The Last House On Needless Street by Catriona Ward @catrionaward @ViperBooks #bookreview #publicationday

The Last House on Needless Street (Catriona Ward)

🎉🎉🎉 HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY CATRIONA WARD 🎉🎉🎉 The Last House On Needless Street is out today !!!!

Massive thank you to Viper Books for my advanced copy of The Last House On Needless Street.

The Blurb

This is the story of a murderer. A stolen child. Revenge. This is the story of Ted, who lives with his daughter Lauren and his cat Olivia in an ordinary house at the end of an ordinary street.

All these things are true. And yet some of them are lies.

You think you know what’s inside the last house on Needless Street. You think you’ve read this story before. In the dark forest at the end of Needless Street, something lies buried. But it’s not what you think…

What Did I Think?

Bejeezus… The Last House On Needless Street…. I just don’t know what to think. I have read nothing quite like it. This is one helluva unique read in many ways.

This dark tale is told from four perspectives, each very different voices. First we have Ted who we hear most from. He’s an odd character. A recluse, socially awkward. But he’s sinister with it. His thoughts are very unnerving at times and his confusion can add to the unsettling feeling he radiates.

I loved the character of Olivia. She’s the lighthearted voice in this very dark tale. She’s one of the unique points in this novel. Getting into the mindset of this feline character was something I didn’t expect in an adult thriller.

I couldn’t work out Lauren. She was the character I couldn’t imagine. She’s a mixed up young lady, I say young lady – that was the thing. Her voice sounded grown up, teenage but the account Ted gave was of someone so much younger. But is that part of the character of Ted, not letting his daughter grown up?

And then there is Dee – a woman in a mission. A woman desperate to find her sister’s kidnapper/killer but even this supposedly stable character, the one who doesn’t live in the house at the end of Needless Street is less than reliable. She stalks, she lies….

The different voices gives the book something different. Each character was questionable about their narrative but on different levels of questionability (is that even a word??!). Ward has written a very unsettling book. I’m seriously impressed with this twisted tale. I thought I knew what was happening but Ward consistently pulled the rug from under my literary feet and surprised me at every turn! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Who Is Catriona Ward?

Catriona Ward was born in Washington, DC and grew up in the US, Kenya, Madagascar, Yemen, and Morocco. Her debut Rawblood won Best Horror Novel at the 2016 British Fantasy Awards, and was a WHSmith Fresh Talent title.

Little Eve won the Shirley Jackson Award, was a Guardian best book of 2018 and won the Best Horror Novel at the 2019 British Fantasy Awards. She lives in London and Devon.