The Wife Upstairs #BookReview

I’ve given my self a target of reading 25 books in 2021. If I read at least 2 books per month I should be able to meet my target. Here’s my review of The Wife Upstairs – Rachel Hawkins.

Synopsis:(GoodReads)

A delicious twist on a Gothic classic, Rachel Hawkins’s 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?

My Thoughts:

The story was engaging after flipping through a few pages I didn’t want to put it down. I wanted to know more about what would happen to Jane. I loved how the author played with words and also how the story of Jane was told. At one point I was wondering when was Jane going to get a break. She finally did when her and Eddie got together. Things got super interesting the moment they got engaged. That was pretty fast. Love at first sight??

I felt I was there with the ladies getting juciy gossip about the neighborhood happenings and even happy when Jane was finally included in the inner circle. Urgggh I hated John such a sleezeball. The creepy guy you love to hate.

Eddie, I always felt that he was just too good to be true. I’m happy that Jane was cautious with him and there relationship.

Bea, you devil you, wow who would have thought that you weren’t the little saint everyone made you out to be.

That ending had me like oh my gosh please don’t let anything happen to Jane . Then the big bang ! We learn which Mrs. Rochester gets the happy ending.

I’m happy with the choice. Well played. I still feel that there is more to this story. So many unanswered questions …..hmmmm

My Overall rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐

If you’d like to get a copy on Amazon- The Wife Upstairs

Until next post,

Dee

End of Year Book Tag

It’s two (2) days until the new year, I’m two months into this blogging journey and I’m enjoying it thus far. While I didn’t get to share as many book reviews here are a few things I’ve enjoyed this year.

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

Yes, sadly I didn’t get a chance to finish these books and I’m giving my self until the first quarter of 2021 to finish them:

Anxious People-Fedrik BackMan

Home Before Dark -Riley Sager

Memorial -Bryan Washington

The Wife Upstairs – Rachel Hawkins

This Time Next Year – Sophie Cousens

For Better and Worse -Margot Hunt

Have you already started making reading plans for 2021?

I kind of shocked myself with the number of books I read in 2020. According to my tracker, I’ve read 12 books when the plan was to cover at least 5. That’s pretty awesome for someone who is just starting out. I plan to read at least 20 Books in 2021. Wish me luck🙂.

What’s your favorite genre?

I love Self Help Books, A good Thriller, Detective Mystery are books I’ve found myself gravitated towards.

What were your favorite books if any?

I love everything Melinda Leigh- Those Morgan Dane Books were addictive. I also enjoyed reading Rose Carlyle The Girl in The Mirror and lastly Lisa Jewel -The Family Upstairs.

Do you have any books that you didn’t enjoy?

Yes, Wild Game – Andriene Brodeur was oddly disturbing.

If you could recommend any two book what would they be and why?

The Miracle Morning– Hal Elrod

30 Days Change Your Habit Change Your Life -Marc Reklau

I’d recommend these two books because they changed my life. They allowed me to look past what was blocking me in seeing my fullest potential. These books challenged my thoughts and ideals gave me a different and broader perspective on life. I was able to broaden my horizon gain a better understanding of who I truly am and what I can do. If you’re feeling stuck and want that added push I would recommend the two especially going into the new year. You can get both on your Kindle or purchase on Amazon.

Join the tag answer these questions in the comments and or your blog:

1.Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

2. Have you already started making reading plans for 2021?

3. What’s your favorite genre?

4. What were your favorite books if any?

5. Do you have any books that you didn’t enjoy?

6. If you could recommend any two books, what would they be and why?

Until next post….

Dee