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Audiobook Review: The Wife Upstairs


Title: The Wife Upstairs

Author: Rachel Hawkins

Narrators: Emily Shaffer; Kirby Heyborne; Lauren Fortgang

Release Date: January 5th, 2021

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Find it here: Goodreads


Synopsis from Goodreads: 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?


My Review: There a couple things about this book that are fantastically done. The southern gothic atmosphere of the book was very well done and left a creepy feeling behind. The twists in the book were great and very well done as well. I definitely didn't see things turning up the way they did. I didn't love Jane though, she was a bit naïve and at some points a little ridiculous. She showed her age quite a bit and just seemed lost. I understand the point of the lost part but I think she could have been a little smarter of a character. I like Eddie though, even more toward the end of the book. Overall this was a good thriller that I really enjoyed. I have to knock a star off though because the ending didn't completely work for me. I do think this one is worth the read, or listen if you enjoy audiobooks. The narrators do a fantastic job with this one!


*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All opinions are my own.*

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