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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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OrangeMooseReads
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Maybe now just wasn‘t the time for this one. I could not get into it at all. It was boring and honestly the MC seemed whiney.

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Bookwormjillk
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#12booksof2022

I read this right after we finished Jane Eyre for #PemberLittens

Reading them back to back was a lot of fun!

Andrew65 Not read this one yet. 3mo
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PunkedRocker56
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Mehso-so

I could see what the book was trying to do in terms of moments of suspense/plot twists, however I found it to be lackluster. I recognized those moments when they came up, but felt like they were missing something. I think a lot of the tension was supposed to revolve around the main male character, but as a reader, I felt the character wasn‘t introduced well enough for the suspense/tension to be effective. It needed to be fleshed out more. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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PunkedRocker56

Excited to finally read this one! I‘ve seen so many good reviews for it since it came out on Book of the Month. Seems like it‘ll follow a pretty basic formula for a thriller, but I think I might need a good reliable “good story formula” to help me relax into a good read as I close off the new year 😌

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Definitely needed a book to grab me right off the bat and keep me guessing til the end. This was it!

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Bookwormjillk
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This was a fun one to read right after we finished Jane Eyre for #Pemberlittens

There was no one to like in this retelling, but oddly that worked. I enjoyed this book a lot.

Thank you @Chrissyreadit for sending this as a swap gift over the summer!

I'm including a quote from the acknowledgements as a spoiler in the comments because I loved it, but it is a slight spoiler for this book and Jane Eyre.

Bookwormjillk From the Acknowledgements:

And lastly, thanks to every woman who ever got to the end of Jane Eyre and thought, “Honestly, Jane? You could do better.“

You are my people and I love you.
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Chrissyreadit 😘😘😘 5mo
erickahhh Oh nice! It has been on my TBR for a while now. I think I will finally pick it up now! 5mo
Catsandbooks 🙌🏼👻🧡 5mo
TheAromaofBooks I didn't realize this was a Jane Eyre riff. I should bump it up my TBR while Jane is still fresh!! 5mo
Bookwormjillk @TheAromaofBooks they were fun back to back! 5mo
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I listened to The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins. A 20-something woman with a checkered past moves to a rich area and becomes the neighborhood dog-walker. Soon she's engaged to a recent widower, whose wife's death is suspicious. The twist, though it seems obvious, is s surprise. An enjoyable listen. 3.5 ⭐️s

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ElizaMarie
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This one had some mixed reviews, but I found it rather entertaining. I didn't see the twists to expect. Also, having to rely mostly on #Audio lately, its been good to get lost in a book with a good narrator.

My baby, Conor being such a good boy at his Vet appointment. #DogsOfLitsy

Deblovestoread So cute! 7mo
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ElizaMarie
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This is my newest #AudioCommute book :) I see all the mixed reviews. Hopefully it‘s entertaining enough so far.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💙📚💗 7mo
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Outofcontroltbr
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I really liked this book. It had a bit of a twist that I wasn‘t expecting but it was fun.

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TJAhearne
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Mehso-so

It was a fast read and definitely intriguing, but a little rushed at the end. It had a great mystery and a good twist, but felt the epilogue was a bit too much. At times the repetition was annoying instead of leading up to suspense. The revelations were subtle and that was good. I recommend it as a fluff read… not one to really analyze and think about.

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Bookwormjillk
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@Chrissyreadit this box is great! Your cat story cracked me up! My neighbor‘s cat has been living in my backyard for 3 days because he saw a chipmunk there. They want what they want! Thank you so much.

(And I was was writing this my Daisy cat jumped up and tried to steal the stuffie 🤷‍♀️)

#spookysummerswap

Chrissyreadit 😘😘😘😘 9mo
wisherwishinguponastar Are those teas? That is a great spread! 9mo
Bookwormjillk @booksellerofyourdiscontent yes, aren‘t they cool? 9mo
wisherwishinguponastar Absolutely!!!! 9mo
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walkwithabook
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

SilversReviews Loved this book. 9mo
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lanecannon
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This was such a thrill ride! It kept me guessing to the very last page!

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IamIamIam
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Panpan

Thank goodness.... this was totally meh. A bunch of southern ladies gossiping, a too naive foster care kid who's jealous of them, a mediocre murder mystery....

Nope, this was not my cup of tea. I did add a book to my total for the year and that's all I've got...

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IamIamIam
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I'm not sure I'm meant for books like this... 🙄 The fact that it's a Jane Eyre retelling says a lot too, LOL... 18% in and I've already strained a muscle rolling my eyes.

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Bec_lectic
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Jane dog walks her way into the life of luxury when she comes across the gorgeous widow Eddie, whose wife went missing after a boating accident and is presumed dead. I give this book a pick as it was entertaining but found a few things underwhelming such as why Jane was running away from her past. In all, it‘s an entertaining story with a few twists, although predictable, it‘s still worthy of a read 🙂

SilversReviews I liked this book. 11mo
Bec_lectic @SilversReviews I liked it as well! Sadly the author mostly writes YA novels. This was her first adult book. 11mo
SilversReviews @Bec_lectic Ohhhh. I didn‘t know that. Thanks. 11mo
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emmaturi
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This is a modern retelling of Jane Eyre set in USA. It has a few twists and turns, it was an enjoyable read, but it hasn't stayed with me.

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candc320
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Enjoyable modern retelling of Jane Eyre that kept my attention even though it wasn‘t hard to figure out where the story was going or what the big mystery would reveal. All of the characters were unreliable and I liked that it changed between 3 different POVs, even while the main narrator was Jane. Very entertaining! 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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OriginalCyn620
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A retelling of Jane Eyre…so good! I was immediately sucked into the story and was hooked. The characters aren‘t particularly likable, but for this story, that works.

#bookspinbingo
#pop22 - book with a quote from your favorite author on the cover
#booked2021 - make your own prompt {flowers on the cover}
#pantone2022

Cinfhen I liked this book and fun prompt choice 🌸🌸🌸 12mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! 12mo
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audreydmcgee
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This was a fun one! While the pacing was off at the end and didn‘t think we needed Eddie‘s pov, I very much enjoyed this. I love me an unreliable narrator.

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TamTracy
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Definitely liked this book a lot! I was totally bought in because I knew there were going to be twists and I couldn‘t wait to see what was next and how things ended up. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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maich
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Thank you @TheLudicReader for these gifts. Books came 4days after you sent email, other stuff arrived today. I didn't want to post them before, wanted to share the whole package together. But I opened books on February 14. Everything is so pretty💕❤
#LitsyLove #LitsyLoveValentinesDaySwap
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Bookgoil @rsteve388

SilversReviews Truly enjoyed THE WIFE UPSTAIRS. 13mo
TheLudicReader I am so relieved that it all finally arrived. ❤️ 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome gifts!! 13mo
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maich @SilversReviews Hope I'll like it😊 13mo
maich @TheLudicReader Me too😊 Thank you😘😘 13mo
SilversReviews @maich 😊 I hope so too. 13mo
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SheilaChew
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💙 when your coworker brings you a book at work 💙

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Aubgurl
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I really enjoyed this book! I always love a good thriller, and being that I grew up in the area where this book was written made it that much more enjoyable. I could picture the exact women she was writing about.

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GidgetsTreasures75
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3-4-22: My 21st finished book of 2022! Jane is a dog walker in a gated community called Thornfield Estates when she meets Eddie Rochester. He is recently widowed, his wife Bea drowned in a boating accident with her best friend. Jane and Eddie fall for each other quickly but Jane is trying to live up to the image Bea has left behind. Fans of Jane Eyre will enjoy this retelling of the classic. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️📖#️⃣2️⃣1️⃣

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rebbyj
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Phew

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Melismatic
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A clever ‘Gone Girl‘ esque (tho not as crazy/gory) version of ‘Jane Eyre‘ (what a sentence). It‘s a bit predictable if you love the genre — but it‘s short, fast paced, and it‘s popcorn fun (as none of these characters are likeable).

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Deblovestoread
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This is how February #Roll100 is going to go. I did the collage a bit fast and it appears a little crooked. Sorry 🤷🏻‍♀️

PuddleJumper Looks good! 14mo
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Julsmarshall
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So good! Totally understand the hype! I love a retelling and this one of Jane Eyre is now a favorite 😍 The perfect companion to my 5 mile walks the last few days as I try to meet my goal of 100 miles in January. Currently at 97.1 miles with 2 more days to meet my goal! #BFC22 @wanderinglynn #audiowalking #Pantone2022 @Clwojick #Dahlia

wanderinglynn Awesome! Way to go! 🙌🏻💜 14mo
DivineDiana Fantastic! Did you make the goal? Either way, great job! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 14mo
Julsmarshall I did make the goal, @DivineDiana Thanks! Went 103 miles total and was even out a couple of days due to covid. So pleased I made it! 14mo
DivineDiana What an achievement! 🏆 14mo
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Julsmarshall
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Next up while #audiowalking

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Roxanareads
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Finished this on audio today and I enjoyed it. I like being unsure of what's going on!

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Johanna414
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A Jane Eyre retelling where not a single character is likeable (except maybe the dog?) and they're all terrible people... despite that, I could not put it down. Definitely not the Jane I know and love, but it was certainly an entertaining read.

Johanna414 Also, I promised myself I would go to bed early tonight... why do I do this to myself?! 1y
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Johanna414
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Started listening to the tagged audiobook while if finished making this little guy for my son. So far its fast paced and entertaining, with some seriously unlikable characters. Not sure if it's going to work for me or not... #audiocrochet

ozma.of.oz So cute!💕💕 1y
Texreader That‘s the most awesome Yoda!! 1y
BookwormAHN Adorable 💙 1y
sprainedbrain How cute is that!? 😍 1y
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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! 1y
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. 😩 1y
CBee @HappilyEverKrafter of course it did 🤦‍♀️ That‘s the South for ya. 1y
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Cazxxx
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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) 1y
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. 1y
Cazxxx @SilversReviews it just didn‘t work for me unfortunately 1y
Cazxxx @BrittanyReads yep I feel the exact same 1y
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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! 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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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 1y
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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! 🥂📚 1y
mcctrish @JackOBotts it‘s more like a week at this point 🤣🤣 1y
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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❤️ 1y
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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 💜 1y
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