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The Last House on Needless Street (edició 2021)

de Catriona Ward (Autor)

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Títol:The Last House on Needless Street
Autors:Catriona Ward (Autor)
Informació:Tor Nightfire (2021), Edition: 1, 352 pages
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All is not well at the end of the block on Needless Street. The last home on the street houses Ted who is very obviously unhinged or disturbed or mentally ill... something is off about him. There is Olivia, Ted's cat, that loves and is fiercely protective of Ted. She has some great dialogue (mostly with herself, sometimes speaking to God though God is pretty tight lipped. She finds God's answers by swatting the bible onto the floor and reading the answering passage to glean God's meaning). There is Lauren, a teenage girl that is angsty and mistreated (trigger warning: child abuse and kidnapping?) and not allowed to leave the house especially after The Mall Incident. His neighbor is Dee, a vigilanty whose sister was taken years ago. That act was the catalyst for the ruination of every other facet of her life. She believes that Ted, a suspect in her sister's case, was implicit and never truly investigated and thus, she moved in next door to get justice for her little sister.

This book made me feel A LOT of big feelings. Feelings like despair, disgust, helplessness and even hope and by the end I slid, dreamily, into contentment. This book was NOT my normal type of read... not by a long shot and not knowing much about it going into the read was one of the main reasons I enjoyed myself as much as I did.

What made me stick with it especially when it hit raw nerves and panic inducing fears of my own (ahem children getting kidnapped and tortured??)? It was definitely the writing! The writing was beautiful and atmospheric! It wasn't flowery or verbose. It was soft and buttery at times (especially during Olivia's POV) and gritty and hard hitting during other MC's POVs (especially and understandably when Lauren has her say). The character development was intense and disjointed (on purpose) which made for an interesting time. I was constantly trying to puzzle out what exactly was happening and (at times) to whom it was happening to. I'm sure a lot of people are going to say that their favorite MC was the cat and that there should have been more of her... yes, Olivia was awesome and really had some dynamic growth BUT my favorite MC was Ted. He was raw and open and childlike and broken and misunderstood and lethal and so many other adjectives... many we can all claim. His character growth was the most dramatic and satisfying. When it all came together, in the end, I sat back and just ruminated. I languished in the soupy bliss that was my Feelings and you know what I realized? I was smiling! After such a dark, grim and anxiety inducing read, in the end I was smiling AND really, what more could you want from a read?

This book isn't a BAM POW kind of reveal. It is more along the lines of a slow, burlesque-style type of reveal whereby layers of confusion are stripped away slowly and languidly until you reach the end and are rewarded with the Full Monty... a well rounded, lush, full bodied, cohesive tale of retribution, comeuppance and ultimately healing (for various MCs on various levels).

Catriona Ward deftly weaved an unsettling story filled with slight misdirections, some brilliantly placed nuggets of truth to chew on throughout and a disjointed timeline that ingeniously resolved itself by the end. She led us on a merry chase for clues. We are purposely kept off balance scrabbling for purchase in this dark and twisted horror(esque) read... anything to explain all the zigzagging turnabouts and ultimately... it was a thing of beauty... rewarding us with some much appreciated clarity and peace of mind (sort of).

I highly reccomend this one.

~ Enjoy ( )
1 vota BethYacoub | Jan 23, 2022 |
I found this one kind of underwhelming, not nerve-shredding as Stephen King promises in his cover blurb. It employs a trope popular in fiction from the 80s, which feels stale to me (I guess 30+ years isn't long enough to freshen that theme, or maybe this is just what happens in one's fifth reading decade). Sometimes a strong sense of place can save a lackluster novel for me, but this doesn't feel to me like it takes place in the PNW. ( )
  ImperfectCJ | Jan 20, 2022 |
The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward

A fast paced psychological thriller. (With) engaging dialog told in alternating voices. I was brought deep into this emotionally charged story from the first page until the last. Just when I thought I had it all figured out a new twist or turn occurred. Overall I found The Last House on Needless Street Sneak Peek, intense, thought-provoking and memorable. I highly recommend to those who enjoy a thrilling, suspense filled, edge-of-your seat read. ( )
  SheriAWilkinson | Jan 16, 2022 |
I disliked this book intensely because it is so disturbing. But admittedly it is a brilliant study in how many times a person “can bend before they break forever.” So terribly dark, the story spirals into the lowest depths of depravity and mental illness. Extremely well written but reader beware of the walk on the dark and wild side. ( )
  kimkimkim | Jan 11, 2022 |
This was an excellent book to mess with your head. I tore through it in two days. I enjoyed the ambiguity of it, the twists and turns, the slow cultivation of empathy for the characters, as well as their different and distinct narrative voices. I also loved the setting of the house--both real and metaphorical--how it changed, was sometimes a comfort and sometimes claustrophobic. There is a mystery, suspense, and a satisfactory resolution. The author handled often-misused horror tropes well and provided compassionate insight into the trauma of abuse. ( )
  sturlington | Jan 11, 2022 |
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