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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 somet 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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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 somet 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...

30 review for The Last House on Needless Street

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    First time I am out of words! Anything I may write about this book will be so worthless! None of the words come out my mouth, letters I click, sentences o try to form or expressions I barely articulate will never be enough to reflect how I feel! I’m extremely flabbergasted, shocked, startled! And for the first time after I finish a horror- thriller- gothic- psychological thriller-mystery ( the good dances between all those genres) I deeply feel soooo sad! I deeply cared for characters! If I tell First time I am out of words! Anything I may write about this book will be so worthless! None of the words come out my mouth, letters I click, sentences o try to form or expressions I barely articulate will never be enough to reflect how I feel! I’m extremely flabbergasted, shocked, startled! And for the first time after I finish a horror- thriller- gothic- psychological thriller-mystery ( the good dances between all those genres) I deeply feel soooo sad! I deeply cared for characters! If I tell you more, I may give away more about the story! So I’m just shutting my mouth because I don’t want to do anything affecting how you’ll feel about this book and I don’t want to ruin your epic reading experience! I can only see this book truly exceeded my expectations and it’s extraordinary work! It’s not only a serial killer story! It’s not only about a cat recites the Bible perfectly! It’s not only about a girl who is adamant to find the killer who hurt her sister! Or is not about a wild child she needs to be trapped in the house to protect herself from the violence of the outside ( or the outer world should be the one to get protected from her)! And it’s not about bulky, introvert, outcast man who wears same clothes, dealing with her wild daughter and sarcastic cat who hates crime thriller shows on TV, trying to blend in but hardly failing. This book is so much more than these! Just read it and prepare to get shaken to the core! You may start to pick up the pieces in the middle about the big mystery but trust me it’s even bigger and uglier than you may hardly imagine. I have to say this is so different from the horror books I’ve recently read and it’s one of the unique and original works of the year I highly recommend you to give a shot!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Paromjit

    Having read the award winning Catriona Ward's incredible debut, Rawblood, it is not surprising that her latest novel, an atmospheric gothic horror, the darkest of fairytales, is one of the books of 2021. In a place that echoes with lost boys, 11 years ago, the haunted Dee lost her little 6 year old sister, Lulu, the Popsicle Girl, disappearing, never to be seen again. Unsurprisingly, Dee's family disintegrated, and her father is now dead. Dee is left petrified of snakes, thinking she knows who t Having read the award winning Catriona Ward's incredible debut, Rawblood, it is not surprising that her latest novel, an atmospheric gothic horror, the darkest of fairytales, is one of the books of 2021. In a place that echoes with lost boys, 11 years ago, the haunted Dee lost her little 6 year old sister, Lulu, the Popsicle Girl, disappearing, never to be seen again. Unsurprisingly, Dee's family disintegrated, and her father is now dead. Dee is left petrified of snakes, thinking she knows who took her sister, she fixates on Ted Bannerman, even though there was CCTV showing he was in a store, with scores of witnesses at the time, proving he had nothing to do with the taking of Lulu. The determined and watchful Dee takes up residence next to Ted's dilapidated home, intent on locating Lulu, convinced of Ted's involvement. At the end of the street are the eerie Woods where the gods are buried. The unprepossessing, oddball and bulky Ted is a strange man, a prisoner of his reclusive and lonely life, living for the times when his young daughter, Lauren, comes to visit, accompanying her as she trundles and tears round the house on her bike. The novel opens with the menacing act of someone massacring the birds in his garden, leaving Ted devastated and upset, trying to work out who would do such a thing. He is often drunk, visits the bug man, is terrified of the green boys in the attic, and has issues with his memories and there are indications that they are unreliable. Ted is desperate for close contact, going on dates, assuming right from the start that he will be rejected. One of the main perspectives comes from Olivia, Ted's beloved cat, an indoor cat all too conscious of the dangers of the outside world, her god given mission to take care of and protect Ted, although there are occasions when she is so furious with him that she looks for her own forms of revenge, although she can never manage to dislodge and smash the picture of Ted's parents. As the story progresses, the ever creeping feelings of unease, tensions, dread and fear, build ever stronger. Ward's storytelling veers towards the genius in its unsettling structure, the never ending spiral of twists and turns, the complexities and layered depths of the characters are a marvel to behold, including that of Olivia, at no point did I feel secure about understanding what was going on. The author is remarkably adept at keeping the reader off kilter, underlining and compounding the strong sense and threads of continuous instability with the indeterminate circles of time. This is a riveting, standout and utterly unforgettable read that grabs you by the throat and never lets go until the final pages, a tale of terror, trauma, mental health issues, survival and hope. I have absolutely no doubt that this is going to be a book that will do amazingly well, a wonderful must read. Hugely recommended! Many thanks to Serpent's Tail/Profile Books for an ARC.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Maureen

    Hands up, when I started reading this, I thought it wasn’t going to be for me, but it turns out I was wrong, and I was duly rewarded with a strange, dark, but unique reading experience. Ted is something of a recluse, he lives in a tumbledown house right beside a spooky forest on Needless Street, he has his cat Olivia for company, and occasional visits from his daughter Lauren. Lauren’s visits are a whirlwind of torment for Ted, (and Olivia) she’s noisy, aggressive, and defiant, but he does his be Hands up, when I started reading this, I thought it wasn’t going to be for me, but it turns out I was wrong, and I was duly rewarded with a strange, dark, but unique reading experience. Ted is something of a recluse, he lives in a tumbledown house right beside a spooky forest on Needless Street, he has his cat Olivia for company, and occasional visits from his daughter Lauren. Lauren’s visits are a whirlwind of torment for Ted, (and Olivia) she’s noisy, aggressive, and defiant, but he does his best to instil some sort of discipline, or Lauren has to pay the price for her behaviour! I don’t want to give anything away, so I’ll leave it at that, except to say that this is a tense, creepy but compelling and original storyline, that reads more like gothic horror at times! * Thank you to Netgalley and Serpent’s Tail/ Profile Books for an ARC in exchange for an honest unbiased review *

  4. 4 out of 5

    preoccupiedbybooks

    *Now avaliable in the UK! Also I'm so excited that Andy Serkis and Jonathan Cavendish’s Imaginarium Productions are making it into a film!! * A horrifying, atmospheric and unexpected book, which will challenge what you think, and make you question everything the entire time! Ted lives in the last house on Needless street, right next to the woods, with his cat and his daughter. Next door, a woman moves in, looking for her missing sister. You might think you see where this story about a serial killer *Now avaliable in the UK! Also I'm so excited that Andy Serkis and Jonathan Cavendish’s Imaginarium Productions are making it into a film!! * A horrifying, atmospheric and unexpected book, which will challenge what you think, and make you question everything the entire time! Ted lives in the last house on Needless street, right next to the woods, with his cat and his daughter. Next door, a woman moves in, looking for her missing sister. You might think you see where this story about a serial killer, a stolen child and revenge is going, but you have no idea.. Ok, I finished this late last night, and didn't know what to think, or how to feel, I needed to process. I lay in bed after with a sour, unsettled feeling in my stomach because this book was not AT ALL what I thought it was going to be! Even with the cryptic synopsis! This wont be a book for everyone, at times it was one of the strangest things I've ever read! I would say, if you're finding it too weird, and I've seen a lot of DNFs at a certain point when a cat is introduced, then persevere. I can see why people give up there, I almost did, but at that point you're not even scraping the surface of this story! This is a very difficult review to write, because I can't really say anything about any of the characters without giving spoilers! Just know that there are multiple POVs from very unreliable narrators, and that the POV is constantly shifting. I felt lost and confused at times reading The Last House on Needless Street, but that style is important to the book, you are not meant to know. I would love to discuss this with others who have read the book! At times, I thought to myself do I even like this book? I wasn't sure! But was I absorbed by the chilling and unusual story? Definitely! It was a complicated, layered look at trauma and survival. It was heart-breaking and tragic, intense and creepy. I hated Ted, and thought I had everything figured out, but was repeatedly wrong! Every time I thought that I had a handle on the plot, the ground would shift. Catriona Ward was always one step ahead of me, and her excellently constructed book, with it's beautiful and powerful writing kept me off balance, feeding me tiny clues at just the right time! I had a sense that there was something that I wasn't quite grasping, and had to find out what it was, I felt blind! This book had me murmuring to myself, commenting out loud, and even discussing theories with my husband. The further I got, the darker, more twisted and crazy it seemed! I just couldn't stop thinking about it. I'm not even sure what genre to put this in, is it dark gothic horror, fantasy, a psychological thriller? All of the above? I have no idea! But whatever you think is going on, you are wrong🤷‍♀️ As things began to unfold, I thought my head would explode! And as I got even further, my emotions felt raw. When it came to the conclusion, I was truly shocked, like speechless, sat downstairs on my own. Looking back I could slap myself, as there were clues, but then again, I don't think many will really see until they get to the end?! Everything was just so cleverly disguised in the writing! Pay attention to everything! I kind of feel like I would like to read it again, now knowing what I know... Overall, I would recommend this if you like gothic horror with a psychological element, if you like books that are a little bit different, because this was definitely original, I've not read anything like it! 🐱🐱🐱🐱 Many thanks to NetGalley UK and Serpents Tail/Profile books for the ARC, in exchange for an honest review!

  5. 4 out of 5

    karen

    come on, everybody! as you may have heard, this book is all about the twist. there are some books whose whole appeal is hinged on their SHOCKING TWIST SURPRISE (like the disappointing We Were Liars, which wendy darling summed up perfectly in her review). this is not one of those books. however, talking about what makes it so great apart from the resolution becomes a review-challenge of landmine-avoidance. this book is sort of the reversal of books like Behind Her Eyes or The Man from Primrose Lan come on, everybody! as you may have heard, this book is all about the twist. there are some books whose whole appeal is hinged on their SHOCKING TWIST SURPRISE (like the disappointing We Were Liars, which wendy darling summed up perfectly in her review). this is not one of those books. however, talking about what makes it so great apart from the resolution becomes a review-challenge of landmine-avoidance. this book is sort of the reversal of books like Behind Her Eyes or The Man from Primrose Lane, whose fairly straightforward storylines are abruptly infiltrated by GENRE, changing the entire trajectory of reader expectations. this one, blurbed succinctly by alex north is: A perfect horror novel, but not in the way you expect. and since we're on the subject of blurbs, this next blurb is why i love t. kingfisher/ursula vernon so much: This book was like an onion. Layer after layer after layer and then you're crying and somebody's got a knife. A brutal, twisty-puzzle box of a book. I stayed up way past my bedtime. and i might as well drop paul tremblay's here as well, because he was kind enough to name-drop me into A Head Full of Ghosts: A breathtakingly ambitious book, gorgeously written, and never once shies away from showing you its fangs and its beautiful, blood-filled heart. there are many more enticing, intriguing blurbs—long story short: many excellent writers i admire admire this book. with good reason. so let me add my less-accomplished words to theirs while tiptoeing around the specifics. i've never read anything by catriona ward before, although i think i have a couple of her books in my towering bookstacks. this book is full of, clean, tight, careful writing; tricksy and propulsive, VERY well-plotted, and you do not want to put it down for anything. and once things start unraveling, your brain just starts going ping ping ping with noticing, but i sure as hell wasn't putting it all together—i didn't know what to do with all of my noticings. it's like—sometimes you're reading an ARC and there's a mistake and you just dismiss it, but here, nothing is a mistake. the details might cause a little hitch in your reading, a "wait, wasn't that...?" and as the conflicting details accrue, it starts to break your whole damn brain, but by the end, you understand everything, and you're broken in a whole different way—in your FEELS. you're in good hands with this one. and this sentiment? hard agree. I judge people two ways—on how they treat animals, and on what they like to eat. If their favorite food is some kind of salad, they are definitely a bad person. Anything with cheese, they are probably OK. p.s.—do not skip the afterword, but do save it for after. *********************************************** update: THOSE WEREN'T DIAMONDS! review to come *********************************************** prepare yourself for a long string of slightly-blurred photos... yesterday i went to get covid-shot #1, and while i was waiting, i realized that my shirt, my bag, and my mask all had cats on them, and i thought to myself "welp, that's certainly one way to be an adult." i was between books and had already chosen my next read, but when i got home, there was a package waiting for me, a box with fake hinges and shiny trim and a little cat sticker adorning the front and inside... whaaaaat? such BOUNTY! a book i already wanted to read, PLUS this awesome cat pin and little baggies of mysterious items one of these pens writes SILVER this one has catnip tea with not one but TWO additional cat stickers and this one has hot sauce and jelly and honey and one million diamonds! even the little paper clip holding together the promotional material is cat-shaped in short, i will be changing my plans and starting this book immediately, because cats. come to my blog!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Michael David

    First word that came to mind after reading this: WOW! I was essentially speechless and needed to get my thoughts in order. Ted lives in an old house that is dirty, uncared for, and on the verge of being decrepit. He shares the house with his cat, Olivia, and his daughter, Lauren...when she’s able to visit. He values his privacy for many reasons and is not happy when a suspicious woman moves in next door. As the synopsis states: “All these things are true. And yet some of them are lies.” Told from mu First word that came to mind after reading this: WOW! I was essentially speechless and needed to get my thoughts in order. Ted lives in an old house that is dirty, uncared for, and on the verge of being decrepit. He shares the house with his cat, Olivia, and his daughter, Lauren...when she’s able to visit. He values his privacy for many reasons and is not happy when a suspicious woman moves in next door. As the synopsis states: “All these things are true. And yet some of them are lies.” Told from multiple perspectives, including Olivia the cat, I couldn’t determine if I was enjoying what I was reading. I was confused at times, and yet I had this propulsive need to flip the pages as my mind tried to process the bizarre events. And then everything comes together. And it is a DOOZY! This has got to be one of the most original novels I’ve ever read, and it’s brilliant how author Catriona Ward lays everything out and makes it all work splendidly and cohesively in the end. I really can’t say too much about this one without giving anything away, but I’ll just say you should read it to believe it! I have no idea what genre I would put it in. Psychological Horror? Thriller? Something else? NO CLUE! I may have to read this, or at least parts of it, again to fully wrap my head around it. It’s a mindf- - k, and I can understand why it seems to be one of the most anticipated books for many readers. There are triggers, but I won’t discuss them here as I don’t want to spoil anything. 4 stars, but may move up as I am really still processing this SMART story. You do NOT want to miss this one! Thank you to Tor Nightfire for sending me a widget of the ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The book will be published in the U.S on: 9/28/21. Review also posted at: https://bonkersforthebooks.wordpress.com

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jayme

    ONLY 3 ⭐️ for my enjoyment level of the story BUT...5 ⭐️ for the spectacular Audible performance by Christopher Ragland! (I still cannot believe this was just one narrator!) Sssh! Do you want to know a secret?🤫 👏🏻 Bravo to the marketing team of this novel for saying VERY little, and making us ALL want to know the secrets contained within the pages of this book. What is said: That it’s a story of a man named Ted, who lives with his daughter Lauren and his cat Olivia in a house at the end of Needless ONLY 3 ⭐️ for my enjoyment level of the story BUT...5 ⭐️ for the spectacular Audible performance by Christopher Ragland! (I still cannot believe this was just one narrator!) Sssh! Do you want to know a secret?🤫 👏🏻 Bravo to the marketing team of this novel for saying VERY little, and making us ALL want to know the secrets contained within the pages of this book. What is said: That it’s a story of a man named Ted, who lives with his daughter Lauren and his cat Olivia in a house at the end of Needless Street. And, that it’s a story of a murderer, a stolen child and revenge. Also said: That all of these things are true. And, at the same time that some of them are lies. BUT that is all that the beautiful book jacket will tell you. 👏🏻 Bravo to the reviews that have come before mine, which revealed almost nothing more-making this THE MOST INTRIGUING BOOK OF 2021! AND! MY MOST ANTICIPATED READ OF THE YEAR! The story INITIALLY reveals itself through the perspectives of Ted and Olivia. YES-Olivia the cat! And, while I struggled to believe that any woman would’ve gotten intimate with Ted-I had no trouble believing in a talking cat! 🙀 As the author will tell you in the afterword (which you MUST read) , the book does begin as HORROR. But then it evolved into.....something else. And, it’s the something else we are all not telling you about. You have to read it for yourself. Unlike, apparently everyone else, this book WON’T make my favorites list this year. I didn’t really enjoy the story. BUT-I can’t argue with the fact that the misdirection was flawless and that I was dying to be in on the secret! Unique and Creative-4 ⭐️ final rating. Thank You to Macmillan Audio for providing a listen 🎧 through NetGalley shelf! And, to my friend Susan for providing a gifted copy 🎁 which I read simultaneously! Available now in the UK Available September 28, 2021 in the U.S.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kat (Books are Comfort Food)

    The Last House on Needless Street is not a thriller, nor is it your average psychological story. Oh, it’s very dark, frightening and creepy, no doubt. But it’s more than that and herein lies the book’s genius. Ted is a recluse, living in an old house, stifled of living energy. He lives with his cat, Olivia, and his daughter, Lauren, who sometimes visits. Her visits are odd and she comes and goes. Teds favorite places are outdoors, including the dense, dark woods that hold on to secrets come night The Last House on Needless Street is not a thriller, nor is it your average psychological story. Oh, it’s very dark, frightening and creepy, no doubt. But it’s more than that and herein lies the book’s genius. Ted is a recluse, living in an old house, stifled of living energy. He lives with his cat, Olivia, and his daughter, Lauren, who sometimes visits. Her visits are odd and she comes and goes. Teds favorite places are outdoors, including the dense, dark woods that hold on to secrets come nightfall. At times, I was frustrated because it’s a slow-burn book that felt slower because I read some, then stopped to think about what I read and then I was back pushing pages again. There were a few parts I reread over again, because surely I was misreading that I just read. Not to mention there were times I thought the author slipped off her rocker. This is an excellent read! And when you read it, stick with it and you will thank yourself for doing so. Note, I’ve kept this very generic as I do t want to give anything away.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sheyla ✎

    Ted is a loner. He lives in Needless Street and avoids his neighbors. His only companions are his cat, Olivia, and his daughter Lauren who comes for short visits too. Ted's parents are both gone and his childhood home is now his house. He tries to maintain the upkeep of his property but he doesn't do a very good job. When he was a kid he used to go to school but he never really developed close friendships. His mother was a nurse and she took care of him after his father left. Ted became a reclus Ted is a loner. He lives in Needless Street and avoids his neighbors. His only companions are his cat, Olivia, and his daughter Lauren who comes for short visits too. Ted's parents are both gone and his childhood home is now his house. He tries to maintain the upkeep of his property but he doesn't do a very good job. When he was a kid he used to go to school but he never really developed close friendships. His mother was a nurse and she took care of him after his father left. Ted became a recluse when his face was in the newspapers. His face was associated with the disappearance of a young girl. She disappeared near the lake and her body was never found. People said Ted had an alibi, but the girl's sister, Dee is not too sure. Is Ted the monster who took Lulu? Did Ted kill her? If so, can Dee find out the truth? You would have to read (or listen to it as I did) this book to know what really happens. Yes, this book is unconventional. Olivia, the cat, has her own chapters which might dissuade some readers. I will say, persevere, IT'S WORTH IT. Furthermore, I think Olivia became my favorite character. The audio was superb and the narrator did a wonderful job at interpreting each character and their own turmoil. Cliffhanger: No 4/5 Fangs A complimentary copy was provided by Macmillan Audio/Macmillan-Tor/Forge via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

  10. 5 out of 5

    Joanne Harris

    In my experience, books like this don't come around too often. An intelligent, well-written, stylish psychological thriller, written in mutiple distinct voices; with a perfectly-structured plot arc and a perfectly satistfying whammy at the end - I would say I inhaled this in one, but I think I was too busy holding my breath throughout. Bravo. In my experience, books like this don't come around too often. An intelligent, well-written, stylish psychological thriller, written in mutiple distinct voices; with a perfectly-structured plot arc and a perfectly satistfying whammy at the end - I would say I inhaled this in one, but I think I was too busy holding my breath throughout. Bravo.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    Wowza! What a story! All these things are true. And yet they are all lies... When I first starting reading this, I was instantly intrigued!! A missing girl, a cat that reads the bible and a man with mental health issues! Bring-it-on! And she does! Catriona Ward brings it on in this book. Try to go in knowing as little as possible. The synopsis is all you need to begin this book. Because things get interesting and then *BAM* your socks will get knocked off. I loved how original this book was an Wowza! What a story! All these things are true. And yet they are all lies... When I first starting reading this, I was instantly intrigued!! A missing girl, a cat that reads the bible and a man with mental health issues! Bring-it-on! And she does! Catriona Ward brings it on in this book. Try to go in knowing as little as possible. The synopsis is all you need to begin this book. Because things get interesting and then *BAM* your socks will get knocked off. I loved how original this book was and how it was told. I enjoyed all the characters, but I will admit, Olivia the bible reading cat won me over! Holy Moly, a bible reading cat! Why yes! Aren't all cats’ readers? They sure like hanging out in bookstores. But I digress.... Did I mention this book has a bizarre feel to it? No, well there is a bizarre feel to this book. An uneasy feel which permeates throughout the book. It's unnerving and will have you scratching your head... Initially, we know two things: a young girl has gone missing while enjoying the day at the lake with her family and a man named Ted lives in the house, he grew up in. He is basically reclusive and has mental health issues. I am being purposely vague as a.) I want readers to go in blind and b.) I think knowing too much will ruin parts of the book for you. Whew! What a book! Again, go in blind. Along the forty percent mark, I started thinking hmmm....and wondering.... believing I had some things figured out..... Then the author brought it a little further in the book. There is a part where everything will make sense, you will understand why things feel bizarre, now things are becoming clear.... but not everything, not yet! Ward is not giving away the farm- all at once. She still saves some until the end. This was a highly creative, original, and well thought out novel. Plus, it has a fantastic 'aha' moment! My head is spinning! I cannot wait to read what Ward writes next. If this book is not on your radar, it needs to be! Thank you to Macmillan-Tor/Forge and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own. Read more of my reviews at www.openbookposts.com

  12. 4 out of 5

    Char

    Rarely do I struggle to find words about a book that I loved, but I find myself in that position right now. THE LAST HOUSE ON NEEDLESS STREET blew me away. There are many narratives here and several threads to follow-most of which lead down spoiler lane. But after mulling it over, here is what I've come up with: This tale is beautifully written and I was immediately drawn to these characters and making assumptions about them. The author's skills in character building are nearly unmatched, and I h Rarely do I struggle to find words about a book that I loved, but I find myself in that position right now. THE LAST HOUSE ON NEEDLESS STREET blew me away. There are many narratives here and several threads to follow-most of which lead down spoiler lane. But after mulling it over, here is what I've come up with: This tale is beautifully written and I was immediately drawn to these characters and making assumptions about them. The author's skills in character building are nearly unmatched, and I had clear pictures in my head of all of them. Them being: Ted the awkward man who's overweight, and lives in a boarded up house; Lauren, Ted's daughter, who is rarely seen outside because it's much safer for her inside; Olivia, Ted's cat. Olivia likes to read the bible, worship the lord, nuzzle up to Ted and she doesn't go outside either. Lastly, there's Dee whose sister disappeared back when Dee was a teenager and that event has loomed over her life ever since, like a huge dark joy-sucking shadow. The entire book is written in such a way that the mysteries keep piling up and the reader begins to wonder how all these secrets are going to be disclosed before the story comes to an end. But have no doubt, dear reader, when these secrets are unleashed it will leave you off centered and a bit stunned. A sublime book of psychological dark fiction, both beautifully crafted and well told, I know that I'll be reading this book again. Even though it has already divulged all of its secrets to me, there is a certain joy in reading thoughtful, powerful prose. Beyond the enjoyment of the story itself, is the joy of words and how they are put together to create a flawless narrative. A narrative that, in the end, may have made this black-hearted horror lover break down and cry. Maybe. You know what? I just can't do this book justice with my measly words, so I'll just say that THE LAST HOUSE ON NEEDLESS STREET has earned my highest recommendation! *Thank you so very much to Tor/Nighfire and to NetGalley for the e-ARC. paperback ARC and the audio ARC in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*

  13. 5 out of 5

    Liz Barnsley

    The first book in a long time that I'd like to be able to give more than 5* to, The Last House On Needless Street is a deeply disturbing, atmospheric gothic novel that you will find almost impossible to put down. When you get to those final pages trust me you'll have a visceral reaction. Which will be individual to you. A stunning piece of fiction. If it doesn't win every relevant prize going in 2021 there's something wrong somewhere. Full review upon release. The first book in a long time that I'd like to be able to give more than 5* to, The Last House On Needless Street is a deeply disturbing, atmospheric gothic novel that you will find almost impossible to put down. When you get to those final pages trust me you'll have a visceral reaction. Which will be individual to you. A stunning piece of fiction. If it doesn't win every relevant prize going in 2021 there's something wrong somewhere. Full review upon release.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Walsh

    4.5 stars rounded up to 5. This book was splendid, sinister, startling and surprising. It was beautifully written and the story unique, containing dark, eerie, complicated, and mind-blowing elements. There were also undercurrents of compassion, tenderness, and hope along with the dread. The storyline was wise, sad, and creepy. How to categorize this brilliant book? Is it a literary Gothic mystery, a domestic thriller about a dysfunctional family, a horror story, or a creepy tale about a serial 4.5 stars rounded up to 5. This book was splendid, sinister, startling and surprising. It was beautifully written and the story unique, containing dark, eerie, complicated, and mind-blowing elements. There were also undercurrents of compassion, tenderness, and hope along with the dread. The storyline was wise, sad, and creepy. How to categorize this brilliant book? Is it a literary Gothic mystery, a domestic thriller about a dysfunctional family, a horror story, or a creepy tale about a serial killer? Was it all of these, some of them, or something entirely new and original? It was truly an extraordinary and disturbing read. The only drawback for me came at a point where my mind felt it would explode with the storyline's complexities and revelations. I had to go back to figure out what was real in the far and near distant past, and their implications for the present and future. I will not summarize any of the plot. I highly recommend this book, and urge readers to approach it without any surprises and there will be plenty. This was an absorbing, complex read and it should put its author, Catriona Ward, in the must-read category for this and her future novels.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Holly B

    After all my GR friends amazing reviews, I had to add this one!! Not sure if I'll be approved, but I may have to wait until release date and thats okay! Denied for the book, but approved for the Audio (on NG now)! After all my GR friends amazing reviews, I had to add this one!! Not sure if I'll be approved, but I may have to wait until release date and thats okay! Denied for the book, but approved for the Audio (on NG now)!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Indieflower

    I didn't so much as read this book as become entangled in it, creepy, gothic, dark, disturbing, twisty and heartbreaking, every time I thought I'd figured it out, another element came along to derail my theory. It's a hard one to review without spoilers but is told by 3 narrators, Ted, a very odd man who takes care of his young daughter and his cat, Dee, a young woman who is convinced that Ted kidnapped her little sister years before, and last but not least, Olivia the cat. I was totally intrigu I didn't so much as read this book as become entangled in it, creepy, gothic, dark, disturbing, twisty and heartbreaking, every time I thought I'd figured it out, another element came along to derail my theory. It's a hard one to review without spoilers but is told by 3 narrators, Ted, a very odd man who takes care of his young daughter and his cat, Dee, a young woman who is convinced that Ted kidnapped her little sister years before, and last but not least, Olivia the cat. I was totally intrigued throughout, I loved trying to puzzle it out through the distinct voices of the characters and was gripped by the sense of mystery and weirdness. All in all, an unusual, very different kind of story and very much worth reading.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Emily May

    "Everyone has a monster inside them," he says. Layers under layers under layers. The Last House on Needless Street is one of those books that starts very strange and then gradually reveals itself over the course of the novel. If you think you have it figured out, I'd wager you're wrong about at least some of it. Other reviewers said "twist", but this is not one of those books that hands you a kaboom of a reveal and that's it. Be shocked or disappointed, depending on whether or not you figured "Everyone has a monster inside them," he says. Layers under layers under layers. The Last House on Needless Street is one of those books that starts very strange and then gradually reveals itself over the course of the novel. If you think you have it figured out, I'd wager you're wrong about at least some of it. Other reviewers said "twist", but this is not one of those books that hands you a kaboom of a reveal and that's it. Be shocked or disappointed, depending on whether or not you figured it out. Nope. This book is a slow unravelling of the truth. It could be regarded as a little bit scary in parts, but this is far from your standard horror novel. We meet several narrators over the course of the story. First, Ted. A man who lives in a ramshackle house with his cat and, sometimes, his daughter Lauren. It is obvious that Ted's mind might not be working as it should, whether due to alcohol or some underlying condition, who can say? Then, in come the perspectives of Lauren and even the cat, Olivia. One thing quickly becomes clear: all is not well in the last house on Needless Street. Then there's Dee, the sister of a young girl who went missing years ago, and she is convinced Ted is responsible. He had been a suspect at the time, but had provided a flimsy alibi. Dee moves into the house next door to Ted, determined to prove his guilt. Ward's afterword is a must-read and I really liked hearing her reasons behind writing a book like this. In a way, it is a kind of (view spoiler)[anti-horror novel. Luring you into believing old tropes, only to shatter your perceptions. (hide spoiler)] Fascinating, unsettling, and sad. CW: Child abuse.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Blair

    The Last House on Needless Street is very much one of those 'I have to read the whole thing NOW' books. Gripping and moreish as hell, always promising another twist, setting up new mysteries at every turn... If you're the kind of reader who loves devising theories about What's Really Going On and needs to keep reading to see if you're right, you will LOVE this book. The last house on Needless Street is a bleak, tumbledown sort of place, and it's inhabited by Ted, our first narrator. He has an idi The Last House on Needless Street is very much one of those 'I have to read the whole thing NOW' books. Gripping and moreish as hell, always promising another twist, setting up new mysteries at every turn... If you're the kind of reader who loves devising theories about What's Really Going On and needs to keep reading to see if you're right, you will LOVE this book. The last house on Needless Street is a bleak, tumbledown sort of place, and it's inhabited by Ted, our first narrator. He has an idiosyncratic voice that tells us the way he sees the world is a little off-kilter. He loves watching the birds in his yard, and the book's first mystery appears when someone sets up traps there to catch and kill them. This happens on the eleven-year anniversary of a little girl's disappearance in the area, something Ted spends a lot of time thinking about: back then, he was a suspect, but CCTV footage proved he was elsewhere. The girl's sister hasn't forgotten about Ted, though, and has finally managed to track him down. She moves into the house next door, intent on proving his involvement, and their stories become entwined. This is a compelling, twisty thriller that also plays with language and form. Nowhere is this clearer than in the chapters related by one of our other regular narrators: Olivia, Ted's cat. This could easily seem gimmicky or silly, but Ward handles Olivia's voice so well that I barely questioned it, with weird and funny little details (like the fact that Olivia uses the word 'brouhaha' for dog, or her reverence for a personal god whom she refers to as the ʟᴏʀᴅ). As anyone familiar with Ward's debut Rawblood will know, she's brilliant at writing vibrant, illusory scenes – and her style really comes into its own towards the end, when everything starts to unravel. And that's all I can really say about The Last House on Needless Street without giving too much of the story away. It's likely you will guess at least some of what's going on, but still be surprised, if only by the way the material is handled. More importantly, it keeps you hooked; it's a great combination of tension and thrills with excellent writing. I received an advance review copy of The Last House on Needless Street from the publisher through NetGalley. TinyLetter | Linktree

  19. 5 out of 5

    Whispering Stories

    Book Reviewed on www.whisperingstories.com Told from various viewpoints, including a cat called Olivia, The Last House on Needless Street is a chilling and at times disturbing story of a recluse called Ted who has mental health issues and has periods of time he doesn’t remember. Ted lives alone in the house on Needless Street, except for his cat and when his daughter Lauren comes to visit. Lauren is like an explosion. She causes so much noise and mess and hates the cat, which in turn hates her too Book Reviewed on www.whisperingstories.com Told from various viewpoints, including a cat called Olivia, The Last House on Needless Street is a chilling and at times disturbing story of a recluse called Ted who has mental health issues and has periods of time he doesn’t remember. Ted lives alone in the house on Needless Street, except for his cat and when his daughter Lauren comes to visit. Lauren is like an explosion. She causes so much noise and mess and hates the cat, which in turn hates her too. We also meet Dee whose younger sister Lulu went missing when she was a child from a day at the lakes. Not long after her disappearance Dee’s mother left and then her father died and so she has been all alone since her teenage years. She is determined to find out who took Lulu and Ted was one of the original suspects, though his house was searched and nothing turned up and he had an alibi, but that won’t stop her delving deeper. The book has a gothic feel to it. The atmosphere radiates from the pages and the writing draws you into the strange and unusual life of Ted and yet it is so intriguing. I was a little surprised to see chapters from the POV of Ted’s cat at the beginning and didn’t think they would work in a book like this, but I was so wrong. The cat has plenty to say and is very wise. The plot is very twisty and you have to stay with it. This is a book that is going to be a bit like marmite, you will either love the weirdness and mild horror/gothic thriller feel to it or you will think it is too out there and hate it. All I can say is that it is certainly captivating and the pieces of the puzzle fall into place the more you learn about the characters, though make sure you are paying attention as you just might miss some!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    This sounds AMAZING!!!! 😍

  21. 5 out of 5

    Gem ~Zero Shelf Control~

    I received this book from NetGalley and the publisher, in return for an honest review. This review is based entirely on my own thoughts and feelings. Overall rating : 5* Writing skill : 5* Characters : 4* Pace: 3* Suspense: 4* Big-Unexpected-Twist: 5* So this wasn't at all what I was expecting. I expected it to be good, I'd seen a load of hype about it on twitter, but that twist. POW! This is a hard one to review without giving anything away, so all I can really say is you have to read this. The charact I received this book from NetGalley and the publisher, in return for an honest review. This review is based entirely on my own thoughts and feelings. Overall rating : 5* Writing skill : 5* Characters : 4* Pace: 3* Suspense: 4* Big-Unexpected-Twist: 5* So this wasn't at all what I was expecting. I expected it to be good, I'd seen a load of hype about it on twitter, but that twist. POW! This is a hard one to review without giving anything away, so all I can really say is you have to read this. The characters are complex, to say the least, and the writing is magnificent. I can honestly say this is unlike anything else I've read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    I caught on to what was going on very early and as such it was a rather needless read. Nevertheless, the concept is clever and it is a valiant effort.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Em

    A deliciously fucked-up, audacious, ambitious book about murder, identity, and cats, coming October 2021.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kristi

    When I started The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward, I thought I knew exactly what I was in for but as it turns out, I. Knew. Nothing. There’s a lot to be said about the characters in this book – a hair-pulling misbehaved child, a bible reading cat, an awkward loner and a woman looking for her sister gone missing long ago. We hear from all of them and each voice is rich and descriptive giving their perspective of the events going on around them both past and present. But how do the When I started The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward, I thought I knew exactly what I was in for but as it turns out, I. Knew. Nothing. There’s a lot to be said about the characters in this book – a hair-pulling misbehaved child, a bible reading cat, an awkward loner and a woman looking for her sister gone missing long ago. We hear from all of them and each voice is rich and descriptive giving their perspective of the events going on around them both past and present. But how do they all tie together? This, my friends, is the absolute beauty – and horror – of the story. The storyline, ah, the storyline … just when I thought I’d read it all, the author stunned me with this brilliant piece of work. Dark and atmospheric, this twisty tale is an eerie psychological thriller that surprised the tar out of me and crushed my soul. Although the events are horrific, I’m not really sure I’d describe this as horror but more a really deep dive into the realm of psychological suspense that hits every nerve on the way down. This is a short review but I don’t want to reveal any spoilers! My advice is to go into this book with only the synopsis and experience it from there. Narration: Christopher Ragland narrates and does a stellar job moving between the characters seamlessly! He presented each character’s individuality and distinctive nuances beautifully! A joy to listen to. Thank you to @TorNightfire and @Macmillan.Audio for the DRC and ALC CW: Child abuse, Gore

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mandy White (mandylovestoread)

    I really do not know how to start talking about The House on Needless Street. If you have read it you will understand this. At first I wasn’t sure about it at all, it was confusing and very unsettling. But as you go on it is so much more. It is dark and misleading and very very creepy. In the end I didn’t want to put it down. What is it about? Again that is hard to say.. here is some of the synopsis from the back cover... This is the story of a murderer. A stolen child. Revenge. This is the story I really do not know how to start talking about The House on Needless Street. If you have read it you will understand this. At first I wasn’t sure about it at all, it was confusing and very unsettling. But as you go on it is so much more. It is dark and misleading and very very creepy. In the end I didn’t want to put it down. What is it about? Again that is hard to say.. here is some of the synopsis from the back cover... 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. Take from that what you will. I though ai knew what was coming, I thought that I had it all worked out.. boy was I wrong. So many dark and twisty turns to an ending you will gasp out loud to. And then you will have all the pieces to this crazy puzzle and only then will it make sense. An absolute insane book that I recommend giving a try. Not really sure what to categorise it as.. a dark, gothic part horror part psychological thriller maybe. Thanks to Allen and Unwin for my advanced copy of this book to read. It is out in Australia now.

  26. 5 out of 5

    bookswithpaulette

    What a surprise, absolutely loved this one, so creepy. Full review to come. 4.5 stars

  27. 5 out of 5

    Gavin

    An outstanding tale that grabs you by the throat from page one. It applies increasing pressure until you reach a finale that will leave you shattered Brilliantly written, skillfully plotted #TheLastHouseOnNeedlessStreet is a chilling masterclass.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Maisha Farzana Himi

    “Anyway the trick to life is, if you don’t like what is happening, go back to sleep until it stops.” "I judge people two ways- on how they treat animals, and what they like to eat. If their favourite food is some kind of salad, they are definitely a bad person. Anything with cheese, they are probably OK." [The Plot:The needless street, which leads you to absolutely to nowhere. It's a dead end. The Last house on the needless street. The house is always dark. Sunlight probably has never entered here. “Anyway the trick to life is, if you don’t like what is happening, go back to sleep until it stops.” "I judge people two ways- on how they treat animals, and what they like to eat. If their favourite food is some kind of salad, they are definitely a bad person. Anything with cheese, they are probably OK." [The Plot:The needless street, which leads you to absolutely to nowhere. It's a dead end. The Last house on the needless street. The house is always dark. Sunlight probably has never entered here. The windows are always shut. The doors are never opened unless it's a necessary. There is no way to know what's going on here. Here lives a man who only steps outside when it's dark. He roams into the deep forest with a slack on the back and a knife in the hand. Here leaves a cat named Olivia. She's an inside cat. And a child also lives here who never ever leaves the house. Nobody has ever seen her. Who's she? No one knows. Eleven years ago, a 6 years old girl went missing. People call her "The girl with the popsicle". Someone is looking for her for so many years.] The Last House on Needless Street is an atmospheric gothic thriller. The less you know before starting the book, the better. Because the plot is everything here. You may get spoiled. The author has successfully created an unsettling and confusing in plot in a really bizarre setting that you will keep guessing what's going on till the very end.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    I thank you Viper books for a copy of The last house on Needless Street by Catriona Ward. I have heard good reviews about this book, so I was looking forward to reading this. The story is about Ted and his daughter Lauren. They live in the last house on Needless street. But you wouldn’t think that they are a normal family and live in a normal house as Ted acts strangely and is scared to the normal things a man does. He also wears strange clothes and even eats strange things. Lauren is not allowe I thank you Viper books for a copy of The last house on Needless Street by Catriona Ward. I have heard good reviews about this book, so I was looking forward to reading this. The story is about Ted and his daughter Lauren. They live in the last house on Needless street. But you wouldn’t think that they are a normal family and live in a normal house as Ted acts strangely and is scared to the normal things a man does. He also wears strange clothes and even eats strange things. Lauren is not allowed to do the normal things a kid her age does and wears strange clothes too. She is not allowed out of their house which the windows are boarded up and they have a talking cat. There is also Dee who has just moved in next door. Who is searching for her lost sister and thinks that Ted has something to do with her disappearance? I can’t even tell you what type of book this is as I found it very surreal and weird and to be honest, I was actually going to DNF it. But I continued on. I also thought it was sad as the perpetrator was a victim himself when he was younger, so he didn’t know better. The story is told in several points of view in the past and present that confused me throughout and the ending was very disappointing, and I didn’t really get the ending at all. Three stars from me.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kristyn

    It's going to be difficult to review this book without spoiling it so I'm going to keep this short and sweet. A little girl goes missing while at the lake for the day, a man is suspected of taking her but there is no proof, and her sister has never stopped looking for her. This book has four narrators: Ted who is the suspected kidnapper, Ted's daughter Lauren, Dee who is the missing girl's sister, and the most interesting narrator is Olivia who is Ted's cat. Being inside Ted's head is very distu It's going to be difficult to review this book without spoiling it so I'm going to keep this short and sweet. A little girl goes missing while at the lake for the day, a man is suspected of taking her but there is no proof, and her sister has never stopped looking for her. This book has four narrators: Ted who is the suspected kidnapper, Ted's daughter Lauren, Dee who is the missing girl's sister, and the most interesting narrator is Olivia who is Ted's cat. Being inside Ted's head is very disturbing and it's not a nice place to be. Ted is not a good person, but I couldn't help sympathizing with him and that made me feel dirty. This book was really messing with my head. Although there are some clues dropped along the way, I had no idea how it was all going to play out and I was in for some very interesting surprises. This book will be staying with me for a long time. I recommend this book to anyone who likes thrillers and books that really get inside the narrator's head(s).

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