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  1 The Wife Upstairs: A Novel
Author: Hawkins, Rachel
 
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Class: Fiction
Age: Adult
Language: English
Demand: Hot
LC: PS3608.A


Print Run: 100000
ISBN-13: 9781250245496
LCCN: 2020035334
Imprint: St. Martin's Press
Pub Date: 01/05/2021
Availability: Available
List: $27.99
  Hardcover
Physical Description: 290 pages ; 25 cm H 9.57", W 6.36", D 1.08", 1.04 lbs.
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Brodart Sources: Brodart's Insight Catalog: Adult
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TIPS Subjects: Suspense/Thriller
Romance
BISAC Subjects: FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense
FICTION / Gothic
FICTION / Women
LC Subjects: Love stories
Murder, Fiction
Wives, Fiction
SEARS Subjects: Gothic novels
Mystery fiction
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Annotations
Brodart's TOP Adult Titles | 09/01/2020
Publisher Annotation: 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? 304pp., 100K
Journal Reviews
Booklist | 12/01/2020
In her adult debut, YA author Hawkins (Royals, 2018) twists together the suspense and storytelling of Jane Eyre with the atmosphere, tension, and odd characters of a Southern-gothic novel into a tale of a young woman trying to escape her past. Jane walks the dogs of the rich socialites of Birmingham's Thornfield Estates, understanding she's an outsider. That is, until she meets Eddie Rochester. Eddie can give her everything she ever wanted. But as they prepare to marry, the death of Eddie's first wife, Bea, and her best friend, Blanche, hangs over them, until Jane discovers that Bea may not be as much a part of Eddie's past as she'd thought. The bleak setting provides the appropriate mood to each of Jane's discoveries, leading to well-plotted surprises that may not be entirely shocking, especially for fans of Charlotte Bronte's work. First-person narration by Jane allows for a slow reveal of her past, and occasional perspectives from other characters provide clues to their motivations. An altogether sinister novel that will make readers of Jennifer McMahon, Ruth Ware, and Donna Tartt shudder. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Expect a lot of media coverage of (and therefore a lot of demand for) this Southern-gothic Jane Eyre adaptation. Tracy Babiasz. AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, c2020.
Library Journal | 01/08/2021
In children's author Hawkins's first adult novel, Jane is a wanderer. Newly arrived in Birmingham, AL, she walks dogs for the rich and sometimes famous residents of Thornfield Estates. Jane both envies and despises the women she works for. To them, she is invisible. Luckily for Jane, that means they won't notice her habit of pocketing their jewelry or bother to wonder if Jane is her real name. When Jane meets Eddie, she sees the opportunity of a lifetime. Handsome, rich, and widowed, Eddie Rochester is Jane's ticket into a normal life. However, the further Jane molds herself to fit into Eddie's world of wealth and glamour, the more she is tormented by the memory of Bea Rochester. As Jane digs further, the circumstances of Bea's death start to slowly morph into a complete picture, but not before Jane gets caught in the middle of a battle already raging. VERDICT 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. Recommended for all library mystery collections. Carmen Clark, Elkhart Public Library, IN. 304p. Library Journal Web Exclusive. LIBRARY JOURNAL, c2021.
Library Journal Prepub Alert | 06/17/2020
Impecunious Jane walks dogs in glamorous Thornfield Estates, hiding her true identity and lifting the occasional shiny bauble from her rich clients. Then she falls for rich, stormy Eddie Rochester, whose gorgeous, brand-name-touting first wife, Bea, drowned in a boating accident. Yes, a contemporary Southern gothic Jane Eyre from New York Times best-selling YA author Hawkins, taking her first chance with adult fiction. With a 100,000-copy first printing. Barbara Hoffert. 304p. LJ Prepub Alert Online Review. LIBRARY JOURNAL, c2020.
Publishers Weekly | 09/28/2020
YA author Hawkins (Her Royal Highness) makes her adult debut with this spirited reboot of Jane Eyre. Shortly after starting to walk dogs in tony Thornfield Estates, a gated community in Birmingham, Ala., the penniless young woman calling herself Jane meets dashing recent widower Eddie Rochester-whose wealthy wife, Bea Mason, went missing and was presumed drowned in a boating mishap, along with her BFF Blanche Ingraham, six months earlier. Sparks fly, but plain Jane has a tough time living up to the legend of the glamorous Bea, who created the Southern Manors lifestyle brand. Then Blanche's body is found, and it's clear from the massive skull fracture that her death was no accident. As the police reopen their probe, an increasingly concerned Jane starts investigating Bea's fate and what part, if any, Eddie played. Hawkins shows real wit in outsider Jane's sharp-eyed take on the entitled ladies of Thornfield Estates, but the mercenarily motivated characters will put off some readers. Nonetheless, this suspenseful domestic thriller will keep readers turning the pages. Agent: Holly Root, Root Literary. (Jan.). 304p. PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, c2020.
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