The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins

Book Review

The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins is an Adult Domestic Thriller full of suburban drama, shady pasts, and suspenseful circumstances..


“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?”

My Thoughts

If you love rich people drama, shady characters, mistrust and manipulation, you NEED to get your hands on this book!

What I Liked:

  • highly suspenseful
  • witty, smart, delicate plot
  • multi POV / timelines
  • lots of twists I never saw coming

What I Didn’t Like:

  • emotionally exhausting characters – especially Him..
  • rushed ending – but starting to grow on me
  • wanted a more punch-worthy ending

I can’t recommend this book enough. GO READ IT NOW! It’s worth every 5 star I gave it, and even though I wished there was a more stick-it-to-em kind of ending and overall HATED the main characters as people, I still really enjoyed every second of this thriller. I really wish more domestic thrillers were like this one with the explosive endings and creative twists.

Not a single part of this book I could have predicted.

Just fantastic.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

More Book Info

Published: 5 January 2021

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Genre: Adult Domestic Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 290

How I Read It: Hardcover

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