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The Wife Upstairs Hardcover – 5 January 2021

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  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press (5 January 2021)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 304 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1250245494
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1250245496
  • Dimensions : 16.13 x 3.1 x 24.38 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.1 out of 5 stars 3,339 ratings

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A Southern Gothic twist on Jane Eyre that's full of suspense, twists and turns...the story of this twisted love triangle will have you on the edge of your seat all the way until the end. --CNN

"A delightfully surprising and suspenseful twist on Jane Eyre.--Newsweek

Consider us enthralled. --The Skimm

"A clever page-turner...this modern Gothic novel proves that creaky houses that harbor big secrets never go out of style." --Oprahmag.com

"A delicious thriller that you'll likely want to read in a single sitting." --TimeOut

Thesis: Any thriller that has the word wife in the title is going to be good. And proof comes courtesy of Hawkins' modern retelling of Jane Eyre, which is the year's first irresistible page-turner that will keep you up at night. --E! Online

What would have happened if Jane Eyre had not been a naïve innocent with a heart of gold? Grab this page-turner and find out. --Vulture

"A thrilling, suspenseful tale of will-they-or-won't-they that will keep you on the edge." --Woman's Day

"Read to find out whether either of them can ever escape their secrets, or if their forbidden tryst is doomed to failure." --Good Housekeeping

With an even darker twist, this novel delivers a one-of-a-kind take on a well-known gothic tale. In addition to the suspenseful story line, the distorted love triangle and the impassivity of the Thornfield residents will have readers feeling simultaneously discombobulated and fulfilled.--Library Journal (starred review)

The Wife Upstairs is a thrill ride [and] the pace is hurtling...I felt implicated, dubious, off-kilter as I navigated this elaborate masque of a story. --Southern Review of Books

"This compelling retelling of Jane Eyre deftly serves up a delicious mystery with a side of biting social commentary." --Shelf Awareness

When I say I couldn't put down The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins, I mean that I read it on my lunch break, while working out, instead of sleeping. It is seriously that good.--PopSugar

"An inspired riff on the gothic classic." --Goodreads

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

Hawkins twists together the suspense and storytelling of Jane Eyre with the atmosphere, tension, and odd characters of a Southern-gothic into a tale of a young woman trying to escape her past...an altogether sinister novel that will make readers of Jennifer McMahon, Ruth Ware, and Donna Tartt shudder. --Booklist

A feisty Southern charmer that's twisty enough to make dinners late in kitchens everywhere...a modern, rip-roaring thriller best enjoyed on a sandy beach with a tall, salty-rimmed beverage nearby. --Atlantic Journal-Constitution

"Expect the forbidden romance you loved in the original tale with all the modern, shiny trimmings." --MarieClaire.com

...chances are you'll fly through 'The Wife Upstairs' both because you're intrigued by the unfolding story itself and because you're putting together all the nods to its inspiration, Charlotte Bronte's 'Jane Eyre.'--St. Louis Post-Dispatch

A great beach read.--Austin American-Statesman

Get ready for a lightning-fast read with familiar characters in an altogether unfamiliar setting. --Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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." --Samantha Downing, USA Today bestselling author

"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

About the Author

Rachel Hawkins is the New York Times bestselling author of The Wife Upstairs, as well as 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.

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