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  • The plot is very twisty

    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!

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  • Magnificent

    My first read of a thriller written by Catriona Ward was a huge success. The Last House On Needless Street is a deeply disturbing, atmospheric gothic novel. Right from the start, I was gripped by this enthralling mystery and there was nothing disappointing in this horror tale. Well written, poignant and chock full of twists and turns it will keep even the most exacting of readers entertained. Its unique structure kept me guessing at every turn and the brilliantly orchestrated ending is unforgettable. I highly recommend The Last House On Needless Street, a riveting, magnificent story, so grab yourself a copy. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Serpent's Tail / Profile Books / Viper via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

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  • Weirdly, sadly wonderful

    I absolutrely loved this book. I almost stopped reading quite early on thinking it was goung to be too weird but I'm so glad I persisted.

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  • Exciting and unexpected narrative!

    The style of writing is exciting and the narrative moves from character to character. The plot isn’t revealed until the very end and there are so many great twists and turns! Couldn’t put this book down

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  • BRILLIANT

    My first book by this author but will not be the last! Keeps one guessing, twists and turns and then twists again. The psychology ties you in knots and is brilliantly researched and realistically portrays the effects of severe childhood trauma and abuse, demonstrating the amazing way our minds deal with the unbearable; and the effects that has on lives in the adult world. The plot is too good to spoil by my pen: Read it you won’t regret it

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