Book Review- The Last House on Needless Street by Carriona Ward

So, this is a book I first saw on one of my bookstagrammer friend’s feed, and then my awesome co-host, Holly (@azdesert_bookworm) messaged me saying I have to read this book, well she doesn’t do that much so I knew I needed to read this and so that’s what I did.


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…

This book is the perfect thriller. It’s mixture of suspense, twists and dark and sinister characters is what makes this novel a nail biting, edge of your seat read.

It is a tale about one woman, Dee’s desperate search to find her missing sister, who disappeared from the lake many years ago. It is about Ted, a middle aged man who is a bit of a hermit and has some dark secrets of his own. It is about a street, Needless Street, where Ted lives. It is about the stories this road has to tell.

Each chapter tells the story of different characters and personalities who all contribute to the overall story, and are all linked in more ways than one.

As you may know by now, I love multiple narratives and this one is just superb. Each character clearly has their own traits, tone of voice and personality which means after a while you don’t even need to read the name of the chapter to know who is speaking, from the sweet, bible reading cat, Olivia to the dark and mysterious man who lives in the last house in Needless Street, Ted.

But suddenly, everyone thing changes, he gets a new neighbour, the first in years, Dee who has never given up looking for her sister. Things change dramatically, secrets unravel and more stories are brought to light which will change everyone’s life. This book is full of events which will shock, disturb and make you feel utterly disbelief at what is going on. There were several occasions which I had to reread a section just to absorb what just happened.

You will likely change your mind about what is going on throughout the book and the number of twists will keep you guessing until the end.

One of the best parts of this novel for me was the character development which was beautifully done, to the point that Ted physically made me feel uneasy and uncomfortable at times. This was by simple things such as the way he spoke, reacted or moved. As the story progresses and more secrets are unravelled you truly get an insight into each character and their pain, grief, suffering and deep dark secrets are so raw once uncovered it is hard to turn away from.

This is a story that will stay with me for a long time. The writing was so well executed that at times I didn’t know whether I wanted to read on as I felt so uneasy, but at the same time I couldn’t stop as I was too engaged in the storylines. This book will grip you from the first chapter and will not let go of you, so be prepared to get lost in Needless Street.

The true masterpiece to this book is the ending and I highly recommend this novel to any thriller fan.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – a thrilling, suspenseful read that is the perfect combination of everything a great thriller should be.

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