The Last House on Needless Street is eerie in a way that you say what?… wait WHAT?… what the FUCK?? About halfway through the book, I knew this was in my top 10. Period. It’s that good.

It’s very hard to review without spoilers, but I’ll do my best. This is the story of Ted (a man who lives in a boarded-up house on Needless Street) Olivia (a self-absorbed cat) Dee (a woman searching for her lost sister) and Lauren (a child who visits Ted). It twists, and twists, and twists again, then twists one more time. If you’re interested in reading this book, stop reading reviews; you’ll end up with more information than you want.

Okay, I don’t think that gave too much away.

This story is initially confusing in a way that some might find frustrating, but it’s worth pushing through. It’s like brushing away deep, deep snow to see what the story is. And that story is an absolute spine-tingler.

My brain is still a puddle.

This book is Heavy with a capital H, but sometimes it’s really funny. The author has a hilariously good understanding of cats, complete with sound effects. And Ted’s recipes? lol

Now let’s talk about the frosting on the cake: the audio performance. Christopher Ragland somehow has the range to do a full cast recording all by himself. There are men, women, kids, and even cats each with their own distinct voice. So distinct, in fact, that I checked to see how many voice actors were actually performing here. Even the cat’s meows sound realistic without being cheesy. This was a phenomenal casting choice. If you have the opportunity to listen to the audio version of this book, do.

And yes, this book is going to be divisive. I can’t imagine anyone has a neutral opinion of The Last House on Needless Street. I, for one, adored it. I have never ever read anything quite like this before.

Thanks to NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for providing a copy of this audiobook in exchange for my honest review.

CW: severe abuse