My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier

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Oh no, unpopular opinion time. To be honest, I didn’t like My Cousin Rachel. It took me forever to read it and I found the writing style to be overly detailed (I like simple!). With over 25,000 ratings on Goodreads, with an average rating of 3.9, I’m clearly in the minority.

My Cousin Rachel was first published in 1951 by Daphne du Maurier. Daphne du Maurier is most famous for her best selling novel, Rebecca, which I highly recommend! Since I enjoyed Rebecca so much, I wanted to her more of her novels and My Cousin Rachel seemed to be her second most popular novel.

High level summary – Philip Ashley was raised by his cousin Ambrose. Ambrose goes off to the south one winter and ends up marrying their cousin Rachel. After about a year of marriage, Ambrose gets sick and later dies. Cousin Rachel ends up visiting Philip after Ambrose’s death and instead of hating Rachel, Philip falls for her. However, in the back of his mind is always did Rachel kill Ambrose?

I didn’t like Philip. I didn’t like Rachel. I found myself getting bored and just wanting to know who was responsible for Ambrose’s death. Was it Rachel? Is she now going to kill Philip? Is Philip to blame?

I’m glad I finished the book, but the ending still leaves a lot of questions unanswered. I still recommend Rebecca, but unfortunately not My Cousin Rachel.

2 calculators out of a possible 5. Just not a fan, but the novel did have qualities that had me wanted to stick it out.



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