The Scapegoat by Daphne Du Maurier (1957)

The Scapegoat Daphne Du Maurier 1956

From the 1957 Doubleday edition: A novel of mystery and suspense by Daphne du Maurier: “Someone jolted my elbow as I drank and said, ‘Je vous demande pardon,’ and as I moved to give him space he turned and stared at me and I at him, and I realized, with a strange sense of shock and fear and nausea all combined, that his face and voice were known to me too well. I was looking at myself.”

The Englishman and the Frenchman continue to inspect each other — astounded that they could look so alike and not have known of each other’s existence before this moment. The problems that each had considered so vital before that instant of uncanny recognition were forgotten as they began to talk …

It was not until the next day when he awoke that John, the Englishman, realized he had talked too much. His French companion was gone; John had been trapped into taking the place of the Comte de Gué, head of a large family — master of a château.

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Not since Rebecca has Daphne du Maurier written a novel so full of the sense of mounting excitement,  of a “wanting to know what is going to happen.”

Loaded with suspense and crackling wit, The Scapegoat has a double fascination: John’s manipulations to escape detection by the Comte’s large family, his servants, his mistresses; and his constant and frustrating attempts to discover that enigmatic evil that dominates all who live within the Château — without asking the questions that would give him away.

Beneath the surface of this immensely exciting plot, Miss du Maurier has filled her novel with human significance. The Scapegoat is eminently readable and profoundly moving —a reading adventure you will long remember.

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