Title : The Wife Upstairs
Author : Rachel Hawkins
Publisher : HarperCollins India
Pages : 290
Genre : Thriller
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?
OMG, whaaat?? A Jane Eyre retelling and you thought I would miss it? (Okay yeah, I know nobody thought that but I almost did okay? So don’t mind me while I write this rant review. I’m still processing.)
This novel is freaking awesome. You get a Jane, you get a Mr. Rochester and you get the ever-so-famous Thornfield Estate. And what you get with it all is a thriller wrapped in delicious suspense. It’s hard to digest, ’cause the ingredients are way too strong to handle.
How is this book still not talk of the town? Or is it? I haven’t really seen enough of it around here, but I guess I’ll do so soon.
It’s not just the plot that enticed, it’s the reimagining of characters, the modern take of this timeless classic that enamoured me.
It’s not that the ending is completely unforeseeable. You do get it all along the way, but the method it follows for the events to unfold has made the difference. It’s really hard to speak more of it without giving much away, so just know it for a fact that this novel is quite fast paced and enjoyable little thriller. It won’t take much of your time. Trust me, you’ll fly through it.