Catriona Ward: The Last House On Needless Street

This rreview is written with thanks to Viper for my copy of The Last House On Needless Street via Netgalley.

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

From the multiple award-winning author of Little Eve and Rawblood, this extraordinary tale will thrill and move readers. A work of incredible imagination and heartbreaking beauty.

Review:

I’ve heard so much about The Last House On Needless Street that I felt the only way to learn more was to read it myself. I’m glad I did, as it’s very hard to describe without spoilers. 

Ward’s writing is really detailed and immersive and I could see Needless Street and the woods where the novel is set really clearly. Her plotting is immaculate, her research is thorough and I found the story really engaging. Having said that, I didn’t know what was going on for about two thirds of the book, but I am pleased I stuck with it. 

Most of what I’d heard about The Last House On Needless Street was about the twists throughout the novel. I do think I would have enjoyed it more without expecting the twists as it made it more difficult to accept the book on face value. I did look for twists and I did guess a few of them.

I am interested to see how the author follows this unusual book!

The Last House On Needless Street is available from Amazon.

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