The Last House on Needless Street – Catriona Ward – 29.06.21

Wow – this was a very gripping and engaging book. I read reviews that likened the plot to Russian dolls that open to reveal more twists and turns or ‘pull the rug out from under you’ just when you think you have worked out what is going on and I would agree with these reviews entirely. The book is about a small town in America where over the years several children have gone missing from ‘the lake’ where families go in the summer to swim and hang out. There are several narrators: a woman whose sister disappeared from the lake as a child and who is desperate to find her or at least to find who is responsible for her disappearance, a man with mental health issues who is visited regularly by a young girl who may be his daughter, and a cat. The narrators are unreliable and give us both clues and bum steers that keep you guessing while trying to piece together what actually happened or is happening. I found the book very enjoyable although quite disturbing. It was thought provoking and ultimately quite uplifting. Recommended.

Published by sarahrwray

I'm an erstwhile writer and forever reader and book reviewer.

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