Thank you to Viper Books for providing me with an advance copy in exchange of an honest review.
Every once and again, I stumble on an amazing book that manages to enter my heart and never leave. The Last House on Needless Street is one of those books.
When I picked this up I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into. The fact that Stephen King had reviewed the booked as “haven’t read anything this exciting since Gone Girl” I had very high expectations. There aren’t that many books that would get that review by Stephen King let’s be honest. In fact is one of the few that I found that got such high praise from him.
I didn’t need much time to finish this book simply because it was so engrossing, striking the best balance between intrigue, descriptions and mystery in my opinion. Also the structure was flawless, never revealing too much.
Catriona Ward has probably executed what will be known as one of the best books of this decade.
The book begins with Ted who in the beginning we are being told that he’s done something despicable. The way Ward executes this is intriguing and peaks the interest of the reader in wanting to understand who this Ted character is and what he’s done. The set up in this book is amazing which in itself makes the book ten times better. If the set up had been a miss I think that the whole novel wouldn’t have worked.
We’re quickly introduced to a crime that sits at the center of this this story, other POVs that are either linked to Ted or the crime and I found myself guessing throughout the book how it would end. I can safely say, that the ending surprised me–having been unable to guess who had committed the crime–but I don’t know if it is because I was so enthralled and captivated by the vivid writing or whether it was due to the want and need for the story to continue.
The Last House on Needless Street is definitely a stand out to me when it comes to thriller novels this year simply because it’s written and executed so uniquely. I wouldn’t be surprised if this book will be considered as one of the best of the decade. Ward sets the bar for thrillers very high, and I could only wish to be able one day to be able to execute a novel at the level at which she is right now.
Simply a brilliant novel that needs to be read by everyone. You will not be disappointed. Catriona Ward is establishing herself with this novel as someone to watch out for.