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The Wife Upstairs: A Novel by [Rachel Hawkins]
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"A Southern Gothic twist on Jane Eyre that’s full of suspense, twists and turns...the story of this twisted love triangle will have you on the edge of your seat all the way until the end." ––CNN

“A delightfully surprising and suspenseful twist on Jane Eyre."––Newsweek

"Consider us enthralled." ––The Skimm

“A delicious thriller that you'll likely want to read in a single sitting.” ––TimeOut

"Thesis: Any thriller that has the word "wife" in the title is going to be good. And proof comes courtesy of Hawkins' modern retelling of Jane Eyre, which is the year's first irresistible page-turner that will keep you up at night." ––E! Online

"What would have happened if Jane Eyre had not been a naïve innocent with a heart of gold? Grab this page-turner and find out." ––Vulture

“A thrilling, suspenseful tale of will-they-or-won't-they that will keep you on the edge.” ––Woman’s Day

“Read to find out whether either of them can ever escape their secrets, or if their forbidden tryst is doomed to failure.” ––Good Housekeeping

"With an even darker twist, this novel delivers a one-of-a-kind take on a well-known gothic tale. In addition to the suspenseful story line, the distorted love triangle and the impassivity of the Thornfield residents will have readers feeling simultaneously discombobulated and fulfilled."––Library Journal (starred review)

"The Wife Upstairs is a thrill ride [and] the pace is hurtling...I felt implicated, dubious, off-kilter as I navigated this elaborate masque of a story." ––Southern Review of Books

“This compelling retelling of Jane Eyre deftly serves up a delicious mystery with a side of biting social commentary.” ––Shelf Awareness

“An inspired riff on the gothic classic.” ––Goodreads

"...this suspenseful domestic thriller will keep readers turning pages." ––Publishers Weekly

"Hawkins twists together the suspense and storytelling of Jane Eyre with the atmosphere, tension, and odd characters of a Southern-gothic into a tale of a young woman trying to escape her past...an altogether sinister novel that will make readers of Jennifer McMahon, Ruth Ware, and Donna Tartt shudder." ––Booklist

"...chances are you’ll fly through 'The Wife Upstairs' both because you’re intrigued by the unfolding story itself and because you’re putting together all the nods to its inspiration, Charlotte Bronte’s 'Jane Eyre.'"––St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Hawkins delivers a sharp, fresh twist on a classic in this darkly funny, suspenseful story of murder, ambition, and love. Creepy and fast-paced, The Wife Upstairs kept me on the edge of my seat from the first page to the very last." ––Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author

“I was completely blown away by The Wife Upstairs. This is a compulsive, irresistible retelling of Jane Eyre with a modern, noir twist – and wow, does it work.” ––Samantha Downing, USA Today bestselling author

The Wife Upstairs is everything I’d hoped--sharp, smart, tricky and fast-paced. Rachel Hawkins’ debut thriller puts you in the steps of an outsider, an insider, and an imposter, but which is which? You won’t know til you’re up way too late turning the final pages." ––Kelly Harms, nationally bestselling author of The Overdue Life of Amy Byler

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Editors' pick: Part of the fun of The Wife Upstairs is seeing how closely Hawkins sticks to the plot of Jane Eyre, and the other part is how inventively and audaciously she strays from it. And going from English Gothic to Southern Gothic is just the beginning. Unpredictable twists, smart spins on the canon, and even a hat tip to Rebecca make this a fun read."—Vannessa Cronin, Amazon Editor
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Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08BKLVZRJ
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ St. Martin's Press (January 5, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ January 5, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3156 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 279 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.1 out of 5 stars 6,312 ratings

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Rachel Hawkins (www.rachel-hawkins.com) was a high school English teacher before becoming a full-time writer. She lives with her family in Alabama, and is currently at work on the third book in the Hex Hall series. To the best of her knowledge, Rachel is not a witch, though some of her former students may disagree....

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3.0 out of 5 stars Reader, there are other thrillers.
By Tanya on January 6, 2021
Convaluted! This thriller drew me in for its Jane Eyre inspiration; what a clever basis for a thriller to draw on one of my favorite literary novels. However, Ms. Hawkins, while brilliant at her crafting Bronte's characters here and there, failed to deliver a solid thriller, IMO.

Jane is 23. She works part time at a coffee shop and part time as a dog walker in a lush, suburbian neighborhood. She's got baggage.

Eddie Rochester is a widow. His wife, Bea, aka Bertha, is dead. As is her best friend, in a not so distant boating accident.

Jane and Eddie come together; each for a purpose. The reader is dragged along their toxic journey as well as mired into the lives of their neighbors/relationships.

This thriller was a disappointment. Hawkins had a great idea going with the JANE EYRE foundation but I felt it fell flat and the ending ... seriously? A bigger climax could've saved this book a bit or given it at least 1/2 more star.
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little bookworm
3.0 out of 5 stars A fairly bland twist on a classic
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 8, 2021
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3.0 out of 5 stars quick, fun and easy read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 12, 2021
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3.0 out of 5 stars Suspenful read with flaws but very enjoyable
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 19, 2021
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3.0 out of 5 stars Jane Eyre meets the gossipy, idle rich Real Housewives of Alabama
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 19, 2021
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 19, 2021
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