The Last House on Needless Street

Catriona Ward. Tor Nightfire, $27.99 (352p) ISBN 978-1-250-81262-9
Ward (Rawblood) keeps readers deliciously off-balance throughout this multifaceted tale of isolation, mental illness, and child abuse. Ted Bannerman still lives in the house he grew up in, and often spirals through upsetting thoughts about his childhood while obsessing over the things he’s buried in the nearby woods. His companions are Lauren, a teenage girl with anger issues who Ted refers to as his daughter and whom he does not allow to interact with anyone but himself, and Olivia, a devoted cat who feels she has a mission from God to protect Ted. His only confidant is the “bug man,” a therapist from whom he struggles to hide his true feelings. When Dee Walters becomes convinced that Ted kidnapped her little sister from the beach 11 years earlier, she moves in next door to investigate, throwing off Ted’s routines. Meanwhile, Lauren’s anger becomes increasingly difficult for Ted to manage. There’s a creeping sense of something off with every member of the cast, even as Ward immerses the reader in each of their hyperfocused points-of-view. Subtle clues scattered throughout make terrifying sense in retrospect as the bigger picture slowly comes into focus. This masterful horror novel packs an emotional wallop that lingers. (Sept.)
Reviewed on : 04/16/2021
Release date: 09/28/2021
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror
Library Binding - 978-1-4328-9612-6
Paperback - 368 pages - 978-1-250-81264-3
Pre-Recorded Audio Player - 978-1-250-85394-3
Book - 1 pages - 978-1-250-81263-6
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