The Last House on Needless Street
Author: Catriona Ward
The Last House on Needless Street has been subject to glowing critical praise. Stephen Kin remarked ‘I haven’t read anything this exciting since Gone GIrl’. Now I’d consider Stephen King to be a good judge of horror character- but it wasn’t just the praise that drew me in, but the cover and the cover.
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…
I’ve been trying to find the best was to go about this review because the genius and the horror within the book comes from what we both think we know and don’t know. So with that in mind, I will be trying to stay as spoiler-free as possible.
The Last House on Needless Street
The Last House on Needless Street is told from multiple points of view, 3 main narrators. Each of the narrators reveals pieces of the story. The voices are so individual, they weave around the reader, drawing us deep within the narrative. What these three narrators all have in common are their unpredictability and their unreliability.
Catriona Ward writes cleverly and each chapter is complex. Her ability to lead us in a particular direction, whilst really pushing us towards something else entirely, displays an incredible level of misdirection.
It is easy to see upon reflection why her writing is compared to the likes of Gillian Flynn. They both present narrative readers are comfortable with, however, the subplots twist and turn the read around in every direction.
The first of the narrators is Ted. Ted is a simple man who is more than a little off-balanced. Throughout the chapters, we begin to learn more about Ted, his childhood, his parents and his daughter. He lives in a little house, the windows all boarded up as to not let any light in. He strikes as being immensely social awkward and he clearly suffers from mental health problems.
Dee, the next narrator, is the older sister of Lulu who was abducted at age 6. Dee has devoted her life to finding out what happened to Lulu. She has her own issues and complexities- one such reveal had me put the book down and I had to walk away for a bit. I was absolutely blindsided.
I will not divulge anymore on the narrators, as I said before going into The Last House on Needless Street knowing nothing is the best way.
A complex, twisting and turning tale
I can confidently recommend The Last House on Needless Street to fans of gothic horror. There is a send of the macabre and dispair in every chapter. Whilst The Last House on Needless Street is not drenched in viscera or bloody, it is violent in the sense of dread and foreboding. I doubt you will have ever read something like The Last House on Needless Street.
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