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Rachel Hawkins

Author of Hex Hall

26+ Works 13,365 Members 878 Reviews 7 Favorited

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Works by Rachel Hawkins

Hex Hall (2010) 2,455 copies
The Ex Hex (2021) 1,690 copies
The Wife Upstairs (2021) 1,583 copies
Demonglass (2011) 1,398 copies
Reckless Girls (2022) 987 copies
Spell Bound (2012) 874 copies
Rebel Belle (2014) 862 copies
The Kiss Curse (2022) 564 copies
The Villa (2023) 541 copies
School Spirits (2013) 483 copies
Her Royal Highness (2019) 469 copies
Prince Charming (2018) 458 copies
Miss Mayhem (2015) 318 copies
The Heiress (2024) 260 copies
Lady Renegades (2016) 198 copies

Associated Works

Grim (2014) — Contributor — 238 copies
Defy the Dark (2013) — Contributor — 88 copies
Two Tales Dark and Grim: The Key / The Brothers Piggett (2014) — Contributor — 13 copies

Reviews

"There is a trick to spinning lies...you have to embed the truth in there."
Jane Eyre rewritten: Jane as a cynical envious, devious kleptomaniac, Mr. Rochester as Eddie, the contractor with a mysterious past/possible murderer, and Mrs Rochester as a southern belle/mogul. While it sometimes reads like a Harlequin Romance, it held my attention. The last 10% had a bit of a convoluted twist. Therefore, 4 out of 5 stars.
 
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Chrissylou62 | 80 other reviews | Apr 11, 2024 |
Honestly a bit of a disappointment.
 
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mutantpudding | 54 other reviews | Mar 23, 2024 |
Rachel Hawkins weaves her compelling tale from the vocal strands of matriarch Ruby McTavish, her adopted son Camden, and Camden's wife Jules. It doesn't take long after readers arrive at Ashby House to realize that they've fallen into a den of vipers... and that everyone's motives should be suspect.

The Heiress reminds me of one of my favorite mystery tropes: is this person the true heir? DNA tests have killed that favorite of mine, but it still lives on in books like Josephine Tey's Brat Farrar and to a tiny degree, here. After all, the McTavishes who've stayed at Ashby House would like nothing better than to take every penny of Camden's inheritance away from him, and they're not too picky about how they do it.

One of the highlights of the book is the letters Ruby wrote to Camden. Her words prove her to be strong, sympathetic, and devious. Those letters, combined with occasional newspaper articles, are the backbone of The Heiress, and they define a fascinating character.

To one remote, beautiful mansion, add a hornet's nest of characters, and some delicious plot twists. What do you get? A wonderful story that you can't read fast enough. After enjoying The Heiress so much, I know that I'll be reading more from Rachel Hawkins.
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cathyskye | 33 other reviews | Mar 17, 2024 |
I didn’t give it a four because I didn’t feel it was a retelling but more so a good story using elements of a great story. While I understand this to be a contemporary retelling, some stories are not meant to be brought into a contemporary setting and can lose luster by uber fans of the originals. I decided to restart the story after 7 chapters and remove Jane Eyre from my thinking all together. If I didn’t, this would have been 2 stars.

That said, I enjoyed this story. It was a story I did not want to put down. There were a few plot twist, some I should have known were coming and some I absolutely had no clue would take place. I could have done without all the F bombs and wish authors would understand an F bomb doesn’t make you an adult writer.

After discussing the book with friends I wanted to look at what could cast similarities between stories. I look back at the literature study I did back in my forst round of college.

To me, Jane is two totally different people in each story. The only similarity being the name and having a rough upbringing. I find the original Jane much stronger.

I don’t feel John is represented in the same way and is just a way to smug the Christian view as a lot of books are doing now a days. I do think the original St John is a little grimy and off, not as saint like as many try to make the would be missionary out to be. In this “retelling”, John is made to be thought of someone who would harm or sexually advance on Jane without her permission when in the original, St John’s morals would not allow him to do such things. This all said, the character could surround the grimy cousin John Reed, in which suit would fit the grim he portrayed towards a young Jane. But it feels like they are trying to mix the two.

Making Adele a dog made me laugh ...

As you can see, I am a fan of the original much more than the new story but enjoyed The Wife Upstairs enough to keep it on my shelves and reread it at some point.
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mybookloveobsession | 80 other reviews | Mar 12, 2024 |

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Rating
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