The Last House on Needless StreetThe Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward
Published by Nightfire on September 28, 2021
Pages: 352
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Bantering Books Rating: five-stars

Catriona Ward's The Last House on Needless Street is a shocking and immersive read perfect for fans of Gone Girl and The Haunting of Hill House.
In a boarded-up house on a dead-end street at the edge of the wild Washington woods lives a family of three.
A teenage girl who isn’t allowed outside, not after last time.A man who drinks alone in front of his TV, trying to ignore the gaps in his memory.And a house cat who loves napping and reading the Bible.
An unspeakable secret binds them together, but when a new neighbor moves in next door, what is buried out among the birch trees may come back to haunt them all.

Bantering Books Review

The Last House on Needless Street is . . .
No, it’s . . .
You see, the story is really about . . .

Gah! Sorry, but I just can’t tell you.

If I did, your fun would be spoiled. And believe me, Catriona Ward’s novel is one you do NOT want spoiled.

Here’s what you need to know:

The story is about Ted. Ted lives in the last house on Needless Street with his daughter, Lauren, and his cat, Olivia. A murder has occurred. A child has been stolen.

The novel is part horror, part gothic mystery, and part thriller. It’s disturbing and eerie. It’s hauntingly atmospheric.

And at its outset, not much of it makes sense. You will be utterly confused while you read it. It will feel like you are wearing blinders and have lost your peripheral vision, as the surrounding world of the characters is claustrophobically blurred and obscured.

But you will hang on Ward’s every word. Because The Last House on Needless Street is uniquely creative. It’s unputdownable. And by novel’s end, you will find yourself far from where you began.

It’s pretty darn brilliant.

The Last House on Needless Street publishes September 28th, 2021. If you can’t wait until September to read it, you can do as I did and order the UK release from Book Depository.