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The Wife Upstairs: A Novel (Paperback)

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This modern reimagining of Jane Eyre tells the story of Jane, a young woman with a secretive past living under an assumed name who works as a dog walker in a luxurious subdivision of Birmingham, Alabama, and has a penchant for stealing from her wealthy employers. When she meets the charming, rich, and recently widowed Eddie Rochester, who has his own dark secrets, they begin a whirlwind romance. But what really happened to Eddie’s first wife, the glamorous self-made millionaire Bea? Told from multiple points of view, this twisty, suspenseful take on a classic novel is perfect for fans of domestic thrillers.

— Marilyn

January 2021 Indie Next List


“This modern reimagining of Jane Eyre tells the story of Jane, a young woman with a secretive past living under an assumed name who works as a dog walker in a luxurious subdivision of Birmingham, Alabama, and has a penchant for stealing from her wealthy employers. When she meets the charming, rich, and recently widowed Eddie Rochester, who has his own dark secrets, they begin a whirlwind romance. But what really happened to Eddie’s first wife, the glamorous, self-made millionaire Bea? Told from multiple points of view, this twisty, suspenseful take on a classic novel is perfect for fans of domestic thrillers.”
— Marilyn Negip, R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison, CT

About the Author


RACHEL HAWKINS is the New York Times bestselling author of multiple books for young readers, and her work has been translated in over a dozen countries. She studied gender and sexuality in Victorian literature at Auburn University and currently lives in Alabama. The Wife Upstairs is her first adult novel.

Praise For…


Praise for THE WIFE UPSTAIRS:

One of the "Best New Books Coming Out in 2021" - PopSugar
One of the "Most Anticipated Thrillers of 2021" - She Reads
One of "The Best and Most Anticipated Thrillers of the Year" - Mystery and Suspense Magazine
One of the "Most Anticipated Books of 2021" - CrimeReads

"...this suspenseful domestic thriller will keep readers turning pages." —Publishers Weekly

"Consider us enthralled." —The Skimm

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

The Wife Upstairs is everything I’d hoped—sharp, smart, tricky and fast-paced. Rachel Hawkins’ debut thriller puts you in the steps of an outsider, an insider, and an imposter, but which is which? You won’t know til you’re up way too late turning the final pages." —Kelly Harms, nationally bestselling author of The Overdue Life of Amy Byler

"Rachel Hawkins delivers a sharp, fresh twist on a classic in this darkly funny, suspenseful story of murder, ambition, and love. Creepy and fast-paced, The Wife Upstairs kept me on the edge of my seat from the first page to the very last." —Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author

“I was completely blown away by The Wife Upstairs. This is a compulsive, irresistible retelling of Jane Eyre with a modern, noir twist – and wow, does it work. Get this one on your 2021 list.” —Samantha Downing, USA Today bestselling author of My Lovely Wife and He Started It



Product Details
ISBN: 9781250245502
ISBN-10: 1250245508
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: November 2nd, 2021
Pages: 336