The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward #bookreview #psychologicalthriller #suspense #TuesdayBookBlog

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.

With this book blurbed by heavy hitters Stephen King, Joe Hill, and Sarah Pinborough, I doubt many readers passed on requesting it from NetGalley. And what an eerie cover!

It’s difficult to review this without giving away spoilers, but let’s give it a shot. A layered story, a gradual reveal, a slow unraveling of the truth – all are apt descriptions of this novel. You’ll form and discard plenty of theories. Some of them may actually be half correct – or not. Told primarily from the viewpoints of Ted, his daughter Lauren, and Olivia the cat (as a servant to many feline overlords over the years, I can say the author totally nailed a cat’s internal thoughts), it’s clear early on something isn’t right in this house. Sometimes their viewpoints contradicted each other, and I questioned if they were even reliable narrators.

This is a dark, dark novel that may make you uncomfortable at times with its subject matter. You may not even like the story and characters, but it grabs you in a way that makes it nearly impossible to stop turning the pages so you can discover exactly what’s going on in this boarded up house.

Intriguing, disorienting, heart-breaking, and horrific at times, this isn’t a story for the faint of heart, but it’s one I’d highly recommend to fans of dark psychological suspense/thrillers bordering on horror. Make sure to read the author’s note at the end of the story.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.  Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

28 thoughts on “The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward #bookreview #psychologicalthriller #suspense #TuesdayBookBlog

  1. Eeesh, I’m still torn on this. It sounds pretty dark, and I’m not sure that’s for me. I do love your comment about being a servant to feline overlords, LOL. I like the idea of Olivia, the cat, getting a POV. On my maybe list.

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  2. I loved this book! I went into it blind, so I totally didn’t know what was going on and kept searching for clues. I think that was part of my enjoyment. You are right that people need to read the author’s notes at the end (AFTER they’re done reading the book). Good review! Olivia was fabulous.:-)

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    1. Definitely after they read the book, lol. I just loved Olivia’s voice. The author clearly is familiar with cats. I also kept searching for clues – didn’t she just say… wasn’t that a few days ago… All sorts of things crossed my mine.


  3. I think I was uncomfortable all the time not just sometimes. lol. Well, at least until the big secrets began being revealed and then I was able to reframe it and it was much less intense for me. But I recognize a good story when I read it and this is definitely an excellent one. Great review!

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  4. I don’t know what to make of all that, but I’m definitely intrigued. I loved Hill House and I don’t think “love” is the right word for Gone Girl, but it did keep me turning the pages. I’m definitely interested in this one. Thanks, Teri.

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