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This book felt flat. I wasn’t blown away by the twist and wish there was more going on and more conflict. For example, from the blurb I thought that Jane was going to try and make something of herself so that she would fit in and feel like an equal to Bea. Instead she just ends up doing nothing and gossiping. Also, there was quite a lot of build up and mystery around Jane’s past - I was disappointed as to how easily that was resolved.
I was definitely not a fan of the ending whatsoever!!! Some things just didn’t make sense for example I was thinking why would this person do that or why would you think this? It was just so unsatisfying and the worst thing is the ending was meant to leave the reader thinking and hanging a little but there weren't enough hints or indications beforehand to make me think "oooh this will happen". Instead I was left thinking this ending is so anticlimactic, suspenseful and disappointing.
This book falls into the guilty pleasures category (like watching trashy tv) where you can just switch off because: the first 20% of the book was essentially about how much Jane hates rich people, the too fast and easy romance that develops between Jane and Eddie and boring fillers about Jane just hanging around with the beautification committee trying to fit in, though there were some hints/gossip around Bea, Balance and Eddie it didn’t add much to the mystery for me.
I wasn’t a fan of the format of the book, there were too many perspectives and jumping timelines. Normally I enjoy this format, like in Gone Girl, it was done so well and what made the twist even better.
Overall this was a quick, easy and enjoyable enough read. The pace was ok and there was just enough in each chapter to keep me interested though I wouldn’t say it was hard to put down. Even after the twists and reveals this book left me asking, “is that all?”
I like reading retellings because it’s usually fun to see how an old classic would translate into our modern times. Having read and loved Jane Eyre as a youngster (I really must re-read it one of these days!) I was excited to read THE WIFE UPSTAIRS as part of a book buddy group read. And I guess if you’re drawn to easy, popcorn thrillers with a bunch of unlikeable characters who are as nasty as a pit full of scorpions, then this book will be entertaining enough.
Sadly, the story was more miss than hit for me. I thought that all the things that made the original classic so enjoyable didn’t translate well into the modern setting. With Jane Eyre’s atmospheric old English mansion, the constraints of society and gender roles at the time, and even just the gloomy English weather, Charlotte Bronte created a novel that has entertained millions of readers over the last 150 or so years – with good reason. I could easily buy a crazy wife hidden in the attic of an old English manor house, with its multiple wings, dark corners and crevices and servants bustling about, but not in Eddie’s ultra-modern Thornfield Estate home. Even if our modern day Jane was a bit thick, the dog surely would have alarmed at the thumps and bumps coming from upstairs? But most of all, the sheer nastiness of each and every character in Hawkins’ version slowly eroded my enjoyment of the story. All those bitchy, backstabbing, snarky women read like utter stereotypes to me, ones I was only too eager to put out of my mind when the last page had been turned. And when it all came down to it, even those parts of the story that weren’t totally implausible were fairly predictable to me, robbing me of any surprise element that would have redeemed the book for me.
Even though the book totally missed the mark for me, I can see that other readers may enjoy the bunch of dysfunctional characters racing like a doomed train towards its dramatic finale. Personally, I thought that it was all wrong, from the modern American setting to the stereotypical, snarky characters and oh-so-much suspension of disbelief to give the characters the benefit of the doubt for being – frankly – a bit stupid. Never mind, we can’t all love the same things and I do think I need a break from domestic thrillers for a while!
“The Wife Upstairs” was a quick, fun and easy read by the new to me author Rachel Hawkins and I had a great time with it. The story starts with Jane, a dog-walker in a fancy, rich neighbourhood, when she meets a widower Eddie Rochester and her luck takes a turn for a better. Or so she thinks. It’s one of those books you can devour in one sitting. The pace is incredibly fast and you just need to know what is going to happen next. The sequence of events or characters' choices sometimes made me raise my eyebrows but the writing was engaging enough to keep me interested in the story. The book is not a shocking thriller by any means. I found the plot to be predictable and twist easy to work out (for someone like me who never read "Jane Eyre"). I would also prefer the the writing and candidates to have a little bit more depth and development but overall it was a good book. I would highly recommend it especially for readers new to the thriller genre.
The plot of this book is great and the small clues and irrelevant hunts really add to the depth of the story telling. The only reason I have this 4 stars was due to me, personally, not being a fan of all the different points of view and did find it a little confusing at times. Overall a great book.
What I really enjoyed about The Wife Upstairs is that I never knew who to root for, who to hate or love, or who to believe. I could never be totally sure about who the good or the bad guy was. That’s what made this Novel so enjoyable & super entertaining to me!
Rachel Hawkins Book left me on edge and suspicious of literally all characters. IMO, there were plenty of twists and turns and I thought the ending was a little far fetched BUT still great! I also enjoyed that the story is written in 3 points of views, which always works for me.
✅well-written storyline ✅interesting characters ✅plenty of twists twists I liked it! A true Page turner ! Recommendable •
One star only for Eddie ! A very predictable story ! The fact that you build hopes that it would lead somewhere extraordinary but leaves you to the quotidian details (very ordinary) and sadly when you keep the book aside that’s where you realise “in depth” the colourlessness. The romance between Eddie and Jane was imaginable and relatable but wasted it. End was unimaginable due to the expectation kept for unpredictability and originality.