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The Top 3 Modern Retellings of 'Jane Eyre' You Need to Read Now

*As fellow readers, we can promise you that there are no spoilers in this post*

If you haven't read 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Bronte, then you at least probably know and love someone who has. 'Jane Eyre' is a widely loved classic novel about a young woman that grew up as an orphan and never really found her place in the world. She is hired at Thornfield Hall where she will be working as an aide to Edward Rochester's ward, Adele. Jane is out of her element and quickly falls in love with Edward. Amidst her unexpected feelings toward Edward, Jane also realizes that there are secrets being kept in the house. Dun dun dun... This book is incredible, and what truly speaks to how great it is, is that many authors have followed in Bronte's footsteps and have written modern retellings of this story. Do you read romance? Thrillers? Fantasy? There is probably a retelling of this story for you.

Lets start with the most popular retellings of this novel:

Verity by Colleen Hoover

If you are on BookTok, Bookstagram, Facebook, or live anywhere that isn't under a rock, you have probably heard of this book. This retelling is romantic, suspenseful, dark, and let us tell you, it is not suitable for those under the age of 18. Truly a must read!

Moving on to the next book on our list:

The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins

The Wife Upstairs is also a very popular 'Jane Eyre' -esque type of book. It is a thriller with twists, turns, and an ending that will leave you wondering what the truth really is.

Here's an odd one for you:

The Wife Upstairs by Freida McFadden

Not to be confused with The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins, we now give you The Wife Upstairs by Freida McFadden. Never heard of Freida? You probably aren't on Kindle Unlimited then. Freida has become a popular thriller author on Kindle Unlimited, probably in part due to this novel right here. If you read Verity and then read this book, you will probably be thinking, "I just read the same book twice." The Wife Upstairs is almost a dead ringer for Verity, minus the smut and some of the darker materials. It is also worth mentioning that the endings are different. However, reading these two books makes you wonder which came first because they are oddly very similar. Both are worth the read in our opinion.

There you have it! We could give you a dozen 'Jane Eyre' similar novels, but these are the ones that are hot right now. If you are into the whole JE vibe like we are, here's a list of some novels to check out.

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Dark Companion by Marta Acosta

If you have read these, you know they leave some unanswered questions. Sound off in the comments on your thoughts on what really happened at the end of these novels!



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Sources: “Review: The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins | the Nerd Daily.” The Nerd Daily, 4 Jan. 2021,

“Review: Verity by Colleen Hoover | the Nerd Daily.” The Nerd Daily, 29 Jan. 2019,

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