Jan 12, 2010
This is a story about a young man who has been raised by an older cousin to whom he is very closely attached (as this appears to be his only living relative). This is a household of men only, confirmed bachelors all, UNTIL the elder cousin (Ambrose ) suddenly, impulsively weds an Italian woman, Rachel. Before long, Ambrose is seriously ill and writing disturbing letters casting some suspicion on Rachel before his sudden death. Soon his young cousin is equally obsessed with Rachel and a very suspensful story follows. I did enjoy this book, as I do all by this author, but I did find Phillip a difficult character to be sympathetic to. He is young and quite foolish and a social moron. He seems self centered and inconsiderate of people who have been his lifelong friends, Louise in particular. Also, the end, while very good, was just a little too easy. Very good, but "Rebecca" and "The Scapegoat" are still my favorites.