In a boarded-up house on a dead-end street at the edge of the wild Washington woods lives a family of three.
A teenage girl who isn’t allowed outside, not after last time.
A man who drinks alone in front of his TV, trying to ignore the gaps in his memory.
And a house cat who loves napping and reading the Bible.
An unspeakable secret binds them together, but when a new neighbor moves in next door, what is buried out among the birch trees may come back to haunt them all.
What I Loved
The House on Needless Street is one of those stories where the less I say about it, the more you will enjoy it. I can say this: I loved the artistry involved in telling the tale. There are so many spoiler details that even tiptoeing around them is not possible.
Each secret revealed is done at a time and in a place that just heightened the already overwhelming intensity this story delivers. And it is this intensity that pushes the story past the psychological thriller line into the realm of horror. I sometimes thought I couldn’t be within this world for another second and wanted to put the book down more than anything. The only thing that kept me going was the all-consuming desire for answers and explanations. And, boy, did I get them. I never read as wild and jaw-dropping explanations that still are plausible as contained in the pages of this novel.
What I Wish
Honestly, I wouldn’t have a clue what to wish for. The story is so artfully told, I couldn’t imagine any changes that would improve it.
Graphic death/murder including children
Reminds Me Of
As I read, I kept thinking this would be a book that Hitchcock would have wanted to get his hands on to turn into one of his movies.
The story opens with three characters: Dee, the sister of a little girl that went missing years before the novel begins; Ted, a man who lives in the house on Needless Street; and Olivia, Ted’s cat. I can’t say that I particularly liked any of the characters nor, do I believe, was I supposed to. Dee’s chapters were the easiest to read initially as they contained the least amount of nerve-shredding potency. Those chapters in the first half provide as much of a break as I was going to get. And, having a cat character is intriguing.
To Read or Not to Read
If you love psychological horror, you won’t want to miss out on this perfect story for the Halloween season.