Orphaned at an early age, Philip Ashley is raised by his benevolent cousin, Ambrose. Resolutely single, Ambrose delights in making Philip his heir, knowing he will treasure his beautiful Cornish estate. But Philip's world is shattered when Ambrose sets off on a trip to Florence. There he falls in love and marries - and then dies suddenly in suspicious circumstances.
Before long, the new widow - Philip's cousin Rachel - arrives in England. Despite himself, Philip is drawn to this beautiful, mysterious woman. But could she have masterminded Ambrose's death?
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We got completely absorbed into Daphne du Maurier’s gothic thriller, which is now a Hollywood film starring Rachel Weisz. Set on a large 19th-century Cornish coastal estate, this dark novel of poison and deceit centres around whether the enigmatic Rachel Ashley has killed her husband, Ambrose, in cold blood. Ambrose’s cousin, Philip, is determined to unravel this thorny plot; we delighted in sifting through red herrings, fragmented letters and suspicious eyewitness accounts at his side. Du Maurier’s sharp satirisation of male dominance makes this novel feel as relevant as it is suspenseful.