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
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    The Wife Upstairs Reviews

  • Dita has the 'rona!

    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 compulsively the last half ...

  • 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 has the 'rona!

    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 ...

  • marilyn

    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...

  • Susanne  Strong

    Twisty & Turny and Utterly Compelling!.Meet Jane: An Arizona transplant who is new to Birmingham, Alabama. Jane is looking to make ends meet by being a dog walker in what appears to be the sleepy litt...

  • Kaceey

    The moment I saw that the leading character was named JANE, I knew I was all in! Jane is running hard from her past in Arizona. Ultimately landing in Alabama, scraping by taking jobs as a dog-walker i...

  • karen

    "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 eyre i can get behi...

  • Dorie  - Cats&Books :)

    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 this book on it’s own merit with no comparisons...

  • Jayme

    "It is the absolute shittiest day for a walk."Rain has been pouring down all morning. But, there are dogs that need to be walked in the wealthy Thornfield Estates subdivision, and Jane has signed on t...

  • Michael David

    Wow...this was a good one that definitely exceeded my expectations! Jane is a new arrival in Alabama. She’s broke, and lives with a roommate in a dump of a town. She ends up dog-walking for the elit...