BLOG TOUR – The wife upstairs by Rachel Hawkins

Thank you to Anne @ RandomThingsTours and the author and @HarperFiction for my gifted ebook via NetGalley. All opinions are honest and my own.


A girl looking for love…
When Jane, a broke dog-walker newly arrived in town, meets Eddie Rochester, she can’t believe her luck. Eddie is handsome, rich and lives alone in a beautiful mansion since the tragic death of his beloved wife a year ago.

A man who seems perfect…
Eddie can give Jane everything she’s always wanted: stability, acceptance, and a picture-perfect life.

A wife who just won’t stay buried…
But what Jane doesn’t know is that Eddie is keeping a secret – a big secret. And when the truth comes out, the consequences are far more deadly than anyone could ever have imagined…

My Review

Right from the opening sentence I knew this was going to be a great book. Then we meet Jane or at least that is the name she gives.

Jane is a dog Walker for residents in a gated community. The women who live there reminded me of (insert any from the housewife’s of ….series) wealthy, shallow gossipy creatures that are style over substance. Jane covets what they have and often helps herself to things they won’t notice are missing.

While out walking a residents dog and staring at her favourite house she narrowly avoids being hit by a sports car driven by none other than the dashing Eddie Rochester. Soon the gossip wheel is spinning out the tale of the death of his perfect wife Bea, her body never recovered from the scene of the accident. However, after a life spent in foster care and running from her past Jane wants the life Eddie can provide.

Jane is a character I totally got on board with, she makes no apologies for her wants or how she intends to go about getting them. She has a mouth like a sewer and is devious and manipulative. You know the saying you can’t kid a kidder, this applies heavily as I often wondered who was really playing who.

A modern interpretation of Jane Eyre with hints of Rebecca don’t be fooled in to thinking you know the story. Women aren’t quite as feeble anymore.

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 with her husband and son. The Wife Upstairs is her first adult novel.

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Don’t forget to check out all the other blogger’s thoughts on the tour. Happy reading!

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Book reader and tea drinker. Lover of psychological thrillers and original stories that are thought provoking. Open to review requests please email

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