The Girl on Legare Street – Karen White

Title: The Girl on Legare Street
Author: Karen White
ISBN: 9780451227997
Pages: 352
Release Date: November 3, 2009
Publisher: NAL Trade
Genre: Mystery, Contemporary Fiction
Source: Publisher
Rating: 5 out of 5

Summary:

Karen White returns to the characters introduced in The House on Tradd Street for another spine tingling mystery.  This time, Melanie’s mother (who abandoned her when she was seven years old) has returned to Charleston, and though Melanie wants nothing to do with her, it doesn’t look like she’s going to get her way.  After all, Melanie inherited her ability to see and communicate with ghosts from her mother, and it seems that the ghosts are acting up again.  This time, it’s a malevolent force that seems to be fixed on Melaine.  Together, along with the deliciously irritating Jack Trenholm, Melanie and her mother must figure out who the ghost is and why it wants to hurt Melanie.

Review:

The House on Tradd Street was one of my favorite reads in 2008, so my expectations for The Girl on Legare Street were incredibly high.  I didn’t know how Karen White (who is one of my favorite authors – see my reviews of The Lost Hours, The Memory of Water and The Color of Light) could even come close to what I wanted this book to be – yet somehow she beat my expectations.  I can’t say enough amazing things about her and the amazingness that is The Girl on Legare Street.

The best part of The Girl on Legare Street is the mystery, along with the ghost story aspect.  While this is by no means a scary book, it is definitely haunting.  It’s not a book to read by yourself on a dark and stormy night (or maybe it is, if you enjoy that sort of thing).  White is very careful not to turn the ghosts into something cliché or cheesy.  They make the novel deliciously creepy.

The mystery is incredibly intriguing.  Like the best mysteries, it was carefully constructed and well-written.  White clearly thought it through before putting pen to paper; when Melanie and Jack are trying to figure out what is happening, they peel back each carefully crafted layer of the mystery, only to find something even more puzzling underneath.  The suspense in this novel is absolutely wonderful and really keeps the reader hooked.

Melanie and Jack were as wonderful as ever in The Girl on Legare Street.  Part of the reason I have enjoyed these novels so much is because I adore the character of Melanie.  She can be difficult and frustrating, but she is real.  When I opened this novel, it felt like I was revisiting with an old friend.  I loved learning more about her and her history.  Additionally, the chemistry between Melanie and Jack was absolutely delicious – part of me wanted them to get it over with and just admit that they’re in love, but I also enjoy the teasing and tension that comes from not.  It says something when characters are so well written that you genuinely care about them and think about them after the novel has ended.

You don’t have to read The House on Tradd Street to enjoy and appreciate The Girl on Legare Street.  Karen White does a marvelous job of both informing new readers and reminding returning readers of what happened in that book.  However, I still highly recommend that readers pick up The House on Tradd Street first.  The fact is, it’s an amazing book that you shouldn’t miss, and you will also miss out on some great character development if you don’t read it.

I can’t praise Karen White or The Girl on Legare Street enough.  I’ve read a lot of her books, and I highly recommend each and every one of them.  She consistently delivers entertaining and well-written reads that are completely addicting.  I already cannot wait to read her next novel.

Comments

  1. I haven’t heard of Karen White before, but your passionate review has made me take notice! I’ve added Tradd Street to my wish list – I hope I can find a copy soon! Thank you for drawing her to my attention!

  2. I haven’t heard of Karen White before, but your passionate review has made me take notice! I’ve added Tradd Street to my wish list – I hope I can find a copy soon! Thank you for drawing her to my attention!

  3. I, too, love Karen White’s writing. I’ll be reviewing this book in the coming months; I can’t wait to get to it!

  4. I, too, love Karen White’s writing. I’ll be reviewing this book in the coming months; I can’t wait to get to it!

  5. Wow! 5 stars! I have both of these books and now it looks like I definitely need to read them!

  6. Wow! 5 stars! I have both of these books and now it looks like I definitely need to read them!

  7. So glad to hear how much you liked this. I just skimmed your review because I have both books here and plan to read them sooner than later.

  8. So glad to hear how much you liked this. I just skimmed your review because I have both books here and plan to read them sooner than later.

  9. I just sort of skimmed as I’ll be reading both books in this series this month, but now I’m even MORE excited that you loved it so much!

    How did I not know about Karen White before you reviewed “The Lost Hours”?

  10. I just sort of skimmed as I’ll be reading both books in this series this month, but now I’m even MORE excited that you loved it so much!

    How did I not know about Karen White before you reviewed “The Lost Hours”?

  11. I’m so excited to see that you loved this book. I got to meet Karen White very briefly at SIBA and she is just a lovely person. I can’t wait to read this now. Oh, how I wish I could read like you do.

  12. I’m so excited to see that you loved this book. I got to meet Karen White very briefly at SIBA and she is just a lovely person. I can’t wait to read this now. Oh, how I wish I could read like you do.

  13. Love your website just stumbled upon it as I was looking for a new YA/fantasy book. This book sounds like a must read. Thanks for the recommendation. I’m currently reading a really fun, magical adventure book called “Sea Clearwater” (author Selene Cardenas). It’s written by a teenager with a great imagination and gift for writing.

  14. Love your website just stumbled upon it as I was looking for a new YA/fantasy book. This book sounds like a must read. Thanks for the recommendation. I’m currently reading a really fun, magical adventure book called “Sea Clearwater” (author Selene Cardenas). It’s written by a teenager with a great imagination and gift for writing.

  15. HIGH time!! i really need to read her books!

  16. HIGH time!! i really need to read her books!

  17. I look forward to reading this book soon! Glad you enjoyed it so much!

  18. I look forward to reading this book soon! Glad you enjoyed it so much!

  19. I still haven’t gotten around to reading The House on Tradd Street yet. I love books set in Charleston. My brother lived there for a while when he was in the Navy and I visited several times. Good to hear this one get such high praise from you. Makes me want to get to The House on Tradd Street that much sooner.

  20. I still haven’t gotten around to reading The House on Tradd Street yet. I love books set in Charleston. My brother lived there for a while when he was in the Navy and I visited several times. Good to hear this one get such high praise from you. Makes me want to get to The House on Tradd Street that much sooner.

  21. Glad to hear you loved this one, as I’ll be starting it very soon!

    –Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

  22. Glad to hear you loved this one, as I’ll be starting it very soon!

    –Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

  23. wow…loved reading The House on Tradd Street…instantly fell in love with Mellie & Jack. Couldn’t wait to read The Girl on Legare St (which I just finished)…I feel like I know Mellie & Jack and can’t wait to see the next book..and see where these 2 characters go…love love Karen White. NOW, can anyone explain the ending?? that threw me for a loop. :)

  24. wow…loved reading The House on Tradd Street…instantly fell in love with Mellie & Jack. Couldn’t wait to read The Girl on Legare St (which I just finished)…I feel like I know Mellie & Jack and can’t wait to see the next book..and see where these 2 characters go…love love Karen White. NOW, can anyone explain the ending?? that threw me for a loop. :)

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