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Author: Rachel Hawkins Narrator: Emily Shaffer, Kirby Heyborne, Lauren Fortgang Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2021 ISBN: 9781250752451
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A delicious twist on a Gothic classic, Rachel Hawkins’s The Wife Upstairs pairs Southern charm with atmospheric domestic suspense

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?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A sharp, fresh twist on a classic in this darkly funny, suspenseful story of murder, ambition, and love.”

    Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Compulsively readable…a gothic thriller laced with arsenic.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A delightfully surprising and suspenseful twist on Jane Eyre."

    Newsweek

  • “Consider us enthralled.”

    The Skimm

  • “This suspenseful domestic thriller will keep readers turning pages.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A January 2021 LibraryReads Pick
  • New York Times bestseller
  • An Indie Next List selection

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About the Author

Rachel Hawkins is the author of the Rebel Belle series and the Hex Hall series, as well as stand-alone novels. She taught high school English before becoming a full-time writer.

About the Narrators

Emily Shaffer is originally from West Virginia and earned her BFA in acting and dance from West Virginia University. She now lives in New York City.

Kirby Heyborne is a musician, actor, and professional narrator. Noted for his work in teen and juvenile audio, he has garnered over twenty Earphones Awards. His audiobook credits include Jesse Kellerman’s The Genius, Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, and George R. R. Martin’s Selections from Dreamsongs.

Lauren Fortgang, a graduate of Fordham University’s Theater Program, is an actress, costume designer, and narrator. She has recorded everything from video games to textbooks. Her audiobook narrations have earned AudioFile Earphones Awards and placed her as a finalist for an Audie Award in 2014.