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The Wife Upstairs
The Wife Upstairs: A Novel | Rachel Hawkins
A delicious twist on a Gothic classic, 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 Estatesa 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 cant help but see an opportunity in Eddienot only is he rich, brooding, and handsome, he could also offer her the kind of protection shes 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 Eddies heart before her pastor hiscatches 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 wont stay buried. In this vivid reimagining of one of literatures most twisted love triangles, which Mrs. Rochester will get her happy ending?
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HappilyEverKrafter
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1. Just finished “Not a Happy Family” by Shari Lapena and about to start “The Wife Upstairs” by Rachel Hawkins.

2. Cold with a wintry mix. I live in metro Atlanta, and this is not common here.

3. Drink coffee and sit by the fire!

#weekendreads

CBee Good to “see” you back! ♥️ Was just watching the weather - y‘all are getting some snow! 5d
HappilyEverKrafter @CBee It‘s so great to be back! Thank you! ❤️And oh my gosh, yes, we sure did! And it melted just as fast. 😩 1d
CBee @HappilyEverKrafter of course it did 🤦‍♀️ That‘s the South for ya. 1d
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Cazxxx
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Mehso-so

An ok retelling of Jane Eyre, had some twists and turns but overall didn‘t like the characters and it just didn‘t excite me enough

SilversReviews This was good. Sorry it wasn‘t enjoyable for you. (edited) 2w
BrittanyReads That cover is so much better than the hardcover!! But I agree with you, I had higher hopes for this story and was let down. 2w
Cazxxx @SilversReviews it just didn‘t work for me unfortunately 2w
Cazxxx @BrittanyReads yep I feel the exact same 2w
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ShyBookOwl
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#bookhaul 9 of my faves of the 90 books I read in 2021😍📚 Can't wait to add them to my shelves

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behudd
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I went into this one assuming I wouldn‘t love it - I don‘t like Jane Eyre & I‘m generally not a huge fan of retellings. But, as usually happens, I‘m glad my book club chose this one that I wouldn‘t have picked on my own because I did end up having a great time reading it. It‘s a fast, twisty read, and I honestly can‘t say much without spoiling - but I will say, definitely worth checking out.

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mcctrish
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I meant to finish this last night but I got caught up playing ACNH and then watching tv with the fam. It was good. It took a bit to get all the storylines going ( a bit plodding setting the stage) and then the key bits started to fly. There were a few twists and turns at the end. I thought the ending might be harsher than it was

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behudd
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January #bookspin list 🤗
@TheAromaofBooks

SRWCF Fun, fun! 3w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3w
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behudd
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“It is the absolute shittiest day for a walk.”

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

ShyBookOwl I loved this one!! Enjoy 3w
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mcctrish
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It‘s just a lot of drinking and reading at my house

JackOBotts Sounds like a perfect night! 🥂📚 3w
mcctrish @JackOBotts it‘s more like a week at this point 🤣🤣 3w
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mcctrish
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More books, more baked goods and more coffee

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EchoLogical
Mehso-so

It wasn‘t too bad. Quick read, with meh characters, and a few plot holes. Brought me one book closer to meeting my #Goodreads goal: 15/20

Liatrek Hi🙂 Hope all is well! Missed seeing your post❤️ 1mo
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ShyBookOwl
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It is the absolute shittiest day for a walk.

#firstlinefridays I know I posted about this opener yesterday, but, what can I say? It's great.

DrexEdit 💜 2mo
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ShyBookOwl
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Beautiful sunset audiowalk 😌🎧📚
I'm already hooked on this thriller!

RaeLovesToRead I love this photo! ❤ 2mo
MallenNC I enjoyed this one. 2mo
ShyBookOwl @RaeLovesToRead thank you 😊 2mo
ShyBookOwl @MallenNC I am too so far! 2mo
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Anya09
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ShyBookOwl
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I am soooo excited to dig into this Jane Eyre thriller retelling. This first line has NOT disappointed.

BiblioLitten Ha! The comparison 😆 2mo
ShyBookOwl @BiblioLitten right?! I love it. 2mo
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Eggbeater
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3rd book read for the #20in4 #readathon
@Andrew65

This was an entertaining thriller set among catty, rich southerners. It had a bit of a modern gothic novel meets Jane Eyre flair with a twist. I liked it.

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 2mo
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Ms.Story
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This wasn‘t my favourite Jane Eyre retelling but I still enjoyed it!

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Ms.Story
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This wasn‘t my favourite Jane Eyre retelling but I still enjoyed it!

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RenePenn
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3.5 ⭐️ yay! One more off of my TBR list. It‘s always interesting to read books set in your home state and seeing familiar places and locations mentioned. #localauthor #alabamathebeautifil

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Nalbuque
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Panpan

Even tho I didn‘t quite see the end coming, this wasn‘t a great suspense. I dno why authors insist on writing a whole book with zero likeable characters. I felt so over their drama. The pace was also inconsistent and I only finished bc it picked up at the very end.

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Serenity_Within86
Mehso-so

I really don't know what to think about this book it's wasn't bad or amazing but it kept me interested to see what happened. ⭐⭐⭐

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Serenity_Within86
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This is one weird book or maybe interesting one. I'm too stubborn to stop now I need to know what happens 🤔🤨🧐🙄😒🤣😂😅

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Serenity_Within86
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Onto the next book #16 📚📚📚

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JenlovesJT47
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Mehso-so

This modern spin on Jane Eyre was just okay. The story is pretty far-fetched in general and the twists were fairly predictable, but I will say it was still entertaining and I had to know what happened next. This is a rent, not buy. 3⭐️

#BOTM
#thriller

RenePenn I bought this one because she is a local author. I also recently read Jane Eyre (which I‘d never read before) since it is a retelling. I wasn‘t overwhelmed with Jane Eyre so I needed a break before reading this one. It‘s in my stack to read before year end. May wait until next year. :) (edited) 4mo
JenlovesJT47 @RenePenn I just read Jane Eyre for the first time this year. I was underwhelmed, and honestly this book doesn‘t resemble it very much. But it is entertaining! My favorite Jane Eyre twisty retelling is Jane Steele. It is so good! 4mo
SilversReviews Enjoyed this book. 4mo
Wonderwoman89 To me it was a lot like Verity by Colleen Hoover. Even the plot 4mo
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Jgacreations
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This was a good read (listen). The characters were entertaining and the twist was good also. Nothing shocking that i didn‘t figure out half way in, but still good.

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ashleyn
Mehso-so

Pretty outrageous plot IMO. That being said, I was still eager to find out what happened.

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MrsCumbie
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This is one of two books I just picked up from the local library. Do you read book dust jackets or do you just dive in? #cumbiereads

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Katie.happens
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I started this novel knowing very little about it, and was so surprised by the turn it took. I thought it was a true crime style novel and to see it transform into a modern telling of Jane Eyre was a treat. Every character is some how intriguing and unlikeable at the same time. I couldn‘t put it down.

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MallenNC
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The neighbors of Thornfield Estates play a big part in this retelling of Jane Eyre. The main character starts out as a dog walker in the neighborhood which gives her glimpses into their lives.

#PersonVsNeighbors #ConflictedWorlds

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚🙌🏻 🏡 5mo
Alfoster Loved this one!❤️ 5mo
MallenNC @Alfoster I enjoyed it too! I love retellings and Jane Eyre is one of my favorites. 5mo
Eggs Sounds good🥰📖👏🏻 5mo
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Susanita
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Another state fulfilled for #52mysteries with this interesting update on Jane Eyre with a healthy dose of snark.

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Carolhreads
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4 stars more of a slow burn than a page-turning thriller it kept my interest Beas point of view and the flashbacks were more interesting than janes a lot of people are comparing to jane eyre but I haven't read that yet so I am more comparing it to Rebecca without the creepy house keeper

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Carolhreads
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Starting this and continuing Anne of green gables

suvata Both good books 6mo
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RenePenn
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This was my purchase at The Haunted Bookstore when we were in Mobile, AL last weekend. Now, finding time to get to them… and do I skip over the other 20 books I have stacked up to read next? 😂

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Amoon
The Wife Upstairs | Rachel Hawkins
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What a ride! Told from the POV of the main characters including Jane, dog worker in super upscale neighborhood, Handsome and charming Eddie, whose wife and best friend have disappeared and others. Almost every character is not who they appear to be, while everyone is sociable. Riveting from the beginning to the end.

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Emma_PK
Mehso-so

I was keen to read this as I knew it borrowed aspects of Jane Eyre. It had some interesting plot twists and did keep me guessing at times but I didn't connect with any of the characters and I would have liked a richer build up/premise that I would have been more invested in. I felt it needed twice as much detail and development and was a bit thin in places. I did want to find out what happened so it was worth pursuing.

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sprainedbrain
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This is a fun audiobook: a twisty modern thriller based on the gothic masterpiece Jane Eyre. I hated the characters but couldn‘t stop listening.

Full review: http://sprainedbrain.blog/2021/06/12/audiobook-review-the-wife-upstairs-by-rache...

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

Alfoster I loved it too!❤️👏 7mo
SilversReviews A good one!! 7mo
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Maya.McClan
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I liked this book. It was a fun, exciting thriller with twists. I picked this book because I heard it was a modern day Jane Erye and I loved the movie. It had different POV‘s that made the book Not drag on. It won‘t win any awards but it was a fast read that I enjoyed. I give it 3 1/2 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 #botm

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booklover3258
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My review of this book can be found on my Youtube Vlog at:

https://youtu.be/dTsTlxC8GzM

Enjoy!

RenePenn The author will be in my area later this month. I‘m hoping to be able to attend the event. 8mo
booklover3258 @RenePenn That's awesome! Totally jealous! 8mo
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Maya.McClan
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“Emily is shoving pieces of fruit into a blender..resulting a dark viscous green juice.. it tastes like someone dumped a half pound of ginger into grass cuttings..so eff me I‘ll guess I‘ll develop a taste for it.“ #botm

Relatable

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SW-T
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Really liked the narrator. She did a great job with this one. Enjoyed having so many unreliable characters and the twists and turns the plot took. Fun #audiolisten

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Verity
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So it turns out I‘m still not ready for suspense/thrillers - even when they‘re based on a known property like Jane Eyre! But despite my squeamishness and need to space out reading it, this is really good. It‘s twisty and inventive enough that you‘re never quite sure that it is going to do what you think it‘s going to do. And “Jane” is a more complicated heroine than the original ever was! And I liked the ending.

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KristenDuck
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Great read!

Jane is just the dog walker... until she meets Eddie Rochester.

But they both have plenty of secrets in their past.

So much fun! I can totally see this as a beach read. Loved the ending!

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wildwoodreads
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With Memorial Day coming up I‘ve been looking for a quick read that I could devour in a day. I love spending a summer day stuck between the pages of a book. What would you guys recommend?

Here are a few of my mine.

https://wildwoodreads.com/2021/05/26/summer-reads-that-youll-devour-in-a-day/

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LaurenMags
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Mehso-so

I think thrillers just aren't my thing. This was this month's book club read. It wasn't terrible but it wasn't good either. Very predictable.

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VRM1975
Mehso-so

So so, the ‘reader I‘ line was certainly a modern twist

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That-Bookish-Hiker
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Mehso-so

This was suppose to be a twist on Jane Eyre but besides having the main basics, I didn‘t really get the same vibe.

This Jane tries too hard to fit in and be rich like everyone else and she fell in love so fast with Eddie and just let him walk all over her. I love Jane Eyre because she took control of her own life when it wasn‘t something a lot of women did in her time. This Jane was a little too desperate. It did keep me guessing tho.

⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Blackink_WhitePaper
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I enjoyed reading this book for its plot but couldn‘t appreciate most of the characters. Still a page Turner i especially like the ending. Narration was too good. 3🌟

#bookspinbingo #9 #pageturner #mystery #thriller #2021

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 8mo
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AvidlyAlexis
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22/100, 4☆ I thoroughly enjoyed this thriller. It was a bit predictable but still enough unique qualities that it had some element of surprise and it was definitely interesting the whole time.

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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Book 60/150.