By Rachel Hawkins
Published by MacMillan Audio
on January 5, 2021
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?
I had been really looking forward to reading this book, and decided to try it out on audio as part of a Scribd free trial.
The audiobook narrators were generally pretty good, although one of them did the most annoying voice for some of the side characters, and I couldn’t handle it. But this is the first audiobook I’ve ever actually finished, so I think that must be a sign that this was a good pick on audio!
As for the story itself, I have never read Jane Eyre (although it is on my infinite TBR), so I had no idea where the story was going and really enjoyed the twists and turns!
This was a sharp, twisty, tense read that I quite enjoyed! Recommended!