The Girl on Legare Street by Karen White
In this sequel to “The House on Tradd Street,” Melanie Middleton is back and, for the first time in over three decades, so is her mother. Once again, the handsome and often obnoxious author Jack Trenholm interferes with Melanie’s life and reunites her against her will with an estranged parent. Melanie’s mother buys back her grandmother’s old house, the house that was supposed to come down to Melanie one day which her mother sold when she left Melanie and her father some 33 years earlier. Melanie is in no mood to forgive her absent mother, but Ginnette is relentless in claiming that her daughter is in danger and when they end up living together in the house on Legare Street, Melanie can’t help but start to come around as she sees her mother’s very real concern – particularly when she becomes aware of the spirit that wishes her harm.
After reading “The Girl on Legare Street” I’m very glad I read “The House on Tradd Street” first. I think a reader would be fairly confused trying to read this book without reading the first one in the series, as White does not spend much time recapping what happened in the first book. That being said, I think that I enjoyed this one quite a bit more than her first one, which I liked, but didn’t love.
For one thing, I liked the interaction between Jack and Melanie better in this book. Because of everything they had gone through in “The House on Tradd Street” there were no instances of odd timing that stood out to me. Rebecca seemed a better foil to their relationship than Marc Longo was, although Longo did reappear briefly in this book (and didn’t really add anything to the story, in my opinion). I also enjoyed learning more about Melanie’s childhood and the history of her family through her interaction with her mother. The storyline of the mystery that White created with “The House on Tradd Street” was fascinating, but this mystery was more meaningful since it had to do more directly with her main character.
I’m definitely recommending this book, but you must read “House on Tradd Street” first, even though I don’t think it is quite as good, it is still a good book. I’ll be looking forward to more from Karen White.