On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the brilliant thriller by Catriona Ward, The Last House on Needless Street.
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…
There was a lot of buzz surrounding The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward, so I knew I had to bump it to the top of my TBR pile, and I’m so glad I did. I was immediately hooked from the very first page, and I did not want to put it down. It is utterly compelling, and it deserves all the praise that it has been getting.
The novel is told from the point of view of three characters, Ted, Olivia (his cat) and Dee. Ted is a very unnerving individual who I did find myself feeling sorry for as Catriona Ward revealed more of his backstory. He makes for a fascinating character. Then we also hear from Olivia, his cat and I thought that she had a really unique voice as we get to see her perspective of the world. Then, finally, Dee is a character who has just moved next door to Ted. For eleven years, she has been searching for her sister. Her sister went missing at the age of six, and a tip-off has led her to Ted. But what is Ted’s connection to her sister’s case?
I loved, loved the atmosphere in this book, and Catriona Ward creates a very haunting and creepy one. I felt this, particularly in the flashback scenes as we see what happened in Ted’s childhood. You can see how what happened to him made him into the person he is today. You can see this, especially through the relationship he had with his mother.
The book is so well written and Catriona Ward brought the setting to life with beautiful descriptions. I found that as I was reading, I did not want it to end. There’s only a small handful of books I’ve read which have made me feel like that, and I’m sure I’ll be thinking about it for a long time to come. Catriona Ward builds on a dark, foreboding atmosphere as the plot unfolds.
The Last House on Needless Street is exceptional. You need to read it as soon as you can, and if you haven’t got a copy yet, then you really need to. I think every reader will have a different experience with it, and that’s what makes it so original and exceptionally well written. It’s definitely going to be in my top ten books of the year! I can’t wait to see what Catriona Ward writes next. I highly, highly recommend this book!
Publication date: 18th March 2021
Print length: 352 pages
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