The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins
Release Date: January 5, 2021 by St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
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?
There were times in the first half of the story like I was watching a Lifetime Movie LOL. That’s the only way to explain it. For me personally I found that to be really cringe-y.
I read Jane Eyre a very long time ago & I didn’t love the ending. I loved Jane at the beginning but I never understood her liking Mr. Rochester. So I was very curious about a re-imagining of sorts.
Honestly I liked this better but only by a little. The story is predictable. I was hoping for big twists or at least veering off the beaten path and explore something new.
I do think this works best without prior knowledge of Jane Eyre than maybe it won’t be so easy to predict.
Even though it was a fairly straight forward thriller it was still thrilling, which is the point.
My thanks to St. Martin’s Press & Netgalley for the advanced copy
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