My cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier
Daphne Du Maurier is one of my favourite classic authors, and she has some of the best opening lines I’ve read.
I’ve mentioned before that the opening line of Rebecca is one of my all time favourites: “Last night, I dreamed I went to Manderley again”.
My Cousin Rachel is another vintage Gothic romance from Du Maurier set in the beautiful Cornish countryside with another powerful opening line: “They used to hang men at Four Turnings in the old days”.
This dark story tells of naive young Englishman Phillip who plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin Rachel, in the belief that she has murdered his guardian, Ambrose, who is also his cousin. With very little experience of the guile’s and wiles of women, things get a little blurred when Phillip starts falling hard for Rachel.
The opening line is as far as I’ve delved so far – I can’t decide whether to see the movie or read the book first! There’s already a rave review of this title on bookcoasters that you can read, and I’ll add my opinion once I’ve both read and watched this one!
I’ve set this book for the Elanora Library Open Book Club on Thursday July 27th at 11.30am , so grab yourself a copy off our Hot Reads stand and come on down!
Since writing the above I have seen the movie and read most of the book. It was an interesting perspective seeing the movie when I had read only half of the book. In the movie you are lead to make one conclusion, and I think in the book the conclusion is ambiguous and left to your own discretion.
Both the movie and the book are fabulous. Du Maurier’s Cornwall is very different to the one we see in Poldark – her Cornwall, while beautiful, is dark, damp, and menacing and so is the story. I highly recommend both!