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The Monster She Wrote Podcast

Aug 8, 2023

Phillip has lived with his guardian Ambrose Ashley on Ambrose’s manor in the English countryside since Philip was a child and his parents’ death left him orphaned. Philip’s idyllic life is upturned, however, when Ambrose leaves for Italy, where he meets a mysterious woman named Rachel and swiftly marries her. Things take a dark turn when Ambrose dies suddenly–leaving letters behind that suggest perhaps Rachel was to blame. Following the tragedy, Rachel travels to the manor house, where she further turns Philip’s life upside down. But the question remains: is Rachel a scheming villain or an innocent widow? In this episode, we’re discussing Daphne Du Maurier’s My Cousin Rachel (1951).


Recommended in this episode: The Righteous Gemstones


UP NEXT: My Cousin Rachel (the 2017 film adaptation)


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