My Cousin Rachel

March 1, 2013 // Filed under Uncategorized


Saturday Samplers, Bernardsville Library’s book group, will attempt to crack the perplexing puzzle inherent in Daphne du Maurier’s suspense novel, My Cousin Rachel, when the group meets Saturday, March 2nd, at 3:30 p.m.  Best known for her novel Rebecca, British author Daphne du Maurier also excelled at short fiction.  Her wonderful short stories, The Birds and Don’t Look Now, were made into motion pictures, as were many of her books.  

Conflicting points of view and misunderstandings abound in her stories, and My Cousin Rachel is replete with these devices.  Told by a narrator whose volatile thoughts and emotions quickly become apparent, My Cousin Rachel forces the reader to pay close attention to detail and innuendo throughout the story.  Was Rachel a greedy intruder from a foreign country with murderous designs on a young, impressionable Englishman?  The answer to this question varies with each reader, and that is the beauty of My Cousin Rachel.  For more information about the book group, please link here.

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