Review – The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward

Posted September 28, 2021 by Carole in Reviews / 5 Comments

I received this book for free from the Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review – The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona WardThe Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward
Narrator: Christopher Ragland
Published by Macmillan Audio, Tor Nightfire on September 28, 2021
Genres: Fiction / Horror
Length: 11 hours 30 minutes
Format: ARC, Audiobook
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four-stars

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.

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Wow! I spent the first half of this book trying to figure out exactly what was going on and I had plenty of guesses. I was wrong on almost every count. My head was spinning with all of the twists and turns and I couldn’t stop listening. I am so glad that I took a chance and decided to give this book a try.

This story is told from three different points of view. Ted, his cat Olivia, his daughter Lauren, and their new neighbor Dee. I have to say that the cat was my favorite of the group. Years ago, Ted was suspected of having some involvement in the disappearance of a little girl. That girl’s sister wants to see what Ted might know so she moves into the house next door. I wanted to know more about Ted, his housemates, and just what he might have done in his past. This was one of those books where you knew that there was more going on than it seemed.

Christopher Ragland did a phenomenal job with the narration of this book. I believe that this was my first experience listening to his work but I would say that I am a new fan. The voices that he used for each of the characters were distinctive and fit the personality of the characters perfectly. He added a lot of emotion and excitement into his reading which helped to bring the story to life.

I would recommend this book to others. I think that this is one of those books that it is best to go in as blindly as possible so I have kept my review brief. I look forward to reading my of Catriona Ward’s work in the future.

I received a digital review copy of this book and audiobook from Macmillan-Tor/Forge and Macmillan Audio via NetGaley.

About Catriona Ward

CATRIONA WARD was born in Washington, DC and grew up in the United States, Kenya, Madagascar, Yemen, and Morocco. She studied English at Oxford and later the Creative Writing Masters at the University of East Anglia. Her second novel, Little Eve, won the 2019 Shirley Jackson Award and the August Derleth Prize at the British Fantasy Awards. Her debut, The Girl from Rawblood, also won the 2016 August Derleth Prize, making her the first and only woman to win the prize twice. Her short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies. She divides her time between London and the remote English moors.

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5 responses to “Review – The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward

  1. The kind of book that keeps you guessing about what even is going on can either be amazing or just so confusing but this one definitely sounds like it’s on the amazing side. I need to pick this one up but will definitely go in as blind as possible.