This is my favourite of Du Maurier’s books.
Quiet and unassuming in style this eerie gothic mystery is set sometime in the 19th century and told from the point of view Philip Ashley.
Philip is the beloved heir of Ambrose who travel to Italy to recover from illness. Suddenly Ambrose , a confirmed bachelor, sends news that he has fallen in loved and married but before Ambrose can return home he dies in mysterious circumstances.
Soon his widow Rachel comes to stay and the house and Philip though terribly suspicious also becomes attracted, almost against his will, to Ambrose’s widow.
There are hints and clues, suspicions and vague explanations but Philip and Rachel dance around the question as to whether Rachel was somehow involved in Ambrose’s death.
Even after the tragic conclusion neither Philip nor the reader is certain of the truth.