Review of The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward
5 Stars and I highly recommend
Beautifully unsettling. Rarely do I pick up a book that has me sucked in within the first few lines, but this book did that. Captivating and unsettling, Last House was like a boat ride on rocky seas- there was never a moment when I felt like the earth was securely below my feet. At any moment, I could teeter and fall, unable to trust each new step forward. Ward did this masterfully, keeping me hooked and stumped as she twisted and turned through the story. Each character was well written and executed. Ted’s story, in particular, was told with such an elegant literary style that I found myself rereading lines and passages for the sheer art and beauty. The ending is both heart-rending and haunting, and I look forward to rereading this book for all the qualities above. I’ve read some reviews that say this is not true horror, but horror is so multifaceted and immense. There are sub-categories of horror that most overlook. On that note, I’ll leave you with this one thought- Not all horror is blood and gore, demons and monsters. Sometimes, the most frightening monsters of all are human.
In a boarded-up house on a dead-end street at the edge of the wild Washington woods lives a family of three.
A teenage girl who isn’t allowed outside, not after last time.
A man who drinks alone in front of his TV, trying to ignore the gaps in his memory.
And a house cat who loves napping and reading the Bible.
An unspeakable secret binds them together, but when a new neighbor moves in next door, what is buried out among the birch trees may come back to haunt them all.