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The Wife Upstairs

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  46,834 ratings  ·  6,663 reviews
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
Hardcover, 290 pages
Published January 5th 2021 by St. Martin's Press
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Bookbee From the blurb I thought it sounded like a mash-up of Jane Eyre and Rebecca!
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)

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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
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
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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
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

"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
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 decidedly 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 lifestyle and occasionally taking a little bit of
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 All About the Thrill
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
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,
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
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.
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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
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
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
Susanne  Strong
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
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
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
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 into this book, 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 liking or hating th
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
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
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
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
I’ve read multiple retakes on Pride and Prejudice, but this is the first time I’ve read one of Jane Eyre.
This modern day Jane is a broke dog walker in Birmingham, AL. But unlike the original Jane, this one is no innocent. Eddie is a rich widow in the upscale neighborhood where Jane works. He lost his wife in a boating accident six months ago. A whirlwind romance ensues.
Since this is a re-telling, it’s not giving away any secrets to say the original Mrs. Rochester is alive and hidden in the att
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
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: from-publisher, 2021
A fun retelling of the gothic classic Jane Eyre, The Wife Upstairs delivers a twisting psychological thriller that will be difficult to stop once you’ve started.

Poor, plain Jane has recently ended up in Birmingham, Alabama after leaving behind an old life, and name, in Arizona. Working as a dog-walker to the rich residents of the bougie neighborhood Thornfield Estates, Jane finds herself literally knocked off her feet by Eddie Rochester, a widower who is looking to fill the recently-made hole i
Jessica | JustReadingJess
I was invested in The Wife Upstairs from the beginning. I loved the story. It definitely seemed predictable at times, but I didn’t want to put the book down. I really enjoyed the story. I didn’t really like Jane, but really wanted the best for her. There were definitely times I wanted to yell at her because I was so invested in the story. I thought I knew exactly what was going to happen next and was wrong multiple times. I love reading unpredictable books.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by
This is a mystery thriller. I was into this book, 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. I can see people either liking or hating this book. This is not going to be a book that is going to fells in the middle, and I think it will depend on if you guess the ending. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher ...more
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Apr 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing

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The Written Review

Holy Shit.


Twisty. Turny. Wildly addictive.

This book. It's stunning.
I will have to be honest. I was really looking forward to this book. It's been given such high praise. I admit I have never read the classic, "Jane Eyre" and this was supposedly a very loose re-telling.

It started out good for me and I was intrigued but I found it just went nowhere for so long. Perhaps I've read too many domestic thrillers and I was expecting something to really WOW me. It just didn't and I found the ending to be pretty predictable.

I liked it enough to keep reading and the writin
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