on December 17th 2013
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Dark, Atmospheric, Brooding, Riveting,Gothic, Mysterious are all words to describe My Cousin Rachel.
This was picked by my book club years ago and quickly became a favorite of mine. I was hooked from the very first page and could not put this book down. It is not a page turner in the classic sense, but this book is a mystery and psychological thriller of sorts and it creeps up on you (or it did me!).
Philip Ashley’s older cousin, Ambrose (the man basically raised Philip) has died. Philip is crushed and suspicious about his cousin’s death. He and his cousin used to spend all of their time together. Bachelors who were happy to attend social outings without a female at their side. But then Ambrose starts becoming ill and decides to go to a warmer climate where he meets a young beautiful widow, named Rachel. Philip is shocked to learn that his cousin has married. Then receives word that his beloved cousin is dead. Philip is suspicious as his cousins last letters to him sounded strange – full of suspicions.
Enter Rachel. She arrives at Philip’s inherited home and makes herself at home. Is she the delicate flower he sees before him. Is her grief real? Did she share Philip’s love for Ambrose? Is she hiding a secret? Is she devious? Is she a liar? Is she pretending? Did she murder his cousin? Oh, the questions that are brought up for Philip!
This book is so good. I loved how the book feels dark, yet beautiful and opulent. The tension mounts
as this book progresses.