The Wife Upstairs
by Rachel Hawkins
About the Book:
A delicious twist on a Gothic classic, The Wife Upstairs pairs Southern charm with atmospheric domestic suspense, perfect for fans of B.A. Paris and Megan Miranda.
Meet Jane. Newly arrived to Birmingham, Alabama, Jane is a broke dog-walker in Thornfield Estates––a gated community full of McMansions, shiny SUVs, and bored housewives. The kind of place where no one will notice if Jane lifts the discarded tchotchkes and jewelry off the side tables of her well-heeled clients. Where no one will think to ask if Jane is her real name.
But her luck changes when she meets Eddie Rochester. Recently widowed, Eddie is Thornfield Estates’ most mysterious resident. His wife, Bea, drowned in a boating accident with her best friend, their bodies lost to the deep. Jane can’t help but see an opportunity in Eddie––not only is he rich, brooding, and handsome, he could also offer her the kind of protection she’s always yearned for.
Yet as Jane and Eddie fall for each other, Jane is increasingly haunted by the legend of Bea, an ambitious beauty with a rags-to-riches origin story, who launched a wildly successful southern lifestyle brand. How can she, plain Jane, ever measure up? And can she win Eddie’s heart before her past––or his––catches up to her?
With delicious suspense, incisive wit, and a fresh, feminist sensibility, The Wife Upstairs flips the script on a timeless tale of forbidden romance, ill-advised attraction, and a wife who just won’t stay buried. In this vivid reimagining of one of literature’s most twisted love triangles, which Mrs. Rochester will get her happy ending?
What a delicious, twisty suspense!
I was intrigued when I saw it was a reimagining of Jane Eyre. I was also a bit nervous too….Jane Eyre is one of my all-time reads. Not all twists on classics are good things, but this one was! It had it all…secrets, lies, and betrayals. All the ingredients that make suspense so good!
Jane has a past that she wants to not just overcome but escape. She sees her opportunity in Eddie Rochester. He is newly widowed after his wife drowned a year before with her best friend, even though their bodies were never found. He could give her the things she has always dreamed of. What she doesn’t expect is that Eddie has secrets of his own that might just be more dangerous than she could imagine.
I enjoyed the way Hawkins wrote the storyline. She keeps you guessing, and I wasn’t quite sure who the enemy was. Of course, I was expecting a twist as it is based on Jane Eyre. However, I didn’t expect the twist she actually gave me! WOW!!!!
If you are looking for characters that you are just going to love, don’t go looking for them in this book. You won’t get them! However, who is to say, you can’t love a good book with characters you don’t like? Rachel Hawkins taught me that you could! She still gave me characters that were full of depth and complexities!
If you have a chance, you should also listen to the book. I did both, and the narrators did a phenomenal job of pulling you right into the story!
Hawkins has already proven herself as a great YA author, and I’m glad to say that I think she has a bright future writing adult books as well!!!!!
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Rachel Hawkins is the author of Rebel Belle and the New York Times bestselling series Hex Hall. Born in Virginia and raised in Alabama, Rachel taught high school English for three years before becoming a full-time writer.
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