This is the story of a serial killer. A stolen child. Revenge. Death. And an ordinary house at the end of an ordinary street.

All these things are true. And yet they are all lies…

You think you know what’s inside the last house on Needless Street. You think you’ve read this story before. That’s where you’re wrong.

In the dark forest at the end of Needless Street, lies something buried. But it’s not what you think…

My Review

Ted Bannerman lives with his daughter Lauren and his cat Olivia. They live in the last house on Needless Street, on the edge of a forest where secrets lie buried. All the windows in the house are boarded up and no-one other than Ted goes in or out. Ted is a recluse. He’d love to have a friend but he doesn’t know how. We have flashbacks to Little Teddy when he lived with his Mommy and Daddy.

Eleven years ago Dee and little sister Lulu were at the lake with their parents, when six-year-old Lulu was taken. She became known as Little Girl with Popsicle and though the police searched and searched, no trace of her was ever found. But Dee is convinced that Ted was responsible, even though he had an alibi.

However, if you think this is a straightforward missing child story, think again. Yes it’s a story about kidnapping, child abduction and abuse but that’s where the similarity ends. Written from the point of view of Ted, Lauren, Olivia and Dee, everything is true but nothing is as it seems. I have never read anything quite like it before.

I can’t really say anything else without spoilers, but please do read this incredible book. It’s original, unique, beautifully written and full of tragedy, sadness and hope. It’s a work of genius, a true masterpiece.

About the Author

CATRIONA WARD was born in Washington, DC and grew up in the United States, Kenya, Madagascar, Yemen, and Morocco. She read English at St Edmund Hall, Oxford and is a graduate of the Creative Writing MA at the University of East Anglia.

Stephen King praised her upcoming gothic thriller, saying: ‘The buzz building around Catriona Ward’s THE LAST HOUSE ON NEEDLESS STREET is real. I’ve read it and was blown away. It’s a true nerve-shredder that keeps its mind-blowing secrets to the very end. Haven’t read anything this exciting since GONE GIRL.’ THE LAST HOUSE ON NEEDLESS STREET is published 2021 by Viper (UK) and Tor Nightfire (USA).

Ward’s preceding novel LITTLE EVE won the 2019 Shirley Jackson Award, as well as the August Derleth Prize at the British Fantasy Awards, and was a Guardian best book of 2018. Her debut RAWBLOOD also won the 2016 August Derleth, making her the only woman to have won the prize twice. Her short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies. ‘The Pier at Ardentinny‘ was shortlisted for the ALCS Tom Gallon Trust Award organised by the Royal Society of Literature. She lives in London and Devon.

1 Comment on “The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward

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