Audiobook review: The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward

This may be a short review… I really think the less you know about this book going in, the better experience you will have with it. I knew very little and absolutely loved it.

What it’s about

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 thoughts

This book is dark, sad, and full of broken characters. It’s not all that scary or overly gory, but it’s definitely horror. It is a heavy read for sure, loaded with terrifying topics, but it’s not without bright spots. I have to say, this is the first book I’ve read with religious lesbian house cat as a POV character. It’s compulsively readable, well-written, at times deliberately confusing, and even when I thought I had it figured out, turns out I didn’t.

I listened to an audiobook ARC—the audio is due out September 28—and I was very impressed with it. Christopher Ragland’s narration is superb, and he gives a distinct voice to each character, even the aforementioned cat. At times I forgot I was only listening to one narrator and not a full cast.

The Last House on Needless Street has been out for a while in print, so I am sure there are more spoilery reviews out there, but I say again… if you don’t have triggers, and are in to this kind of dark, twisted horror with a pinch of absurdity, please go in to this book with as little info as possible for the full effect.

Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan Audio for my copy of this excellent audiobook in exchange for this honest review.


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