Book Review: The Strangers on Montagu Street by Karen White
Karen White returns to her Tradd Street Series with this third installment, The Strangers on Montagu Street . Once again Charleston, South Carolina realtor and reluctant psychic, Melanie Middleton is reunited with author, Jack Trenholm in what is to become another adventure.
This time, Jack arrives on Melanie’s doorstop in the middle of the night with a surprising development and in urgent need of a very big favor. The surprising development comes in the form of a teenage daughter that Jack was unaware he had. A daughter, Nola who- in addition to a battered guitar case and an old backpack- is carrying a king size grudge against her new-found father, Jack. Despite having traveled all the way across country after her mother’s suicide, Nola is unwilling to stay under Jack’s roof, prompting the middle of the night visit to Melanie. Jack needs a safe haven in which to place his mutinous daughter and Melanie is the most suitable candidate.. .for a variety of reasons.
Of course, unbeknownst to Jack’s daughter, she doesn’t exactly arrive at Melanie’s home alone. Nola has a ‘spiritual companion’ accompanying her- her mother. Given Melanie’s gift, she notices her unannounced guest right away, but she is soon to learn that is the least of the surprises to come. When an eighty year old dollhouse is put into the mix, things escalate to a whole new level.
The Strangers on Montagu Street is part mystery, part paranormal intrigue and part romantic suspense, with all the plots and sub-plots woven together in a very enjoyable tapestry that will have you begging for more. While part of a series, the books can be read independent of each other, although I highly recommend the series- if for no other reason than to enrich the overall experience.
This newest installment is due to release in November 2011, so if you haven’t read The Girl on Lagare Street and/or The House on Tradd Street you’ll want to remedy that right away. This one is a “not to be missed” selection that will have you waiting with baited breath for the fourth installment. You’ll know why when you reach the last page…
Review by Brenda Seward
The Strangers on Montagu Street releases November 2011 by New American Library, a division of Penguin Books
For more information on Karen White and her work visit : karen-white.com