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. In the dark forest at the end of Needless Street, something lies buried. But it’s not what you think…
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Catriona Ward’s latest doesn’t disappoint. A complex, layered, spine-chilling thriller where some things are what they seem but not all. A missing girl. A lost family. A broken sister. The lonely sad figure of Ted, his daughter and his beloved cat.
These elements converge on the edge of Needless Street, bringing fear, anguish and finally a truth but not the one I was suspecting.
The execution of Needless Street is new, inventive – even ground-breaking, with alternating chapters from all the key players. A brave, challenging piece where Ward’s superior writing skills shine through like a beacon in an already crowded thriller market.