Thursday, January 14, 2010

Review -- The House on Tradd Street

The House on Tradd Street
by Karen White
Published by New American Library, 2008
329 pages

Summary: Melanie inherits an old historical house filled with secrets. The only problem is that she hates old houses and the ghosts that haunt the house want her to solve an old mystery. With the help of family, friends, and a possible love interest, Melanie begins to restore the house and bring closure to the past.

Review: Karen White writes a fun detective story with a paranormal twist. Melanie is an obsessive compulsive perfectionist whose is unable to come to terms with her complicated childhood. She is an interesting character whose heart comes across the page, making her a heroine you can root for. The mystery unfolds nicely, keeping the reader entertained and guessing. I wasn't really impressed with the romantic portions of the book as Melanie stumbles to choose the right guy for her. The reader easily can see the villain of the book, whereas it takes the main character too long to connect the dots. Rating: *** out of 5

*** Barney's Online Book Club will be discussing The House on Tradd Street on Sunday, January 24th. All are welcome to join us!

1 comment:

Sue Jackson said...

It sounds pretty good. I don't think I'll be able to squeeze this one in before your discussion, though. I'm still at the start of a 500-page book I have to read for my book group next Wednesday, then I have another one the following week!