02 November, 2023

The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward - [Book Review]

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Book Details:

Title: The Last House on Needless Street

Author: Catriona Ward

Genre: thriller, horror, suspense, psychological thriller

Print length: 368 pages

Source: Kindle copy from local library


This is the story of a serial killer. A stolen child. Revenge. Death. And an ordinary house at the end of an ordinary street.

All these things are true. And yet they are all lies...

You think you know what's inside the last house on Needless Street. You think you've read this story before. That's where you're wrong.

In the dark forest at the end of Needless Street, lies something buried. But it's not what you think...

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My Review:

Layer within a layer, story in multiple perspectives, a mental disorder, and domestic abuse - This is what I can tell about this book in one line. 

The story is definitely not straight forward. It's complex as it's narrated from 3 entities' perspectives and one of them is cat! 

This book has rave reviews and many recommendations from other book lovers. That reason made me pick this up to read. But, this book is not for me. I felt it's tough to follow. I agree, it's my favorite genre and perfect combo - thriller, suspense and psychological thriller, but it is a bit complex for me to understand. 

Ted is living alone in a house after his mom dies and he is one of the suspects in the case of a missing girl Lulu. Lulu's sister Dee moves in to the neighboring house to reveal the murderer of her sister or to find her sister (if she is alive). But, how Ted lives, his insecurities, his mental disorders, how he copes up with problems, his secrets and what happened to Lulu is the remaining story.

The story is narrated in the perspective of Ted, Lauren (daughter of Ted) and Olivia (Cat of Ted). This is like going into their brains and reading their thoughts closely. The writing might be great as other book lovers said, but at some places, it felt too boring for me that I wanted to stop reading in the middle. 

So, without spoilers I can say, it's an average and unique read for me. 

My Rating: 3/5

About the Author:

CATRIONA WARD was born in Washington, DC and grew up in the United States, Kenya, Madagascar, Yemen, and Morocco. She read English at St Edmund Hall, Oxford and is a graduate of the Creative Writing MA at the University of East Anglia.

'The Last House on Needless Street' (Viper Books, Tor Nightfire) was a Times Book of the Month, Observer Book of the Month, March Editor’s Pick on Open Book, a Between the Covers BBC2 book club selection, a Times bestseller, and is being developed for film by Andy Serkis’s production company, The Imaginarium.

'Little Eve' (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2018) won the 2019 Shirley Jackson Award and the August Derleth Prize for Best Horror Novel at the 2019 British Fantasy Awards, making her the only woman to have won the prize twice, and was a Guardian best book of 2018. Her debut Rawblood (W&N, 2015) won Best Horror Novel at the 2016 British Fantasy Awards, was shortlisted for the Author’s Club Best First Novel Award and a WHSmith Fresh Talent title. Her short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies. She lives in London and Devon.

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