The Last House on Needless Street

Nothing and no one is as they first seem in this mystery which will keep you guessing.

Book title

The Last House on Needless Street

Author

Catriona Ward

Standalone or series

Standalone

First time reading this author?

Yes

Why I picked this

The description of it as a gothic horror and a cover quote from Stephen King.

Review copy or purchase

Thank you to the author, publishers Viper Books and NetGalley UK for access to an advance reader’s ebook. This is an honest and voluntary review.

What it’s about

Ted has a daughter and a cat. His daughter Lauren acts out. His cat Olivia consults the bible. Ted lives in a house with plywood over all the windows and thinks about what Mommy would do. Dee had a sister, Lulu who disappeared from the beach years before. A beach which is an hour’s quick march from Ted’s house. Some of these things are true, most are more complicated than they appear.

Review

This is a far more complex story than it first appears. It’s hard to elaborate on that without major spoilers, but suffice it to say no one is quite who they first appear.

As a result this isn’t an easy read. Even before the complexities of the plot start to emerge I was finding it a challenge to keep on top of the different parts of the story. The final chapters have to do a lot of the heavy lifting in explaining what’s been happening which makes the book feel a bit lopsided.

I’d describe this as a psychological mystery. It’s neither a pure horror or a thriller, although there are certainly elements of both. But, the main thing which kept me reading to the end was the need to figure out what was really going on.

If you like mysteries and stories about the complexities of the human mind I think this will appeal.

Rating

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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