What to buy in March? The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward @ViperBooks

‘The buzz is real.. I haven’t read anything this exciting since Gone Girl‘ – STEPHEN KING

‘This spectacular gothic fantasy is one of the most extraordinary thrillers of the year’ – DAILY MAIL

‘Catriona Ward is the new face of literary dark fiction’ – SARAH PINBOROUGH

This is the story of a murderer. A stolen child. Revenge. This is the story of Ted, who lives with his daughter Lauren and his cat Olivia in an ordinary house at the end of an ordinary street. 

All these things are true. And yet some of them are lies.

You think you know what’s inside the last house on Needless Street. You think you’ve read this story before. But you’re wrong. In the dark forest at the end of Needless Street, something lies buried. But it’s not what you think…


This is probably going to be the most difficult review I’ve ever written and probably the shortest too! I would hate to inadvertently reveal any spoilers about this brilliant gothic chiller! I said recently during Tracy Talks over on Compulsive Readers that Viper Books have gone over to the “dark side” and this book was one of the main reasons for that statement! It’s taken me a few weeks to get my head around what I read and I’m still thinking about it now which is why it’s taken me that time to think about how I would review it. Unfortunately, I’m still no further forward so here’s a review that really doesn’t do the book justice but forgive me please!

The Last House on Needless Street is a brilliantly crafted, disturbing tale narrated by Ted who lives with his daughter Lauren and his cat Olivia. It’s also narrated by Dee who moves in next door to Ted determined to find out what happened to her sister who disappeared when she was six years old during a family trip. There’s also a third narrator who may surprise you…it certainly did me!

I loved this book and it’s one of my top reads of 2021 so far. It’s shocking in its intensity and it will worm its way into your heart and mind. Highly recommended for those looking for an extraordinary, horrific but memorable thriller.

CATRIONA WARD was born in Washington, DC and grew up in the United States, Kenya, Madagascar, Yemen, and Morocco. She read English at St Edmund Hall, Oxford and is a graduate of the Creative Writing MA at the University of East Anglia. Her next gothic thriller, The Last House on Needless Street, will be published March 2021 by Viper (Serpents Tail). 

Ward’s second novel, Little Eve (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2018) won the 2019 Shirley Jackson Award and the August Derleth Prize for Best Horror Novel at the 2019 British Fantasy Awards, making her the only woman to have won the prize twice, and was a Guardian best book of 2018. Her debut Rawblood (W&N, 2015) won Best Horror Novel at the 2016 British Fantasy Awards, was shortlisted for the Author’s Club Best First Novel Award and a WHSmith Fresh Talent title. Her short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies. She lives in London and Devon.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.