedious. From the beginning, I didn’t trust Rachel and I knew, for the most part, how this was going to play out in the end. I think it is a mystery, but it wasn’t a mystery to me because I saw through Rachel from the start.

Phillip Ashley was orphaned at a young age and raised by his interesting older cousin, and a confirmed bachelor, Ambrose. All is well until Ambrose travels to Florence, where he falls in love and marries Rachel. Shortly after the marriage, Ambrose becomes ill and dies. Ambrose’s widow travels to England and arrives at his estate.

Phillip is a likable character but naΓ―ve and unaware of Rachel’s cunning abilities. He welcomes Rachel and allows her to remain at the estate as long as she chooses, not realizing . . .

And, Rinaldi put me in mind of an oily snake.

Have you read My Cousin Rachel or Rebecca? What are your thoughts?

Happy Reading!

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