Book of the month – Daphne Du Maurier’s My cousin Rachel

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As the world of adulthood gets busier and busier as the days go on, taking time to read a good book sometimes goes out of the window. Therefore, as an incentive to ensure that I am consistently reading, I have decided to introduce a book of the month series! I know that book posts are a bit of a hit and miss on this blog but it is truly is one of my greatest passions and that is something I want to share. So to kick start this series, today I will be giving the low down on a novel from one of my favourite authors; My cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier.

Daphne Du Maurier is one of my all time favourite authors, especially when it comes to 19th century literature. From the first page I opened of Frenchman’s creek all the way to the world of Rebecca, I have been in love with her work. I have to admit, living in Cornwall for three years, made reading her novels a heck of a lot easier as I could relate to her Cornish seaside settings. Her work often falls into the tradition of 19th century gothic/crime writing and My cousin Rachel is no exception! In brief the novel tells the story of a young man who falls in love with his cousin’s widow however eventually suspicion and jealousy leads him to believe she is not so innocent in the death of his relative. As the plot line thickens, Du Maurier keeps the reader second guessing Rachel’s innocence and leaves you in total uncertainty.

I think what I loved most about this novel was Du Maurier’s technique of keeping the reader hooked. I think the pace of any novel is key when it comes to keeping the readers attention. Too slow and the book becomes boring but too fast and the reader becomes lost and confused. I personally found that the pace of this novel was perfect as the parts that needed slowing down for attention to detail were and the filler parts were sped up just enough that you didn’t loose focus.

This was a truly gripping novel the entire way through. I have to admit the ending wasn’t my personal favourite but I appreciate the dramatic effect that Du Maurier was going for. As a result of the ending, I would say that this novel falls into two genres; a tragic romance and the gothic.

All in all, if you are after a good page turner this autumn then I would 100% recommend this novel and any other of Du Maurier’s work. She was a truly remarkable author!

 

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