MY COUSIN RACHELDU MAURIER, DAPHNE Book Number: 86163 Product format: Paperback
First published in 1951 this is the 20th Century Fox film TV tie-in paperback edition of this dark, complex and brooding story. Rachel is rather sinister and we never really know if she is an angel or a devil in a novel shrouded in ambiguity. Where is it set? Exactly where? How old is she? How did the protagonist's parents die? Why have all the mothers in the book been consigned to the grave or the absurd? Why is Ambrose a woman-hater? What really went on in Italy and with whom? Rachel is part poisoner, part prisoner, far more alive than those around her. Daphne du Maurier spins a dark gothic tale of passion and unswerving love. Rachel, a woman of exquisite beauty, descends on the great Cornwall estate of Philip Ashley. Despite his aroused suspicions, she soon enchants him and must decide whether the glorious Rachel, the recent mysterious widow of his beloved cousin, is out to destroy him, or is the innocent victim of devious men with a tremendous longing to be loved. His fate and his future lie in the answer to this deadly question. A classic story of mystery. 391pp, paperback.
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