The Wife Upstairs - Rachel Hawkins

The Wife Upstairs

By Rachel Hawkins

  • Release Date: 2021-01-05
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 1,049 Ratings


Instant New York Times and USA Today Bestseller

“Compulsively readable...a gothic thriller laced with arsenic.” ––EW

One of the Most Anticipated Books of 2021: CNN Newsweek • Vulture • PopSugar • Parade • BuzzFeed • E!Online TimeOut • Woman's Day • Goodreads • She Reads • Good Housekeeping • CrimeReads • Frolic • Hello! Mystery and Suspense

January 2021 Indie Next Pick and #1 LibraryReads Pick

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?


  • A must read!

    By brittcalderon
    A page turner! Such a thriller!
  • Page turner!

    By Lharrington74
    Wow. So many twists and turns you don't see coming. Loved it
  • Good book, but not worth paying full price for.

    By poreader
    Good book, but not worth paying full price for.
  • Really good

    By SEmmick
    Good read!
  • An insult

    By Lilly4141
    What a joke of a book, waste of money and time. DO NOT BUY.
  • Riveting

    By mmiles1971
    Loved this book. It was gripping from page one. I couldn’t put it down. Lots of unexpected twists and turns!
  • Was this book edited?

    By Bluecollarmoxie
    “The Wife Upstairs” is absolutely riddled with typos and grammatical errors. Crazy how some people have to fight to have their books published, when dumpster fires like this exist.
  • Amazing work!

    By Mscarolx44
    Loved this book! Read the preview and I had to buy it! I could not put it down !! Love love. Great book.
  • Not Jane Eyre. * Spoilers*

    By ClarkChurch
    The hype is this is a contemporary telling of Jane Eyre. The only thing that resembles Jane Eyre is the characters name is Jane(or is it?) Mr. Rochester is now Eddie and the crazy wife is locked in a panic room upstairs. Other than that, nothing resembles Jane Eyre. Jane is a thief/goldigger who lures Eddie into marrying him and tries to become like the other Stepford Wife’s in town. Once she discovers what happened to Eddie’s wife she tries to release her, but possibly got it wrong. The house burns down and the bodies of Eddie and the wife are never found. Jane finds out Eddie changed him will and she ends up richer than anyone. This book has no likable characters and the all have dark secrets. I really wanted this story to end as quick as possible. The author stated after she read Jane Eyre she thought Jane could do better. Well, after reading this we deserved something better.
  • Wow wow wow

    By Amandadelrosso
    Soooooo good!! Just when I thought I had it figured out, BOOM, another twist. Thank you for this amazing read. I read it in one day, haha, because it’s THAT good. I just couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend this book!!