“A chilling and beautiful masterpiece of suspense … I was completely enthralled.”

– Joe Hill

“A true nerve-shredder that keeps its mind-blowing secrets to the very end.”

– Stephen King

“A breathtakingly ambitious book, gorgeously written, and never once shies away from showing you its fangs and its beautiful, blood-filled heart. Stop reading this blurb already and open the damn book.”

– Paul Tremblay

With reviews as great as these from the masters of horror as we know it, Catriona Ward’s The Last House on Needless Street had my attention. Ward’s novel popped up on the scene a little over six months ago, but has gained traction in the horror community in the last month or so. I rushed out to my local library and managed to snag a copy to dig into.

The Plot

Ted lives in a boarded-up house with his teenage daughter that he has partial custody over and his cat, Olivia.

Little Girl with Popsicle went missing years ago and Dee, the abducted’s sister, searches for answers.

These two stories come together as murder, darkness, and trauma are revealed.

The Verdict

While the premise of this narrative is simple, it transforms into an intricate web of a thriller. We race to find out what happened to Little Girl with Popsicle, Lulu, and if Ted is at fault. This novel will have you turning its pages and thinking about it right before you fall asleep. Wanting to get back to reading this book was on my mind every moment I did not have it in my hands.

I typically am able to see twists before they are coming, but this novel had many twists, not just the one I had figured out. There are multiple reveals near the end, and I only had one of about three figured out. That one was huge, but it did not impair my reading process. It didn’t even matter that I knew what was up, because the novel was so good that I needed to devour it.

Reading experience is often the most important factor for me when rating a novel, and my reading experience of this text was fast-paced and ravenous. My bit of advice for approaching this novel is that if you think you have it figured out, you probably do (or at least part of the truth), but that does not distract from the wordsmithing and narrative prowess that Ward writes with.

This is a good one to pick up for anyone who is a fan of the thriller genre. The novel does branch into horror in places, but this is mostly just a thriller focused around a murder. This one comes highly recommended!

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)