by Karen White
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Goodreads: Melanie has grown accustomed to renovating old houses, but she never imagined she'd have to renovate her own life to include her estranged mother. Ginnette Prioleau Middleton left Charleston thirty-five years ago. She's returned wanting to protect the daughter she's never really known after receiving an ominous premonition.
Melanie never wanted to see her mother again, but with some prodding from her partner, Jack Trenholm, she agrees-and begins to rebuild their relationship. Together Melanie and Ginnette buy back their old home. With their combined psychic abilities they expect to unearth some ghosts. But what they find is a vengeful dark spirit whose strength has been growing for decades. It will take unearthing long buried secrets to beat this demon and save what's left of Melanie's family...
Kritters Thoughts: Book two in the series and let me start by saying that I absolutely recommend you start at book one with this series. The characters build from book to book and although the mystery is self contained in each book, you will absolutely miss out on the relationships of the characters if you don't start at square one. At the same time, if you put some distance between reading each book, unlike me where I have read them back to back, the first few chapters kindly remind you what happened in the previous book that you may need for this read.
Now on to this specific book. I liked this book better than book one because I knew what I was getting in to and this mystery directly impacted Melanie and her family and her heritage. I loved having her mother come into the story and seeing where Melanie inherited her "gifts" and how the two of them together could create quite the team. I almost wish this book had been the first book where you meet Melanie and then you see how much her past informs her, but having it as book two wasn't a completely bad spot in the line up.
After reading this book I was excited to go directly into another and see where Melanie and the secondary characters were going to go. I liked that this book was still focused on her.
Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one copy of this book free of charge from Penguin Random House. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.