Wife Upstairs
Rachel Hawkins, Read by Emily Shaffer, Kirby Heyborne and Lauren Fortgang

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Narrated By: Emily Shaffer, Kirby Heyborne, Lauren Fortgang

Duration: 8 hours and 40 minutes

What to expect

The Top 10 New York Times bestseller

‘I was completely blown away by The Wife Upstairs. This is a compulsive, irresistible retelling of Jane Eyre with a modern, noir twist – and wow, does it work’ Samantha Downing, bestselling author of My Lovely Wife

Stylist’s best paperbacks of 2021

Hello Magazine’s best new books released in 2021

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…

A delicious twist on a Gothic classic, The Wife Upstairs is perfect for fans of Lucy Foley, Ruth Ware and Shari Lapena.

‘Really fun update of Jane Eyre that’s also deeply satisfying’ Stylist

‘A sharp, fresh twist on a classic in this darkly funny, suspenseful story of murder, ambition, and love. Creepy and fast-paced…kept me on the edge of my seat from the first page to the very last’ bestselling author Megan Miranda 

The Wife Upstairs is everything I’d hoped—sharp, smart, tricky and fast-paced’ Kelly Harms, author of The Overdue Life of Amy Byler

‘Lightening paced, twisty, and great fun’ Jessica Knoll, bestselling author of Luckiest Girl Alive

What readers are saying about The Wife Upstairs

‘I couldn’t put this book down! Read it in a day!'

The Wife Upstairs has set the standard for this year's thrillers'

‘This was a definite page turner of a novel'

‘Will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final page'

‘A must read book full of OMG moments'

‘I felt for sure that I was going to bite my nails off while reading this'

Escapism at its finest. A five star read'

Genre

Psychological thriller, Romantic suspense, Crime & mystery: women sleuths, Contemporary lifestyle fiction

Listen to a sample

‘I was completely blown away by The Wife Upstairs. This is a compulsive, irresistible retelling of Jane Eyre with a modern, noir twist – and wow, does it work. Get this one on your 2021 list’ Samantha Downing, USA Today bestselling author of My Lovely Wife

‘Really fun update of Jane Eyre that’s also deeply satisfying’ Stylist

‘Rachel Hawkins delivers a sharp, fresh twist on a classic in this darkly funny, suspenseful story of murder, ambition, and love. Creepy and fast-paced, The Wife Upstairs kept me on the edge of my seat from the first page to the very last’ bestselling author Megan Miranda 

‘The Wife Upstairs is everything I’d hoped—sharp, smart, tricky and fast-paced. Rachel Hawkins’ debut thriller puts you in the steps of an outsider, an insider, and an imposter, but which is which? You won’t know til you’re up way too late turning the final pages’ Kelly Harms, author of The Overdue Life of Amy Byler

‘Lightening paced, twisty, and great fun’ Jessica Knoll, New York Times bestselling author of Luckiest Girl Alive

‘This novel sings with homage to Jane Eyre, but with a domestic noir twist – and I loved it’ Woman’s Way

‘An altogether sinister novel’ Booklist

‘Will keep readers turning pages’ Publishers Weekly

‘Deliciously gothic’ Shelf Awareness