Review: The Attic on Queen Street
Title: The Attic on Queen Street
Series: Tradd Street #7
Author: Karen White
Release Date: November 2nd, 2021
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Find it here: Goodreads
Synopsis from 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.
My Review: This series is such a fantastic mashup of different genres and I always enjoy reading the books. The book is part ghost story and mystery, part women's fiction with a little bit of romance, and a bit of historical fiction. The same can be said of all the books in the series, all of which are fantastic. I really enjoyed getting back into the story with these characters and solving more ghost stories. The writing was great, the characters are all wonderful and I enjoyed the mysteries. The only issue I have with this book (and with the last one as well) was that the relationship issues seemed forced and like a ploy to get the reader to pick up the next book. The issues still seemed unbelievable in this one as well. I was really hoping that Jack and Melanie's relationship would develop better than it did. Other than that disappointment I really enjoyed the book.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All opinions are my own.*