Book Review: The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward #TheLastHouseOnNeedlessStreet #BookReview

The Last House on Needless Street

by

Catriona Ward

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


The Last House on Needless Street is a rare and unforgettable novel, unlike anything I’ve read before. It blew my mind — repeatedly. And even now, weeks later, I find myself marvelling at the author’s incredible creation.

This is a story about Ted, it is a story about a lost little girl. It is a story about a house, a forest and a mystery, the like of which will shock you to your core. Cinematic in its vivid imagery and emotional strata, the author has created a unique story and compelling characters which will slip into your mind as quick as a snap of the fingers.

I loved the author’s lyrical prose, which marries light and shade, possessing an emotional acuity second to none. Themes of horror, mystery, thriller, suspense elegantly and effortlessly segue into one another. It is hypnotic in its beauty.

TLHONS is an exploration, a deep-dive into the human psyche. It explores the effects of abuse on the mind, the heights one can fall from yet still recover from. The author approaches all this with sensitivity and truth, a tenderness in her words that belies the brutal content. This balance is striking and it moved me and devastated me all at once.

The characters are rich, nuanced and have a power over the reader as soon as you meet them. Ted is one of the most fascinating characters I’ve ever come across. Other than that I can’t say much more. This is a difficult review to write as I do NOT want to give away any of this book’s secrets.

The Last House on Needless Street is a marvel, and I’m going to be pressing it into everyone’s hands. Don’t wait a minute longer, pre-order and brace yourself for one of the most striking and unforgettable novels you will ever read (certainly one of mine.) Once you enter The Last House on Needless Street, you might never leave…


Out 18th April

To pre-order your copy, you can follow the links below:

The Bookshop.org

Waterstones


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. Her next gothic thriller, The Last House on Needless Street, will be published March 2021 by Viper (Serpents Tail).

Ward’s second novel, 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.


With thanks to Sahina and Viper Books for my gifted ARC, which I received in exchange for an honest review!

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