The Guests on South Battery by Karen White

Setting: Charleston, SC
Genre: Paranormal
Publisher: Penguin
Release Date: January 10, 2017

I did feel as though I'd stepped into an ongoing saga as I started The Guests on South Battery. I stopped and checked and sure enough, this is the latest in a five-book series. Don't get me wrong, the book hooked me, but I also felt that I'd missed some backstory between Melanie and Jack.

In The Guests on South Battery, Melanie and Jack's twins are now 10 months old, so Melanie's heading back to work as a realtor. It's hard enough leaving her babies, but it's even harder when Melanie's first client is a young woman who inherited a local house that seems to be haunted. Melanie's client, Jayne, only wants Melanie to sell the house and find something newer for Jayne to buy, but it's not going to be that easy. Melanie sees the spirits, but there seems to be an invisible curtain that's preventing her from getting a full sense of why this house is being haunted.

Melanie and her mother are no strangers to spirits, both see or sense ghosts who need their help. This time, however, it's going to take teamwork to figure out why Jayne's house is haunted and what they can do to set things right.

I admit that this book had the perfect mixture of creepiness, romance, and character development. I found myself hooked, even though I felt some backstory was missing. There were times I couldn't get Melanie's reluctance to be honest with her husband.

There was another thing that may have to do with me missing the first four books. Melanie is obsessed with ABBA. After a few mentions of the song "Mamma Mia" and the band itself, I felt like I was being hit over the head with ABBA references and didn't get why. I admit the music is a throwback to my younger years, so I get that, but to bring it up almost every chapter was tiresome.

Despite these niggles, I was hooked by The Guests on South Battery and couldn't put it down. That in itself deserves very high praise and is a good reason to get this and the other books in this series.


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