The Last House on Needless Street

Catriona Ward’s, THE LAST HOUSE ON NEEDLESS STREET, leads readers on a mystery of a cold child kidnapping case while also delving into topics of mental illness.

Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan-Tor/Forge, Tor Nightfire for providing me an e-book copy of THE LAST HOUSE ON NEEDLESS STREET to review.

I wasn’t sure how this book would read for me because I knew there were mixed reviews – readers either loved it or hated it. I think I was in between. It’s hard to review the book without giving away too much information.

Here’s the synopsis: “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…”

So, the book focuses a lot on mental illness, which is important. But, the problem I had was keeping up with the characters and how they related to the missing girl. It was also a very slow-paced plot. I enjoyed the overall creepiness of the book, which is perfect for cold weekend in January. I would enjoy reading the next book the author, Catriona Ward, writes.

I rate THE LAST HOUSE ON NEEDLESS STREET three out of five stars.

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