Review: The Strangers on Montagu Street by Karen White

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade; 1 edition (November 1, 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 0451235266
  • Source:  Publisher

In the third of Karen White’s Tradd Street novels, psychic realtor Melanie “Mellie” Middleton is forced to move in with her mother after she discovers her mid-19th century Tradd Street home needs additional work.   Joining her is her latest house guest, Nola, Jack’s angry and distraught teen daughter.

Feeling guilty for everything Nola is forced to deal with, Mellie agrees to take Nola under her wing in an attempt to ease her transition into a new home and family. Nola isn’t alone, however.  Her mother, Bonnie, is a constant ghostly presence.  When Jack’s mother gives Nola an antique dollhouse, the supernatural activities increase.  When Nola indicates that she recognizes the dollhouse, a model of an actual home in Charleston.

When they track down the home the dollhouse is modeled off of, Melanie and Jack are introduced to a family of prestige and wealth…and decades of buried secrets.  The dolls within the dollhouse, small representations of the family members are angry, and for good reason. To make matters worse, they are luring Nola into their dark world of despair.

Heartbreak, murder, deceit, The Strangers on Montagu Street has it all.  Fans of the Tradd Street novels will appreciate the return of Mellie and Jack, their relationship full of sexual tension. Their dysfunctional relationship adds to the storyline, unrequited love plays a key role in this novel. The ending indicates more books in this series; I cannot wait to read what White comes up with next.

As indicated, this is the third book in a series.  While White makes an attempt to provide sufficient back story to readers new to the series, I believe that, in order to understand the characters and their history, it is imperative to start at the beginning.  Highly recommended.

7 Comments to "Review: The Strangers on Montagu Street by Karen White"

  1. Nora-Adrienne Deret's Gravatar Nora-Adrienne Deret
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    November 7, 2011 - 10:29 AM | Permalink

    I just might have to buy this one. None of the county libraries I have cards for have even got it on their “to buy” lists yet.

  2. Nora-Adrienne Deret's Gravatar Nora-Adrienne Deret
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    November 7, 2011 - 10:37 AM | Permalink

    I was so upset that I sent an e-mail to one of Brooklyn Library’s regional librarian mgrs. I gave her a piece of my mind and the link to this review for her to read.

  3. Erika Robuck's Gravatar Erika Robuck
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    November 7, 2011 - 10:53 PM | Permalink

    Ah! I read House on Tradd Street and enjoyed it. I’ll have to add this to my TBR pile. Thanks!

  4. Beth F's Gravatar Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads
    November 8, 2011 - 6:25 AM | Permalink

    I still haven’t finished this one but I really like the series and, like you, hope it continues.

  5. Karen White's Gravatar Karen White
    Twitter: karenwhitereads
    November 9, 2011 - 9:42 PM | Permalink

    Don’t y’all think that I should be narrating these books? :)

  6. Marg's Gravatar Marg
    Twitter: Margreads
    November 10, 2011 - 10:19 PM | Permalink

    I really liked the first two books in this series so I put my name down for this book at the library straight away as soon as I heard about it. I did find the release to be a bit low key really.

  7. Leslie Y's Gravatar Leslie Y
    November 15, 2011 - 7:44 PM | Permalink

    I just finished reading The Strangers on Montagu Street and absolutely loved it. I have found myself daydreaming of the characters as if they were real people in my own life. Karen White has a way with words and really puts you there right in beautiful SC. I told my mother today that I think Karen White’s writing abilities resemble those of Nicholas Sparks’ classic romantic storytelling and James Patterson’s edge of your seat mystery story telling.

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