Review and Giveaway: The Girl on Legare Street by Karen White

December 15, 2009 General Fiction, Mystery/Suspense, NAL, Review 10

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade (November 3, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0451227999
  • Source: Publisher, via TLC Book Tours

Karen White once again returns to Charleston, South Carolina and the haunting (literally) world of Melanie Middleton.  In White’s previous novel,The House on Tradd Street, Melanie, a real estate broker, inherits a historic home on Charleston’s Tradd Street.  Now, in The Girl On Legare Street it’s just a few months later and Melanie is still working hard to restore the historic home. I would be remiss not to mention Melanie’s “gift”-to hear and see spirits.  And in Charleston, there are many!

She learns that her grandmother’s home is once again on the market, and an interested buyer has requested her expertise specifically.  The interested buyer is her estranged mother, Ginnette, whom she hasn’t seen in over 30 years.

After attempting to get past her initial feelings of anger toward her mother, Melanie soon learns the real reason for her mother’s return.  Ginnette, also a spiritual sensitive, had a premonition involving Melanie and the home on Legare Street.  Something evil happened in that home decades ago, and the evil has returned.

A sunken vessel with ties to the Prioleau family is raised from the dark depths of the ocean, and with it bring spirits long buried. An inscription on Melanie’s grandmother’s headstone carries a message from the grave:

When bricks crumble, the fireplace falls
When children cry, the mothers call
When lies are told, the sins are built
Within the waves, hide all our guilt

Melanie and her mother begin smelling the scent of decay and sea water when they roam their ancestral home, and soon realize an angry spirit is seeking revenge on the Prioleau family. This evil has haunted the women in their family for centuries, and using their “gift”, the must put an end to it for good.

I’ve been a fan of White’s writing for some time. She is known for her detailed prose and depth in her characters. Like in The House on Tradd Street, White does an outstanding job of describing the setting of Charleston. Her vivid imagery allows the city to unfold for the reader and its easy to become enveloped in the story. Her love of the South clearly shines through in this story. Fans of gothic mysteries or fiction set in the South will truly enjoy this one. While this is the second in the series, and I highly recommend reading The House on Tradd Street to gain background on the characters, this novel could stand on its own.

GIVEAWAY!  I have one brand new copy of The Girl on Legare Street available, thanks to the publisher.  To enter, please fill out this form. You must fill out the form completely to be entered into the contest.  The winner will be announced on Monday, December 28th. US and Canadian residents only, please.

TLCThank you to TLC Book Tours for giving me the opportunity to participate in this tour. Be sure to check out the other stops in this tour:

Wednesday, December 16th: Southern Hospitality

Thursday, December 17th: Stacy’s Books

Monday, December 21st: From the Land of Cotton

Tuesday, December 22nd: Lit and Life

Tuesday, December 29th: Write Meg

Date TBD: The Tome Traveller

10 Responses to “Review and Giveaway: The Girl on Legare Street by Karen White”

  1. April

    Great review, Jenn! I love Karen White as well and received an ARC of this one, so I can’t wait to read it!! It’s been sitting there calling my name for a couple of weeks now, lol! I loved The House on Tradd Street and this sounds just as awesome!

  2. Kathy

    Great review! I’m anxious to read this book, but I want to read The House on Tradd Street first. No need to enter me.

  3. MJ

    Both of my sons are in school in Charleston. I’ve been wanting to read this. The House on Tradd Street is on my Christmas list. I hope I get it and win this one!

  4. Beth (bookaholicmom)

    I read the first book and loved it so I am looking forward to being able to read this one too. I’m hoping there will be more int his series. I really enjoyed Tradd Street. Thanks for offering the giveaway.

  5. karen k

    I love books by Karen White…thank you so much for the opportunity to read her latest. 🙂