Friday, November 5, 2021

Review: The Attic on Queen Street by Karen White

The Attic on Queen Street
by Karen White

Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Return to the house on Tradd Street for one last time as the bestselling series featuring psychic medium Melanie Trenholm comes to a hauntingly spectacular finale.

After the devastating events of the past few months, the last thing Melanie Trenholm wants is to think about the future.  Why, when her husband, Jack, has asked for a separation—a separation that might have been her fault?  Nevertheless, with twin toddlers, a stepdaughter leaving for college soon, a real estate career to resume and a historic home that is still being restored, Melanie doesn’t have much time to wonder where it all went wrong—but that doesn’t stop her from trying to win her husband back.
Their relationship issues are pushed aside, however, when longtime nemesis, Marc Longo, comes to them with a proposition:  allow their Tradd Street house to be used as the filming location for the movie adaptation of Marc’s bestselling book, and he will help Jack re-establish his stalled writing career. Despite Melanie’s hesitation, Jack jumps at the chance.  But Melanie’s doubts soon prove to be well founded when she uncovers ulterior reasons for Marc wanting to be back in their house—reasons that include a hidden gem so brilliant that legend links it to the most infamous jewel of all, the Hope Diamond.
But Melanie has an unexpected ally in protecting the house and its inhabitants—the ghost of a Civil War era girl warns her of increasing threats to her family. But she’s not the only spirit who is haunting Melanie.  A malevolent ghost seems determined to stop Melanie from investigating the decades-old murder of a friend’s sister, and this spirit will stop at nothing to protect its secrets—even from beyond the grave.
Melanie and Jack must work together to find the answers before evil spirits of past and present destroy everything they love.

Kritters Thoughts:  The seventh book in the series and while each mystery is self contained in each book, I would absolutely suggest starting at book one as there is a lot of character development of the main characters from book to book and you don't want to miss the build!  

Melanie is the main character and she can see and communicate with the dead.  She typically speaks to those who need resolution so they can cross over to the other side and as she lives in historic Charleston, SC, there are many spirits roaming around needing a final end.  In this book, she is having personal issues in her marriage and is in the middle of a battle that involves her own home while she has a few spirits who need her help.

While I don't typically read books with spirits, this one has so much mystery and plot that I have loved all the books in this series.  I also love the characters.  Melanie is great and her relationship with her kids, her husband and all the other large cast of characters was just fun to read.  

While in the author's note she states that this is the end of this series.  I am excited that this book sets up a spin off series and I will be excited to pick up those books in the future.  

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2021 Challenge: 135 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Berkley.  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.

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