Have you ever read a book and first thought you knew what was going on and then as you kept reading, you start questioning everything? Well, that was my experience with The Last House on Needless Street.
Let’s start with the basic premise. In a house that has seen better days lives Ted, his daughter Lauren and Olivia. Ted is an odd sort of a fellow. Lauren is not a very happy teenager but enjoys riding her bicycle in the house. And Olivia is Ted’s cat, with a mind all her own.
Eleven years ago, Lulu, a six year old girl, disappeared from the nearby lake. Her sister Dee remains traumatized as the crime was never solved. Other children have also gone missing from the area over the years.
This is one of those books where you pretty much need to go in cold as anything anyone will tell you will probably be a spoiler. And that would be a shame as this book is one of the most original ones I’ve read in a long time.
And it’s not for everyone. It’s creepy, strange, odd, scary, sad, surprising, chilling, twisty and more. Dark, atmospheric, claustrophobic and uncomfortable to read. If I’ve turned you off, that’s good. You probably won’t like it. But if you are intrigued, take a chance on author Catriona Ward’s most unusual and well-written book. It will take you on an unexpected journey. If you start it, don’t give up. I’m betting that you too will say, “What the heck did I just read?” and you'll immediately want to talk about it.
Proceed with caution. You’ve been warned.
Many thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan-Tor/Forge for the opportunity to read this unique book in advance of its publication.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars.
Psychological Horror / Thriller.
Publication Date: September 28, 2021.
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