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The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins


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Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins

Release Date: January 5, 2021 by St. Martin’s Press

Genre: Thriller, Mystery

Synopsis:

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?

My Thoughts:

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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Going forward these will be grouped together as these are short snippet reviews.


A Dangerous Collaboration by Deanna Raybourn

A Dangerous Collaboration (Veronica Speedwell, #4)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Agatha Christie meets Edgar Allen Poe in the fourth installment to the Veronica Speedwell Series.

This is an adult mystery historical series that takes place in Victorian London where our main characters solve crime as a side hobby.

Technically you can read this in any order but I HIGHLY recommend you read all of them to really appreciate the slow burn element.

I absolutely adore these characters and seeing them on the outskirts of each other and learning to navigate that they may indeed actually have feelings all the while denying it!!!

In this book we see more of Stoker’s oldest brother and why he is the way he is today. It was nice to get away from Veronica’s estranged highly public family drama and delve into a spooky atmospheric mystery.

This was an incredible ride. I think this might be my favorite tied with the first book. It’s darker and I really really loved it.

We also get a confession that has nothing to do with a murder.

I have read the fifth book and my review can be found at this link

We are getting at least two more books but I will take a hundred please and thank you


Empire of Dreams by Rae Carson

The Empire of Dreams (Fire and Thorns, #4)

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

I really enjoyed being back with in this world with these characters. I will say I went in thinking this was going to be a spin off series, not a standalone. I also for some reason was under the impression that the other formed kingdoms, or Queendom’s would feature more prominently. I don’t know why I thought this.

Too many people slept on this series. The original trilogy centered around religion, magic and politics. This series masterly crafts amazing character development and has the MOST amazing relationship to ever exist, between a straight couple. It deals with sex and birth control in a fantasy world. Its practically unheard of in most books. All I’m saying is pick up Girl of Fire and Thorns.

Now back to Empire of Dreams, I adore Red. We finally see where she comes from and how she ended up where she did when Elisa finds her. Her backstory is heartbreaking and sometimes hard to read. She deals with PTSD, which in the book is called soldier’s sickness.

I liked Rosario and Red’s sibling relationship. There is no romance in this story which I found refreshing but I know that’s not everyone’s feelings. The message of love in this story wasn’t romantic it was about the bonds of family. They don’t have a traditional looking family which is all more the realistic and fantastic to see depicted.

My only complaints are small like some predictability, and the rushed ending. I would have loved more flashbacks or time spent with Elisa and Hector and their family times.

Overall, I think if you’re a fan of the series and you’ve always been curious as to Red’s story pick this up. I definitely think it’s important to read the series first to better understand things.


Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

Foundryside (The Founders Trilogy #1)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was fantastic and just what I needed. The world building is amazing just such wonderful unique magic system. I really liked the characters and their interactions. My only complaint is the made up curse words. I just personally really hate that.

Links to the previous Reading Challenge Posts:

The first Reading Challenge Post

Reading Challenge “B”

ABC Reading Challenge “C”