The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was an interesting twist on the Jane Eyre storyline! I really liked that this was a contemporary timeline, and I enjoyed the addition of the rich neighborhood, not a secluded mansion.

Jane is the dog-walker for a rich neighborhood. This area is full of women with nothing better to do than sit around and gossip about everyone else. When Jane bumps into Eddie, the two hit it off, and Jane becomes a kept woman, trying to fit in with these suburban housewives. As the mysterious accident of Eddie’s previous wife and friend turns into a murder, Jane begins to suspect that she is in more danger than she can handle.

I liked Jane’s personality in this one. She’s sneaky and has a ton of secrets she’s trying to balance. I loved the way she handles situations, and I found her to be conniving and quite observant. Everything about her worked really well in this story!

The plot was a solid thriller storyline. It was interesting, and had some twists and turns that kept me intrigued. I found it to be somewhat predictable, but I still enjoyed it!

I listened to the audio version of this book, and I thought it was really well-done. There are multiple narrators, which created a great story! The narrator for Jane did an excellent job. She had a great cadence and her inflection and emotion while reading was perfect.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one. It was a fun twist on a classic story, and I didn’t want to put it down!

To Read or Not To Read:

I would recommend The Wife Upstairs to readers that enjoy a light murder mystery with lovable characters.

Where to Find This Book:

The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins publishes on January 5, 2021, and is available at these sites.

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A delicious twist on a Gothic classic, Rachel Hawkins’s 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?

Just the Facts:

The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins
Genre: Thriller
Page Count: 304 
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Pub Date: January 5, 2021


I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily..

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