Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Wife Upstairs” as Want to Read:
The Wife Upstairs
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Wife Upstairs

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  90,844 ratings  ·  10,585 reviews
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 he
Hardcover, 290 pages
Published January 5th 2021 by St. Martin's Press
More Details... Edit Details

Win a Copy of This Book

  • The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins
    The Wife Upstairs

    Release date: Nov 02, 2021
    Enter for your chance to win a finished copy of The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins!

    Format: Print book

    Giveaway ends in: a

    Availability: 10 copies available, 16790 people requesting

    Giveaway dates: Oct 18 - Oct 25, 2021

    Countries available: U.S.

  • Friend Reviews

    To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

    Reader Q&A

    To ask other readers questions about The Wife Upstairs, please sign up.
    Popular Answered Questions
    Rebecca I love Jane Eyre and rate The Wife Upstairs 3 1/2 stars. It's not quite a Jane Eyre re-telling, more of a twisty mystery where the characters are base…moreI love Jane Eyre and rate The Wife Upstairs 3 1/2 stars. It's not quite a Jane Eyre re-telling, more of a twisty mystery where the characters are based on Jane Eyre. As a Jane Eyre fan I got sucked in right at the beginning, recognizing references and character names. If you know JE, then it's like being winked at for the first few chapters. If you don't know JE, but enjoy mystery, then I think you will still appreciate the story.(less)
    Liatris Cottam I enjoyed how distant it was from Jane Eyre - having read Jane Eyre I feel this book is different enough that it was just fun, not insulting or failin…moreI enjoyed how distant it was from Jane Eyre - having read Jane Eyre I feel this book is different enough that it was just fun, not insulting or failing to fill the shoes. Understanding that the author felt that Jane Eyre could have done better than settle for Rochester made me really like the ending. (less)

    Community Reviews

    Showing 1-30
    Average rating 3.77  · 
    Rating details
     ·  90,844 ratings  ·  10,585 reviews

    More filters
    Sort order
    Start your review of The Wife Upstairs
    Nilufer Ozmekik
    Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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 twisty and ultra smart!

    Oh boy, this book is a product of an evil genius and it’s the most dangerous glue you can ever imagine : you cannot put it down and after you read the final page, it is already in your head and never let you go! You keep thinking about the evil characters and their dark back st
    Dec 30, 2020 rated it liked it
    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 with the original Jane Eyre story. I wish the book had taken a bigger leap to be more surprising and engrossing.
    Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
    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 have a hard time enjoying the book, but in this case, everyone deserves each other and I kept wanting to see what was going to happen next. I couldn't help feeling I'd been here before but really, it was all new and intriguing, wondering what was real and what was for show, when the other shoe was go ...more
    Miranda Reads
    Apr 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing

    100 days into 2021 and 100 books have been read. Check out my latest BookTube Video to see which ones are my fave!
    The Written Review

    Thornfield Estates - a gated community chock full of the ultra-rich - and Jane has finally gotten a dog-walker.

    But it doesn't matter, at least Jane has a steady job and place to work her magic...and in walks Eddie Rochester.

    He owns a gorgeous house, he is smart and funny and (most importantly), his wife died in a boating accident, thus allowing Jane t
    4.5 stars
    I want to save my thoughts for the live show at the end of this month but aksjhdkahsdkjhas this book was so fun and I flew through it in less than 24 hours
    Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: arcs-read

    Channeling the naturally-gothic atmosphere of the American South, The Wife Upstairs puts a modern twist on the beloved Classic, Jane Eyre.

    Jane Bell is new to Alabama. Living on the outskirts of the posh Thornfield Estates neighborhood, she initially works in a coffee shop, but then takes up dog-walking for the wealthy families within Thornfield.

    She begins to learns the ins-and-outs of their upper-class world, envying their lifestyles and occasionally taking a little bit of it for he
    daph pink ♡
    "I hear the car before I see it, but even then, I don't move, and later, I'd look back at that moment and wonder if I somehow knew what was going to happen. If everything in my life had been leading me to that one spot, to that one house. To him."

    3*this was predictable because I have read too many domestic thrillers*stars

    I am harder on thrillers and suspense than I used to be when it comes to rating them. I want to be blown away or taken down a dark and terrifying path, not quite to horror,
    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 ultimately I kinda feel like it was just okay? It wasn't a terrible book, but throughout the entire story I kept finding myself wishing that it would do more, or go a little bit further and it ultimately just never really hit the notes that I was hoping it would hit. I will say, if you do decide to rea ...more
    Melissa ~ Bantering Books
    Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Be sure to visit Bantering Books to read all my latest reviews.

    Never have I longed to read Jane Eyre as much as I do at this very moment.

    It’s not that I haven’t ever wanted to read it. It’s more that I haven’t ever wanted to read it enough. Enough to where I would actually pick the novel up and turn to the first page.

    But now, The Wife Upstairs, Rachel Hawkins’ fresh reimagining of Charlotte Brontë’s gothic tale, has instilled a yearning inside of me to do just that. Actively, I am planning and
    Mar 03, 2021 rated it liked it
    Hmm, I think the wires might have gotten crossed for me.

    The Wife Upstairs is advertised as a thriller, a modern-day take on Jane Eyre, admittedly with more secrets, lots of twists, and obviously some murderous results. But instead, I found the story to be cheerful and laugh-out-loud funny rather than suspenseful and thrilling.

    For most of the book, I felt like I was reading a romantic comedy as Jane and Eddie got to know each other. It was light and fluffy (though potty-mouthed), without any ten

    "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 behind. you may groan and growl, with your do we really need another retelling of Jane Eyre?

    and i say YES!

    it’s a breezy adaptation, set amongst alabama's idle rich, whose gossipy tongues start wagging once the help—their neighborhood's plain-jane dogwalker—catches the eye of the recentl
    Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: netgalley
    4.5 stars

    Talk 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 imagining what it might be like to live there. Her luck changes when she meets Eddie Rochester, a man whose wife, Bea drowned in a boating accident along with her best friend Blanche. When they fall for each other, Jane no longer must imagine what it might be like to live there. To have a nice home and n
    Kim ~ It’s time to get spooky
    Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: botm
    OMG 😳 This is my kind of thriller! Just like that my top 10 of the year books have a new addition. Add this one to the list! I absolutely loved this book. From the very first page to the very last this was a 5 star read for me the entire way.

    Thornfield Estates is all about keeping up with your neighbors...literally. When one neighbor gets a dog walker, well they all HAVE to have a dog walker too. Why on earth do all these "ladies of leisure" need a dog walker?

    Meet the dog walker...Jane...she i
    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.

    Jane has left behind a secret in Arizona and has now taken the only job that she could find in this town in Alabama. She starts walking dogs for the wealthy inhabitants of Thornfield Estates. Jane doesn’t mind the dogs but hates the inhabitants of these mini-mansions, although she not so secretly wants
    Abby Gould
    Oct 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
    I was gonna give this 2 stars for entertainment value, but then I got to “Reader, I fucked him” and it broke me.
    Jan 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Ahhhh.... this book!! I feel so conflicted over what to rate it and how to review it!

    I kinda wanna give it two stars because the plot holes are SO HUGE that parts of the story seemed ridiculous.
    (view spoiler)
    Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    "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 to be the dogwalker to the wealthy wives who will pretend to care that they are sorry that this must be done on this cold and stormy day in mid February...

    But as luck will have it, Jane is about to meet Eddie Rochester, recently widowed when his wife, Bea, drowned in a boating accident with her best
    Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley, buddy-read
    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 in an exclusive neighborhood. Lost in daydreams while walking past her favorite home on the block, she’s nearly run over by the homeowner, Eddie.
    Well that’s one way to meet a man. High marks for originality, young lady!

    Soon enough, Jane and Eddie are inseparable! But there’s always the looming quest
    I read this book twice once July 2020 (Kindle e-copy) 4 stars and December 2020 (listening to the audiobook) 5 stars.

    This is a mystery thriller. I was pulled into this book so quickly, and I had to keep reading to find out how it end. I did guess some of the things that was happening in this book, but I did not see the ending happening how it did. I really think the characters where developed, and I hated and loved the characters which is what you want from a thriller. I can see people either l
    Susanne  Strong
    Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: netgalley, buddy-read
    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 little subdivision of Thornfield Estates.

    Thornfield Estates however has a “Stepford” vibe - gorgeous, perfect housewives, beautiful expensive homes with everyone following a simple easy routine, and enjoying the quintessential life.

    Or so it seems.

    Little does Jane know that the residents of Thornfield
    Did you hear that noise? 🤔

    Shortest Summary Ever: Jane is a down-and-out steals-from-her-clients dog walker one day, and the girlfriend of Eddie Rochester, rich bachelor of Thornfield Estates the next. Ah, but there’s a dead wife Bea and her best friend Blanche whose collective demise is haunting the relationship. Everyone in the gossip circle is still buzzing. Thrust into a Real Housewives universe, is Jane ready for what that entails? Is Eddie everything he seems?

    Thoughts: A pretty liberal tw
    Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
    2 stars. Completely missed its mark for me.

    I couldn’t resist requesting this book when I read the countless raving reviews. Unfortunately, this didn’t live up to the hype on any level. Not one part of the storyline or characters lives felt real to me. The plot and characters bordered on cheesy and felt forced and fake. I didn’t buy into anything that was happening. Within the first few pages I knew I wasn’t clicking with the writing and perhaps I should have called it quits but the hype kept me
    Michael David
    Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

    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 elite in a beautiful gated community. On one of her walks, she meets Eddie. He’s a recently widowed man whose wife, along with her best friend, drowned during a “girls weekend”. Their bodies were never discovered. Jane and Eddie fall in love. As their romance quickly escalates, Jane
    Sheyla ✎
    Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Eddie is safe. Thornfield Estates is safe. You’re safe now.

    You know when you have a character that is not a nice one but regardless of the way she thinks about people and how she uses them, you are still (grudgingly) rooting for her? Well, that was Jane for me.

    The setting: a southern town in Alabama, Thornfield Estates. A place that is full of mansions, with perfectly manicured lawns and where the women are in shape, wearing too much jewelry and scheduling their next Neighborhood Beautificat
    Dr. Appu Sasidharan

    (Throwback Review) Rachel Hawkins requires a special appreciation for showing the courage to set the Gothic classic Jane Eyre as a domestic thriller in modern Alabama. The plot is set in Birmingham, Alabama. Jane is a broke dog-walker who is desperate to carve a better future. One day when she meets Eddie Rochester, she becomes happy that her life is, at last, taking a turn which she always yearned to have.

    Eddie is a recently widowed billionaire from Thornfield Estates who is enigmatic to t
    Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Here’s something you should know about The Wife Upstairs and then quickly forget. It’s a modern twist on Jane Eyre.

    Why forget it? Because these are not Bronte’s characters, and this is not her story. Consider her classic the spark that lights the fuse of this 2021 thriller, and then just sit back and enjoy the fireworks.

    The Wife Upstairs is the exact opposite of whatever a slow-burn novel is. The action never drags and almost moves so quickly that it flies fairly close to insta-love territory.
    Nov 10, 2020 rated it liked it
    Shelves: netgalley
    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
    Chelsea Humphrey
    "I hear the car before I see it, but even then, I don't move, and later, I'd look back at that moment and wonder if I somehow knew what was going to happen. If everything in my life had been leading me to that one spot, to that one house. To him."

    Well, I think this is one that falls under the "I've read too many thrillers so this didn't hit it's full potential for me" column. The challenge with taking a classic novel and recreating it as a modern thriller is that a) readers of the classic alread
    Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2020
    5 Perfect Twist Stars

    My stars this was one delicious surprise! Set in a wealthy Birmingham, Alabama suburb, we first meet Jane when she heads out for her dog walking job in the rain. I just loved her snarky character and how she checks out all her clients easy to steal jewelry when she goes in to get their dogs. She’s trying to scrape by, and we aren’t quite sure what she’s escaping in her past.

    It’s not that surprising that she sets her sights higher than jewelry when she meets the newly widowe
    LoneStarWords Deb Coco
    Dec 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
    It's taken me a few days to figure out how to constructively review this book because my initial reaction made me want to toss it in the garbage. But that doesn't help other readers (it would have made me feel a lot better, after having wasted my time with it) but here we go...

    First, I don't know why authors write retellings? Why not be original? And I should never have chosen this one because I love Jane Eyre and this book and it's "Jane" are so far from the heroine in Charlotte Bronte's novel
    « previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
    topics  posts  views  last activity   
    Play Book Tag: The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins - 4 stars 1 6 Oct 16, 2021 05:23AM  
    Statesboro-Bulloc...: September Book Club Pick 1 1 Sep 24, 2021 02:19PM  
    Goodreads Librari...: Missing ISBN/Incorrect Info? 5 29 Aug 21, 2021 09:35PM  
    UAPL Adult Services: Fantastic Adaptions! 4 14 Jul 26, 2021 02:49PM  
    A Novel Bunch: May Book Read 3 7 Jun 08, 2021 05:46PM  
    Book of The Month: The Wife Upstairs *Spoiler Discussion* 13 185 Apr 08, 2021 09:14AM  

    Readers also enjoyed

    • Nightingale House
    • Royal
    • My Name is Anton
    • The Lion's Den
    • Burn Our Bodies Down
    • Cardiff, by the Sea: Four Novellas of Suspense
    • My Dark Vanessa
    • The Book of Two Ways
    • The Last Piece
    • What We Forgot to Bury
    • The Woman in the Green Dress
    • The Pull of the Stars
    • Keep Your Friends Close
    • Don't Turn Around
    • How to Save a Life
    • It Started with a Secret
    • The Eighth Detective
    • The Darkest Evening (Vera Stanhope, #9)
    See similar books…
    See top shelves…

    Articles featuring this book

    The weather’s getting cooler—here in the northern hemisphere, anyway—and that means time is running out for participants in this year’s...
    44 likes · 16 comments
    “A man who overestimates his intelligence is a man who can be easily manipulated.” 7 likes
    “There's a trick to spinning lies. You have to embed the truth in there, just a glimmer of it. That's the part that will catch people, and it's what makes the rest of your lies sould like truth, too.” 6 likes
    More quotes…