Friday, April 19, 2013

April Book Club -- My Cousin Rachel

My Cousin RachelMy Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier
My enjoyment rating: 4 of 5 stars
My book hangover rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source:  Personal copy
Genre:  Classic fiction; mystery
Objectionable material: None
April Book Club choice
My Cousin Rachel…the original Gone Girl.

Rachel Ashley has buried 2 husbands…now she is after the wealth and trinkets of her deceased husband’s cousin…or is she?

Daphne du Maurier does what no other author can do – keep you guessing until the very last word.

She creates tension, doubt, atmosphere, and character tone that changes instantly.

More than once I wanted to vocally scream at the page – “Philip Ashley – are you crazy? What are you doing?” How many authors have the literary power to evoke such audible emotions?

This was a psychological thriller, with the beauty of a Cornish estate. Or possibly…Gone Girl meets Downton Abbey.

Final word of caution…be wary of your house guests and their tea.
May Book Club choice:
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald


Amy said...

I have been wanting to read this book! I read "Rebecca" last year and LOVED it. I actually checked out "My Cousin, Rachel" from the library a few months ago but didn't get a chance to read it before it had to go back. Someday soon though!

Anonymous said...

Dude, this book made me crazy! I couldn't put it down, when I finally finished it I felt so disgusted. While I liked it better than some of Du Maurier's other works, it still didn't hold a candle to Rebecca in my mind. And I read it 3 years ago, and reading your blog post about it brought it rushing back in my memory. Thats the sign of a good author right there.