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The House on Tradd Street by Karen   White
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Feb 03, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction, paranormal, southern-mystery
Read from February 03 to 07, 2011

** spoiler alert ** I loved "House on Tradd Street!" Karen White weaves an amazing story that kept me on the edge of my seat for nearly the entire second half of the book. I could hardly put it down, and have just moved on to "The Girl on Legare Street."

Melanie Middleton, a native of Charleston, South Carolina makes her living as a real estate agent selling high-end properties. One day, she is called to the home of Nevin Vanderhorst, presumably to talk with him about the sale of his house on Tradd Street. While she is there, Melanie's acute sixth sense indicates the presence of spirits who are no longer residing in the home, and Mr. Vanderhorst tells her that one spirit in particular, that of his mother Louisa, only makes herself known to "people she approves of." Melanie leave the Vanderhorst home that afternoon without a sales contract in place and feeling as if she had wasted her time. However, I couple of days later, when she is called to the office of Mr. Vanderhorst's attorney, Melanie finds out that the house on Tradd Street and its contents have been willed to her. Mr. Vanderhorst's father was a very good friend of Melanie's grandfather, Augustus Middleton, and Mr. Vanderhorst hopes that in addition to restoring the once elegant Charlston single house, that Melanie will solve the mystery surrounding the disappearance of his mother when he was just a child.

Melanie and Mr. Vanderhorst have much in common as Melanie was abandoned by her mother, a now famous opera singer, at the age of seven. As she starts to delve into the restoration, two potential suitors, Jack Tremholm and Marc Longo appear on the scene, both with ulterior motives for their interest in Melanie and her house on Tradd Street. Before long, Melanie is embroiled in a decades old Charleston mystery, and faces head-on a threatening spirit who wants the secret held by the house on Tradd Street buried forever. Melanie persists in her investigation and the restoration of the home, despite her misgivings and the threat that money will run out before it is complete. Feeling herself drawn deeper into the story of the Vanderhorsts, and discovering how closely it intersects with her own family history, pushes her to find closure for Nevin Vanderhorst and his mother Louisa.

The "House on Tradd Street" is a fascinating tale, and if you love mysteries and the paranormal, you will enjoy this book immensely!
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