"The Wife Upstairs"

"The Wife Upstairs"

The Wife Upstairs- Rachel Hawkins
July, 2022 
This is not the kind of book I was looking for . . . but it was the best book I have read since I started this “reading frenzy”. There are NO slow spots, plot line and Rachel Hawkins leaves a hearty trail of delicious bread crumbs to savor. And parts of the book are SHOCKING, talk about being slapped out of my cozy reading roost! I’m looking for books with picturesque small town drama and mystery, edgier than “cozy mysteries” is there a genre for that? Despite my journey for those books, this was a delightful and totally entertaining detour! Loved it!
-Kim Luke



Book Blurb

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 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?

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