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THE LAST HOUSE ON NEEDLESS STREET, by Catriona Ward (Audiobook)

5 out of 5 stars. I’ve never been so flabbergasted in my life! You won’t know what hit you in the end!

5 stars

What did I just read?!?! I am officially all freaked out!

I was so close to DNFing this audiobook because,  at first, it was slow going,  listening to Ted’s description of his cloistered life with his daughter,  Lauren, and his cat, Olivia. (I now realize that I should have paid a bit more attention to this part!)

Then,  as the story progressed, the bizarre hints of  something dark and horrible lurking in the background began to make me feel extremely anxious.  I did suspect dissociative personality disorder, but not the extent of it, and  that ginormous twist at the end had me shaking my head with bewilderment and spluttering, “but….. but….. but…..!”

This is a book you should read   –  or, as in my case, listen to –  twice.  (But I just don’t think I  could bear to listen to it again!  Oh my nerves!  My poor nerves!!)  Holy smokers, this was a jaw dropper!

I therefore highly encourage you to stick with it and get past the first few chapters.  Nothing really makes total sense until the very end.  Everyone has secrets that they are hiding, even Dee, who devotes her life to  searching for her abducted sister, Lulu.  The twists just kept coming:  and that ending – I’m scarred for life now!

I totally understand why the movie rights for  this novel were  snatched up even before it hit the proverbial bookshelves.

I’m going to rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars just because I was so, so, so, so, so, so WRONG!!!  And the part that I got right just did not matter in comparison!  I’ve never been so flabbergasted in my life!  You won’t know what hit you in the end!

My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy of the Audiobook, which was brilliantly narrated and dramatized by Christopher Ragland.  His range of voice is incredible: and his imitation of female voices was equally superb and totally convincing!!

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