I’ve given my self a target of reading 25 books in 2021. If I read at least 2 books per month I should be able to meet my target. Here’s my review of The Wife Upstairs – Rachel Hawkins.
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?
The story was engaging after flipping through a few pages I didn’t want to put it down. I wanted to know more about what would happen to Jane. I loved how the author played with words and also how the story of Jane was told. At one point I was wondering when was Jane going to get a break. She finally did when her and Eddie got together. Things got super interesting the moment they got engaged. That was pretty fast. Love at first sight??
I felt I was there with the ladies getting juciy gossip about the neighborhood happenings and even happy when Jane was finally included in the inner circle. Urgggh I hated John such a sleezeball. The creepy guy you love to hate.
Eddie, I always felt that he was just too good to be true. I’m happy that Jane was cautious with him and there relationship.
Bea, you devil you, wow who would have thought that you weren’t the little saint everyone made you out to be.
That ending had me like oh my gosh please don’t let anything happen to Jane . Then the big bang ! We learn which Mrs. Rochester gets the happy ending.
I’m happy with the choice. Well played. I still feel that there is more to this story. So many unanswered questions …..hmmmm
My Overall rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐
If you’d like to get a copy on Amazon- The Wife Upstairs
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