The House on Tradd Street

The House on Tradd Street

Book - 2008
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The brilliant, chilling debut of Karen White's New York Times bestselling Tradd Street series, featuring a Charleston real estate agent who loves old houses'and the secret histories inside them. Practical Melanie Middleton hates to admit she can see ghosts. But she's going to have to accept it. An old man she recently met has died, leaving her his historic Tradd Street home, complete with housekeeper, dog'and a family of ghosts anxious to tell her their secrets. Enter Jack Trenholm, a gorgeous writer obsessed with unsolved mysteries. He has reason to believe that diamonds from the Confederate Treasury are hidden in the house. So he turns the charm on with Melanie, only to discover he's the smitten one. It turns out Jack's search has caught the attention of a malevolent ghost. Now, Jack and Melanie must unravel a mystery of passion, heartbreak'and even murder.
Publisher: New York : New American Library, 2008.
ISBN: 9780451225092
Characteristics: 339 p. ;,21 cm.


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Oct 06, 2019

I loved Karen White's The Sound of Glass so much that I read and reviewed it twice.

The House on Tradd Street is a nice transition between a traditional Lowcountry tale and the paranormal.

It is a somewhat improbable tale of a Realtor whose grandfather was law partners with the father of the elderly owner of a house on Tradd Street in Charleston, SC. Melanie Middleton becomes his sole heir after a one hour meeting. He believes the bequest is substantial enough to restore the house to its former glory. But, Melanie's best friend Sophia is addicted to historically accurate restoration and burns through the money fairly early in the process.

The book is a quick, easy blend of history, mystery, romance, and ghosts.

I enjoyed it enough to move directly to the sequel The Girl on Legare Street which is a clumsy paranormal story.

May 04, 2019

This wouldn't have been bad, but I just got too irritated with the other characters - best friend, secretary, love interest. I guess author wanted to introduce "colour" but they are caricaturish and highly presumptuous. This is a misogynistic book as well. It's not how adults behave either. Ugh.

Aug 10, 2017

Eh. Not that terrible, but not that great, either. Writing is pleasant, but the main character -- not so much. Mellie (I'd hate being called that, too) is pretty unpleasant to be around. She may have plenty of reason to be so abrasive, but still, I don't think I'll seek out her company again in the next book.

JCLRobinD Mar 21, 2017

If you enjoy southern mysteries with just a touch of the supernatural this book is for you...and there are 4 more books in the series after this one!

Oct 02, 2016

My first Karen White book. She writes with defined characters and witty dialogue. Interesting story.

Jun 02, 2016

First time reading Karen White.
will look for more of her books.

Aug 02, 2012

Read the beginning and the end but couldn't force myself to wade through the middle.

May 31, 2011

Very slow read, dragged out way more than it had to. I liked the tone in the beginning of the book, but once you figure out the end you lose interest.

ehbooklover Nov 17, 2010

Mystery, romance, and a ghost story all rolled into one. Slightly predictable characters and plot but still an enjoyable read.

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