Is the wife upstairs by Rachel Hawkins better than verity?

The whole time reading this I got major Deja Vu vibes. The plot and the characters seemed so similar.
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Book name: The Wife Upstairs

Author: Rachel Hawkins

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Genre: Thriller suspense

Pages: 304

If you read Verity by Colleen Hoover then you would like the wife upstairs by Rachel Hawkins

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The wife upstairs Synopsis:

Pulled from goodreads- Meet Jane. Newly arrived in 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?

The wife upstairs Characters: 

Jane is the main character, she has a dark past apparently but what main character doesn’t. She also jumped from one foster home to another

Eddie- lives in a suburban neighborhood and his wife recently was in an accident with her best friend. Thier bodies hasn’t been found yet to determine if they are both dead or not. 

Bea- Is Eddie’s wife and is missing. People assume she’s dead

Blanche- is Bea’s best friend and is missing as well. 

Tripp- is Blanche’s husband.

The wife upstairs review: 

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This was super similar to Verity by Colleen Hoover. It was hard not to point out the similarities between the two as you’re reading. Everything down to the characters and the plot. 

Jane is a dog walker who walks dogs in a fancy neighborhood. When I say fancy I mean these people are really wealthy. 

One day while walking the dogs, she meets Eddie. He accidentally backs his car into where she’s standing. 

It was her fault for being in the way gawking at the house like a weirdo. 

He apologizes and invites her into his home which I thought was a little forward. Because If I accidentally backed into a stranger on my own driveway, I’d say sorry but I would also just keep it pushing.  

And Jane just accepts it like sure even though I don’t know you at all, I will enter your home. 

They had coffee and the next day Eddie bought a dog just so Jane would have an excuse to come by his house again. 


I understand he should be allowed to move on after losing his wife but please Sir, breathe for a second. 

Needless to say they started dating immediately and next thing you know she moved into his home. 

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Jane and Eddie’s relationship 

I’m not sure what to common on about their relationship. She literally moved in way too quick, I didn’t feel any romance or sparks from them at all. It didn’t seem like they liked each other. 

Jane was more interested in his money and what it can do for her. Jane always felt threatened by Bea’s presence in the home. 

She was trying so hard to fit into Bea’s friend group and wanting them to like her. She even got jealous thinking of Bea and Eddie’s relationship. 

That was really annoying because you’re already “in” what more do you want out of this. 

At one point she even started dressing like Bea. 

Superrr Verity and Lowen vibes. 

Not to mention she was hearing sounds from upstairs. 

The wife upstairs 

In the middle of the book we get Bea’s POV showing that Eddie locked her away. And he wasn’t speaking to her at all. 

Insinuating that he must’ve been the one to kill Blanche if Bea was still alive and held hostage upstairs. 

Bea and Blanche were at the lake together when it was reported that they were both missing. 

And with Bea alive It could only be suspected that Blanche wasn’t. 

So of course like any sane reader I pointed the fingers at Eddie and I was wondering what his intentions were with Jane. Their relationship felt like an exchange and we know Jane was getting money and a home out of it. A life she could only dream of but what about Eddie? What was he getting out of it?

The Ending

Jane really surprised me in the end. I really thought she wouldn’t do the right thing in letting Bea out. I had PTSD from what Lowen and Jeremy did in Verity, I thought Jane would do the same. 

But she showed that she had a heart. 

In the end I actually felt bad for Eddie, He was just doing what he thought was right. And I like to think that he and Bea were able to get away. 

Eddie left Jane pretty much everything that he and Bea built together. The money, the assets, everything. Not that she deserves it. 

The Wife Upstairs Quotes

“I’ve learned the hard way that wanting more is what fucks you in the end.” 

Rachel Hawkins (The Wife Upstairs)

Didn’t seem that Jane learned anything with how much she was always wanting. 

“Gossip is tricky, slippery. Pretend to be too interested, and suddenly you look suspicious” 

Rachel Hawkins (The Wife Upstairs)

Jane was always talking about how the women in Bea’s friend group were gossipy but she was just the same as them.

Common Questions: Might be Spoilers!!

Is there Romance in The Wife upstairs?

Yes there is. With Eddie Rochester and Jane. 

Is Bea actually dead?

No. She is alive, Eddie locked her upstairs in a secret room.

Is The wife upstairs similar to Verity?

Yes. Incredibly similar. If you love Verity you will love this novel. 

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