The Wife Upstairs

The Wife Upstairs

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?

Title:The Wife Upstairs
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781250245496
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    The Wife Upstairs Reviews

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    Get ready for absolutely thrilling, explosive, smart, modern retelling of Jane Eyre! Jawless, nailless, colorless: side effects of reading something jaw dropping, shocking, head spinning, extremely tw...

  • Dita

    HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY!A battered and country-fried retelling of Jane Eyre set in Alabama? Yes please!This book has more secrets and surprises than my 21 year old's closet and I was turning pages compu...

  • MarilynW

    The Wife Upstairs, by Rachel Hawkins, has so many delicious parallels to the old classic, Jane Eyre, but it has its own twists and turns, too. A book full of unlikeable people, which usually means I h...

  • Cindy

    A quick and easy read if you want a thriller fix. I found much of the story to be very predictable though, and even the new twists the author added were easy to guess, because I was already familiar w...

  • karen

    NOW AVAILABLE!!!"My Jane," he says, his voice low and rough, and I swallow hard, nothing feigned now, no illusion."I'm not yours," I manage to say. "I'm free as a fucking bird."now, this is a jane eyr...

  • Dita

    A battered and country-fried retelling of Jane Eyre set in Alabama? Yes please!This book has more secrets and surprises than my 21 year old's closet. I was turning pages compulsively the last half of ...

  • Debra

    4.5 starsTalk about a fun book with plenty of pleasing twists and turns!Jane is a down on her luck, dog walker in the gated community of Thornfield estates. She enjoys walking the dogs there and imagi...

  • Dorie  - Cats&Books :)

    ***HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY, DON'T MISS THIS ONE***I heard all of the mention about comparing to this to Jane Eyre which I read so long ago I can’t remember it well. I decided just to read and review ...

  • megs_bookrack

    **4.5-stars**Channeling the naturally-gothic atmosphere of the American South, The Wife Upstairs puts a decidedly modern twist on the beloved classic, Jane Eyre.Jane Bell is new to Alabama. Living on ...

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    Oh man, y'all. This book has been at the tip top of my most anticipated list from the moment that I heard that it is modern-gothic-mystery retelling of Jane Eyre. I wanted SO BADLY to love it, but ult...