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The House on Tradd Street (Tradd Street #1)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  12,375 Ratings  ·  1,378 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 an ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published November 4th 2008 by New American Library (first published 2008)
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Sep 24, 2009 Miriam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished, mystery
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
Ugh. I was tricked. TRICKED!
And by my own self, which really embitters me.

I have a boring personal story that explains why I listened to this book and didn't give up when I realized I had picked the wrong piece of entertainment. It's here: (view spoiler)
Oct 30, 2008 Serena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ☔
Dec 28, 2011 Diane S ☔ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed these Tradd Street house reads. Good mixture of romantic suspense, secrecy reveals and the past coming alive to influence the future.
The House on Tradd Street by Karen White is a 2008 NAL publication.

This year I have made some changes to my reading habits by cutting back on review copies, which can introduce me to new authors and genres, but can also cause me to miss out on some really good books, too.

Karen White is one of those authors that I have been missing out on and so I decided to get with the program and check out a few of her novels.

This book is the first in a four book series, set in Charleston, South Carolina.

Nov 23, 2009 skein rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-star
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
Becky Morlok
Jul 05, 2010 Becky Morlok rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 24, 2009 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amy 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
Apr 11, 2010 Donnelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 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
Molli Fanchar
Nov 17, 2011 Molli Fanchar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
I went through a myriad of emotions while reading this one... I initially was a little put off by the personalities of the lead characters but as I read on (and actually read all 4 books in the series) they grew on me and I began to see past their annoyances. I loved the ambience of the Charleston setting, and would love to go visit. The old houses seem so interesting, and full of history and personality. The paranormal elements in the book added to the story and gave it that extra something tha ...more
Jan 05, 2011 Melee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Nov 26, 2015 C. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nattering reviews nearly talked me out of this book. To the contrary: this is the rare kind of novel I’ve been longing to read! “The House On Tradd Street” is outside Karen White’s norm. Fortunately, she made a series of it! Know this: ghost fiction for adults is rare. I don’t want vampires, demons, nor a “young adult” protagonist. I want a big old house to explore and really mystical encounters. Karen excels at three-dimensional people with long reaches to the past. Melanie is a real estate age ...more
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.
Jul 31, 2015 Jenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved this book! Very entertaining, can't wait to read the next one! I would actually rate it as 4.5 :)
Nhược Phong
Rate: 3.2/5
Nếu cái bìa sách không quá xấu và bản dịch không đến nỗi khiến cho một kẻ ngoại đạo về ngoại ngữ như tôi còn cảm thấy quá thô thì chắc số sao sẽ chạm được tới con số 3.5.
Tôi còn nhớ khi chị tôi đã tag tôi vào một bài viết trên facebook có kể sơ lược qua nội dung sách (hoặc là phim, có phim thì phải), và tôi gần như bị hút hồn bởi cái nội dung của nó cho dù cái bìa xấu hoắc. Vậy nên khi thấy sách trên tiki, tôi quả thực đã rơi vào trạng thái "mua không cần hỏi". Mặc kệ giá nó thì phả
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
Sep 09, 2010 Grace rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The mystery of this book was wonderfully plotted. The inclusion of cyphers, ghosts, a hidden treasure, and other mysteries kept me reading long into the night. But the actual writing of the book was awful enough to make me knock a couple of stars off my final vote.

For one thing, the protagonist was one of those "fresh off the boat, I'm 39 but I act like I've never lived a day of life before today" ignorant types. That sort of protagonist just drives me crazy. And if I read the words "she laughe
Jan 25, 2015 Amara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Small Review
Reread on audio from April 22 to May 07, 2015

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 pract
Apr 30, 2012 Sam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
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
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
May 08, 2014 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 13, 2011 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gothic
When I first started this I couldn't get into the rhythm of it and felt the descriptions were too much. I almost gave up within the first 20 pages. Glad I stuck with it, though, as this has been a really, really good read for me.

I enjoyed the Southern old mansion setting, the history of the story, the characters, mostly. The lead character, Melanie, was anal about everything which got on my nerves at times, as did her golf-obsessed assistant, but the other lead, Jack, was delightful, especially
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