Review of The Guests On South Battery



New York Times bestselling author Karen White invites you to explore the brick-walked streets of Charleston, where historic mansions house the memories of years gone by, and restless spirits refuse to fade away…

With her extended maternity leave at its end, Melanie Trenholm is less than thrilled to leave her new husband and beautiful twins to return to work, especially when she’s awoken by a phone call with no voice on the other end—and the uneasy feeling that the ghostly apparitions that have stayed silent for more than a year are about to invade her life once more.

But her return to the realty office goes better than she could have hoped, with a new client eager to sell the home she recently inherited on South Battery. Most would treasure living in one of the grandest old homes in the famous historic district of Charleston, but Jayne Smith would rather sell hers as soon as possible, guaranteeing Melanie a quick commission.

Despite her stroke of luck, Melanie can’t deny that spirits—both malevolent and benign—have started to show themselves to her again. One is shrouded from sight, but appears whenever Jayne is near. Another arrives when an old cistern is discovered in Melanie’s backyard on Tradd Street.

Melanie knows nothing good can come from unearthing the past. But some secrets refuse to stay buried…. (Goodreads)


The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book, I felt like I was right there, watching all the action take place and listening to conversations going on.  The descriptions of the older homes, the architecture and the antiques were very detailed and it helped me to visualize everything in my mind.  You can tell that the author is very knowledgeable about these things or she did a lot of research.  At times I thought she may have described things in a little too much detail, making the book longer than it needed to be.  That is only my opinion and others may not agree.

The characters were well rounded and well developed.  A lot of them were quirky and I enjoyed reading about them and meeting them.  At times I felt like Melanie’s control issues went over the top and was a little much.  Again, this is only my opinion and other readers may not agree.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a mystery that is set in historic Charleston.  And anyone who is a fan of paranormal mysteries.   This is the first book that I read in this series and I plan on starting at the beginning of the series and reading the rest of it.

I received  free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and the Berkley Publishing Group for the opportunity to read and review this book.