Daphne du Maurier's classic novel of lust, suspicion, and obsession--now a major motion picture starring Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin.
Orphaned at an early age, Philip Ashley is raised by his benevolent older cousin, Ambrose. Resolutely single, Ambrose delights in Philip as his heir, and Philip grows to love Ambrose's grand estate as much as he does. But the cozy world the two construct is shattered when Ambrose sets off on a trip to Florence. There he falls in love and marries a mysterious distant cousin named Rachel--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. But when she arrives at the estate, Rachel seems to be a different woman from the one described in Ambrose's letters. Beautiful, sophisticated, and magnetic, Philip cannot help but feel drawn to Rachel. And yet, questions still linger: might she have had a hand in Ambrose's death? And how, exactly, did Ambrose die? As Philip pursues the answers to these questions, he realizes that his own fate could hang in the balance.
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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 centers 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 satirization of male dominance makes this novel feel as relevant as it is suspenseful.
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Read the Foreword last!!!
I waited to read the Foreword, as I always do, until I finished the work. So glad I did. It contains so many spoilers that I can't believe that any but the most brainless publisher would give it to us at the beginning. It lets the air out of the novel almost completely. I could have done without it entirely, but as an Afterword, it would do no serious damage, at least.
Loved this book. It kept you guessing the whole time. No unanswered questions like other mysteries. Sexy but without any sex scenes. Great ending. Can't wait for the movie.