Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The House on Tradd Street (Tradd Street, #1)” as Want to Read:
The House on Tradd Street (Tradd Street, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The House on Tradd Street (Tradd Street #1)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  9,481 ratings  ·  1,108 reviews
A brilliant, chilling series debut, 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
Paperback, 329 pages
Published November 4th 2008 by NAL (first published 2008)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The House on Tradd Street, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The House on Tradd Street

The Help by Kathryn StockettTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeThe Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk KiddFried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie FlaggGarden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
Quirky Southern Fiction
47th out of 616 books — 1,608 voters
The Shining by Stephen KingThe Haunting of Hill House by Shirley JacksonA Christmas Carol by Charles DickensHeart-Shaped Box by Joe HillGhost Story by Peter Straub
Ghost Stories
38th out of 798 books — 1,316 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
The opening of the book caused me to fear that White had aspirations toward Literature:

Pewter reflections of scarlet hibiscus colored the dirt-smudged windows of the old house, like happy memories of youth trapped inside the shell of an old man. The broken pediments... And there are immediate intimations of Dark Family Secrets, parental abandonment, etc that have left our protagonists alone, rootless, approaching middle age.

But this fear was unfounded. Literary pretensions exhausted, White quic
Nov 05, 2008 Serena rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anna horner, suey
Karen White's The House on Tradd Street is part romance, part ghost story, part mystery. The narration of this novel grips the reader with its beautiful descriptions of South Carolina and the historic neighborhoods of Charleston. Melanie Middleton specializes in historic home sales, though she hates historic homes and believes those who buy historic homes are saps willing to waste thousands of dollars on renovations. Fate brings her into the home of Mr. Vanderhorst, who asks Melanie if she saw a ...more
Diane S.
I enjoyed these Tradd Street house reads. Good mixture of romantic suspense, secrecy reveals and the past coming alive to influence the future.
Feb 27, 2009 Sara rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Sara by: Gwen
4.5 stars. This book was beautifully written and had a great plot that kept me interested. Melanie is a realtor in Charleston whose specialty is selling historical houses; she, however, does not like these old houses because she has always had the unwanted ability to see ghosts, who assemble in greater numbers around historical places. When a client dies and surprises Melanie by leaving her his entire estate, Melanie is forced to live in the old house and work on restoring it while doing her bes ...more
Becky Morlok
Reading this book was like being 12-years old again (with more adult themes of course) and disappearing into a Nancy Drew book. This was my second Karen White book (On Folly Beach was the first - 5*'s), both perfect summer reads. I was dreading the finish of Tradd Street as I would miss this pleasure - until I realized at the end that she included the first chapter A SEQUEL: The Girl on Legere Street. OH YES! My fingers immediately located it on!

I signed up for White's mailing list, F
Feb 27, 2009 bookczuk rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to bookczuk by: Kathie DuTremble
This book was given to me by a non-reader friend, who is a friend of the author. She was very excited to recommend a book to me, yet also apologetic that it probably wasn't "the kind of thing you usually read" (Ha! She's obviously never taken a look at my eclectic shelf!)

There were things I both liked and didn't like about the book. Liked that it was set in Charleston, in an area that is within a block of where javaczuk works. And that the two main houses mentioned were on streets I'm really fam
The House on Tradd Street
4 Stars

Melanie Middleton is a no-nonsense real estate agent who just happens to see ghosts. Melanie has always managed to push her unusual ability aside until the day she inherits a dilapidated old house from an old man she barely knew. All of sudden, Melanie becomes the center of attention not only from a gorgeous writer obsessed with old mysteries and a wealthy tycoon with connections to the house, but from a pair of spirits who may or may not have malevolent intention
Barely readable. But that might just be me. I know - to my horror and disgust - that there is a market for pseudo-ghost-story-romance-Southern-literature.
Mellie is a Modern Woman with daddy issues (alcoholic ne'er-do-well) AND mommy issues (abandonment).
Also, she happens to see/communicate with ghosts, in a consistent and improbable way (conversations).
Also, she sells old houses, even though old houses make her want to retch from the layers of ghost droppings, and she cannot even touch an old
I don’t usually write reviews but this time my head is spinning.

Where to start?

First: editor. Is it that difficult or expensive to find one? The book is full of inconsistencies like drinks changing from one minute to the next or they being in the car and next line somewhere else.
And she complains about losing sight, (in a word she can’t see an elephant if it steps on her toe) but refuses to wear glasses. Still, that’s not a problem to read all kind of letters, diaries and articles.
I won’t commen
Ivonne Rovira
The House on Tradd Street is a decent enough mystery, if not a great one. The characters, other than Nevin Vanderhorst, never rise above two dimensions. Real-estate agent Melanie Middleton will strike some as a bit dense when, torn between two men, she cannot discern which one is trustworthy and which is not. Long before our protagonists, readers will determine the identity of the menacing ghost on the second floor and guess the final whereabouts of Louisa Vanderhorst and Joseph Longo; however, ...more
This is mystery novel with a house as a major theme within the book. The main character Melanie Middleton inherits a historical house located in Charleston, SC on Tradd Street and it is in need of being renovated, and it also has some unsettled deceased occupants that need to be released from this world. Melanie has the ability to interpret what the ghost are in need of little by little to help them on their way. There isn't anything scary, well not much, about the ghost. What I really loved abo ...more
Molli Fanchar
This book was the first book I had ever read by Karen White and it ultimately cemented my love for her books.
The main character Melanie 'Mellie' Middleton is a real-estate agent in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. The only catch is that she hates showing the houses in the older district of town because of the invisible 'guests' that come with them. She sees ghosts as hard as she tries to deny, there's just no escaping it. Along with Jack Trenholm, a handsome writer of historical mysteries, s
Given that I purchased this book at a Friends of the Library booksale for a dollar (Don't you just love their book sales?), I would say that this book was well worth the investment. That being said, I don't think I'll be running out to pay full price for the next installment of the Melanie-series that is apparently scheduled to be released later this year. Perhaps I will check it out of the library.

After finishing the book, I did a little research on other books that she had previously written.
This book is rife with so many issues and themes that it could have easily become a tangled, unreadable mess. The fact that Karen White was able to deftly handle each and every plot is a testament to her talent as a writer. She was able to tackle everything from ghosts (both of the benevolent and evil varieties) to treasure, betrayals, love, abandonment, and even how one goes about restoring an old house to its former splendor.

Through all of that, White managed to create characters that are dee
I didn't care much for this book. When I read it, it kept me interested but after I finished it I realized I didn't even want to read the sequel. The characters did very little for me. They felt like stale stereotypes that I had read about before except with different names.
The main character: A repressed, uptight workaholic.
Main character's best friend: A carefree hippie who tries to loosen main character up.
Possible love interest: Charming, handsome rogue fond of making innuendoes. Main charac
I chose this book for the setting - Charleston, South Carolina. I had just been there for vacation and I wanted something to take me back. For a short book, this was a long, long read. The scanty morsels of familiar geography or local history were difficult to subsist on. The “mystery” seemed obvious from the beginning, but it was not until the last 50+/- pages that the author allowed the discovery of sufficient pieces of the puzzle. All the facts come together in a jumble, because our heroine, ...more
Ridiculously charming. I certainly can't get enough of these characters, these houses entrenched in Southern history and the mysteries that go along with them. Add the paranormal flair possessed by the main character, with all of her endearing anal retentive behaviors to boot, and you've got a Special Shelf series in the making. I am reserving my judgement until I continue with the series.

There were a few, though very few weak moments for me. It took me a little while to get into the first chapt
Lisa Kay
(This is a review of the audiobook.) Deliciously narrated by Aimée Bruneau. ...more
Erika Gill
I am not really big on mystery novels. This is not to say I can't enjoy a good mystery in a novel. I just cannot handle it when the entire plot of a novel revolves around not knowing a bunch of very important things. I also loathe really obvious foreshadowing and poorly dealt out clues. Of course, these things can all be present in non -genre novels too. What was I saying? Oh yeah, this book had a lot of issues, but I liked it. I'm a huge sucker for the Southern small town secretsy society old b ...more
Meaghan (phillipnmeaghan) moos
So this was my second attempt at a Karen White book. I gave up when I tried to read The Lost Hours. This one was much better. I figured out what I don't like about her books though: Her female main characters. They are nerdy, uptight, sexually immature, middle-age women. Not saying I'm super cool or something but I seriously cannot relate to them on any level. Thankfully the other characters make up for it. One other problem, she needs a better editor! I found a few errors and I kinda skim read ...more
Nov 22, 2013 Mandy rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: NO ONE, EVER
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
This is the second book by Karen White that I have read, and I expect it will be the last as my complaints of the first are the same for this novel.

First off--great mystery. She crafts a tight and creative plot. The plot kept me reading and engaged, but the characters just seemed flat...I cared about the mystery, but never the characters.

White clearly thinks the south is superior to the north, and I really just wanted to say, "hey the war is OVER." I felt this bias got in the way of the charac
My problem with this book was not that I particularly disliked the story, but that I could not stand the main character, Melanie. There were many reasons for this not the least of which was that she ate doughnuts and desserts all day but somehow remained skinny. That's reason enough to hate anyone. Additionally, she was naive, whiny, name it. And for some reason, the author wants to subject me to a sequel so that I can discover more of her annoying personality traits. I think I'll p ...more
Good enjoyable, entertaining read but not a wow book. Also, White's male/female characters seem to always have a love hate relationship. Maybe that works with young protagonist...but middle-aged ones not so much. Instead the characters just come off as being childish and immature.
4.25 Basically whipped through this book, it was great. Excellent characters, a bit of romance, lots of ghosts, southern charm and a great mystery. That's a lot packed into 300+ pages.

Narration was excellent, not quite Dick Hill but definitely worth listening to.
Small Review
Really enjoyed this one!

Full review at Small Review

I picked this one up from the $1 bin too and was hoping it would fill the Restorer void for me. Inherited old houses (which are right up there with discovering treasure), ghosts, hidden diamonds, and a generational mystery were enough to make me say YES PLEASE. Prickly Mellie, oh so charming Jack and aw-inducing family moments cinched the deal.

Plus, I have to mention the house again because it's practically a character itself. I thoroughly enjoy
Isabelle Hunt
So far I'm not liking this book...

The main character is so whiny and complains every single page about every little thing that should not matter. How many times has she been "angry" or "annoyed"? It seems like every time someone does something, she gets annoyed. Why is everyone even around to help her? If I knew someone like Melanie, I would run very, very far away. Whenever I read this book, I'm in a bad mood because Melanie always seems to be. I just cannot seem to like her.

Also, I hate this t
I'm writing this several weeks after I finished it and as I am reading (well, listening to, anyway) the second book, so some of my details may be fuzzy.

A lot of people had a problem with Melanie's whining in this book, but I get it and didn't have a problem with it. She's a control freak and was made that way because her mother left her at a young age with a father who was alcoholic and clearly not responsible enough to take care of a young child. That will screw you up. No, my problem with Mela
"Practical minded Realtor Melanie Middleton hates to admit - even to herself- that she can see ghosts. But she's going to have to accept it, because an old man she met just days ago has died, leaving Melanie his historic Tradd Street home, complete with a housekeeper, a dog and a family of ghosts anxious to tell her something. Enter Jack Trenholm, a gorgeous writer obsessed with unsolved mysteries. He has reason to believe that some diamonds that went missing from the Confederate treasury a cent ...more
Some people have that special 'gift' to be able to see dead people, and Melanie Middleton fits in that category although she does not really appreciate this psychic capability or the fact that she could also communicate with them, not that she could help it in any way. She is also a well known realtor in Charleston and she deals in historical properties though she hates to admit to anyone that she dislike them.

Nevertheless, she came upon an old property on Tradd Street owned by a Nevin Vanderho
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Coffee Talk: April 2014 BOM, The House on Tradd Street 21 26 May 16, 2014 05:46PM  
Goodreads Librari...: Can you fix the page numbers, and the format, for this downloadable audiobook? 6 18 May 13, 2014 01:34PM  
disappointing read 8 84 Jul 19, 2013 07:48AM  
Free book 1 65 Aug 18, 2011 04:29AM  
Free book 1 25 Aug 18, 2011 04:27AM  
  • Haunting Jordan (A Port Chatham Mystery #1)
  • Between the Tides
  • The Tale of Halcyon Crane
  • Night of the Living Deed (A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery, #1)
  • The Secret of Everything
  • A Year on Ladybug Farm (Ladybug Farm #1)
  • Devil May Ride (A Ghost Dusters Mystery, #2)
  • Julia's Chocolates
  • The Haunting of Maddy Clare
  • A Veiled Deception (A Vintage Magic Mystery, #1)
  • The Kingdom (Graveyard Queen, #2)
  • Ghost on Black Mountain
  • Plantation (Lowcountry Tales #2)
  • Beach House Memories
  • Laced with Magic (Sugar Maple, #2)
  • City of Masks (Cree Black, #1)
  • Ghost Of A Chance (A Chintz 'N China Mystery, #1)
  • Tempest in the Tea Leaves (A Fortune Teller Mystery, #1)

Other Books in the Series

Tradd Street (4 books)
  • The Girl On Legare Street (Tradd Street, #2)
  • The Strangers on Montagu Street (Tradd Street, #3)
  • Return to Tradd Street (Tradd Street, #4)
The Beach Trees On Folly Beach The Girl On Legare Street (Tradd Street, #2) The Lost Hours The Strangers on Montagu Street (Tradd Street, #3)

Share This Book