Philip soon learns through letters sent by Ambrose that they have married. Soon, the letters cease to happy and speak of illness and treachery. Philip is alarmed and rushes to Florence. Alas, he is too late. His cousin has died and he suspects Rachel poisoned him. He returns home to find that Rachel has asked to visit him to return Ambrose's things. He is quite prepared to have a showdown with her.
He does not reckon with meeting a beautiful, sad widow. Philip begins to doubt his suspicions about Rachel. She seems like a kind, charming person who just wants to do good deeds for people. But there are some reminders of the past that make him doubtful once more.
Daphne Du Maurier gripping story has our interest right at the start and keeps us turning pages. The story has been told from the point of view of Philip Ashley who is a callow youth smitten by his cousin's widow. The reader is also left wondering about the innocence of the enigmatic Rachel, and the fate she meets.
This has been made into a film starring Richard Burton and Olivia de Havilland. Usually, Hollywood likes to distort the original story in its film adaptations. I do not think this story can be distorted much. I am in the process of the watching the film and will write about it on my film blog soon.