Book Review: The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward

“There’s a monster inside each of us,’ he says. ‘If you let yours out, Ted, it might not eat you.”


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…

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My Thoughts

I have no idea where to start with The Last House on Needless Street. This book took my brain hostage for hours. I kept asking myself, “What in the hell is happening.”

This book is a special kind of horror-thriller magic one does not find often, such a rare story I doubt I will ever read anything like this again in my life. The Last House on Needless Street is a one of a kind story that will make you face the judgment you hold within yourself. Like with most horror stories, this is one that highlights how cruel humanity can and will be.

You will be searching for answers up until the last word, only then is everything clear, only then can you really get a true feel for the story Ward has crafted. The Last House on Needless Street will have you questioning every chapter, character, and yourself. There is a talking cat, Ted, his daughter Lauren, and their new neighbor Dee. The story is told shifting through their perspectives, slowly unravelling the truth.

This is not the type of horror-mystery-thriller that has an ending you can predict. While there are some spooky parts, The Last House on Needless Street is anything but your typical horror novel. You have never read anything like this book, and likely never will.

I can’t say more than what I have written here. Anything else would spoil the work Ward has put into building this world. I listened to this book on Audible, I highly recommend listening The Last House on Needless Street and then reading a physical copy. I plan to reread it soon to fully appreciate Ward’s work.

“If one thing comes to light, others follow. They are like that, secrets, they move in flocks like birds.”

Should you read The Last House on Needless Street?

Yes, a million times yes! BUT this book is not for everyone. There is violence and disturbing situations that might be triggering for some readers.

If you have read this insane novel, let me know in the comments below, or tweet me @litlemonbooks.

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