The Girl on Legare Street by Karen White is a continuation of a book I read recently called The House on Tradd Street (review here). I was very excited to read more of Melanie and Jack’s adventures and I wasn’t disappointed. I can’t even pick a favorite between the two books because they were both great although I think maybe The Girl on Legare Street had me a little more creeped out than The House on Tradd Street.
Melanie is a woman who can see and hear ghosts. She’s been able to do this since childhood and it runs in the family; her mother and grandmother were the same. While The House on Tradd Street saw healing between Melanie and her father, the Girl on Legare Street sees healing between Melanie and her mother. Melanie’s mother left her when she was just seven years old and now over thirty years later has come back to purchase her old childhood home on Legare Street. However along with Melanie’s mothers return, a ghost from the past with revenge on her mind is forcing Melanie to put past hurts behind her in order to fight this deadly presence with her mother.
Jack is back as well and still wants more of a relationship with Melanie. She drives me crazy though as she keeps pushing him away. Unfortunately this time when she pushes him away it’s into the arms of another woman, Rebecca Edgerton. Rebecca seems to have some physic powers of her own and for some reason Melanie feels as though she recognizes her from somewhere. Rebecca isn’t Melanie’s favorite person as it seems as though she’s out to have Jack for herself and while Melanie can’t make up her mind about him; neither is she willing to give him up. It turns out though that Rebecca may have more of a connection to Melanie’s family than anyone could have expected.
The mystery that unfolds in this story is one that kept me on the edge of my seat at times with my heart pounding just a bit. I wouldn’t say the book is really scary, more like creepy when you think of ghosts wandering among us; maybe protecting us or those trying to hurt us. Karen White manages to draw us into this mystery completely and weaves the past with the present as Melanie, her mother, Jack and a few others uncover the story behind the vengeful ghost.
I really enjoyed this continuation of the story. I really like Melanie despite the fact she drives me more than a little crazy with regards to Jack but I’m hoping in the next novel she wakes up and realizes she should keep him. However she really is a likable character with her quirkiness and smart remarks that she’s either saying or thinking. I also enjoyed reading about the history of the old houses and the area so vividly described by Karen White as well. The Girl on Legare Street would stand alone but in all honestly I think it’s a good idea to read The House on Tradd Street first to have all the background information – it will make this novel much more enjoyable.
Be sure to pop in tomorrow as Karen White will be joining us here at Peeking Between the Pages with a wonderful guest post.
My Thanks…to Joy with Joan Schulhafer Publishing & Media Consulting for my review copy of The Girl on Legare Street by Karen White.