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Daphne du Maurier was born in London in 1907, the second daughter of a famous stage actor and actress. Her first novel was published in 1931, but it was her 1938 novel Rebecca which made her one of the most successful writers of her time. Alfred Hitchcock's adaptation of the book won the Best Picture Oscar in 1940, and he used her material again for his classic The Birds. In 1969, Du Maurier was created a Dame of the British Empire. At the age of 81, Du Maurier died at home in her beloved Cornwall, the region that had been the setting for many of her books.
Du Maurier was a very popular writer during her lifetime, but after she cashed in her chips in 1989, many of her books have gone out of print. This 1951 story is told by young protagonist Philip Ashley, who is cast together with Rachel, his uncle's widow, whom he comes to suspect might have played a role in the man's demise. Is Philip next? Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
"IF YOU HAVE NOT HEARD, read this thing." - Books I Done Read "[I]t is hard to put this story down." - Bookloons.com "[D]efinitely entertaining and suspenseful." - We Be Reading "In 1951, du Maurier released "My Cousin Rachel" and this one is, thus far in our du Maurier reading journey, A Reader's Respite's favorite... another Sourcebook's reprint and boy, are we thankful." - A Reader's Respite "I enjoyed reading "My Cousin Rachel". It was intriguing and suspenseful." - Cindy's Love of Books "A classic manor mystery in the tradition of the Bronte sisters with a modern psychological twist, My Cousin Rachel is a fine introduction to the sort of refined madness that defines Daphne du Maurier's work. " - Hipster Book Club "My Cousin Rachel is a captivating Gothic story that pulses with emotion and dark undercurrents; you don't want to miss it!" - Book Review by Bobbie "Filled with gothic suspense this novel will no doubt have you wondering too as to what are Rachel's real motivations and what will happen to the main characters. I throughly enjoyed this book and the characters." - The Book Girl's Nightstand "This is a great read that you won't want to miss if you enjoy gothic mysteries!" - S. Krishna's Books "The gothic atmosphere combined with the mystery of who Rachel really is, kept this reader enthralled and turning the pages quickly. " - Passages to the Past "I absolutely loved and enjoyed this novel from start to finish... She is just that good." - The Literate Housewife "I enjoyed reading My Cousin Rachel. It was intriguing and suspenseful." - Cindy's Love of Books "The excellent world-building and use of symbolism created a brooding, mysterious atmosphere." - Genre Reviews "In 1951, du Maurier released My Cousin Rachel and this one is, thus far in our du Maurier reading journey, A Reader's Respite's favorite... another Sourcebook's reprint and boy, are we thankful." - A Reader's Respite "[D]efinitely entertaining and suspenseful." - We Be Reading "[I]t is hard to put this story down." - Bookloons.com "Do you have books that as soon as you finished reading them, you were sorry the story ended?... My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier was such a book for me." - Reading Extravaganza " I think it's safe to say that I was haunted by this Gothic Tale long after I finished the book. Grade A." - Musings of a Bibliophile "A taut, well, written story that will no doubt grab you attention and not let it go until the very last page. " - A Lovely Shore Breeze "IF YOU HAVE NOT HEARD, read this thing." - Books I Done Read