ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Ted lives in the last house of his street, with his cat Olivia, and when it's his turn for custody, his daughter Lauren. He's not very sociable, as his Mommy taught him to be wary of others. In fact, his Mommy taught him lots of things he would rather not remember, but can't forget. Being 'different,' Ted was once suspected of having had a hand in the disappearance of Little Girl with Popsicle eleven years ago, and the mud has stuck, so he is very wary and set in his routines. When a new neighbour moves into the long-abandoned house next door, Ted is forced to change - and he really doesn't like that. What he doesn't know is she has a very personal interest in what happened all those years ago… A dark and engrossing Gothic sort of novel, with masterful twists and disturbing details - but also with profound sympathy for an outsider who is really trying his best to be better than others think. Lindy
Catriona Ward was born in Washington, DC and grew up in the US, Kenya, Madagascar, Yemen, and Morocco. Her debut Rawblood won Best Horror Novel at the 2016 British Fantasy Awards, and was a WHSmith Fresh Talent title. Little Eve won the Shirley Jackson Award, was a Guardian best book of 2018 and won the Best Horror Novel at the 2019 British Fantasy Awards. She lives in London and Devon.
The buzz building around Catriona Ward's The Last House on Needless Street is real. I've read it and was blown away. It's a true nerve-shredder that keeps its mind-blowing secrets to the very end. Haven't read anything this exciting since Gone Girl -- Stephen King Books like this don't come around too often. An intelligent, well-written, stylish psychological thriller... with a perfectly structured plot arc and a perfectly satisfying whammy at the end. I would say I inhaled this in one, but I think I was too busy holding my breath throughout. Bravo -- Joanne Harris, bestselling author of Chocolat The new face of literary dark fiction -- Sarah Pinborough, bestselling author of <i>Behind Her Eyes</i> A chilling and beautiful masterpiece of suspense, cunningly plotted and written with the elegant imagination of a Shirley Jackson or a Sarah Waters. I was completely enthralled -- Joe Hill, author of NOS4R2 THIS IS THE BEST HORROR NOVEL I HAVE EVER READ. Even Shirley Jackson, her Majesty, would have to concede to this one -- Natasha Pulley, author of <i>The Watchmaker of Filigree Street</i> Brilliant. This is a book everyone is going to be talking about. Dark, clever and utterly page-turning -- Cass Green, author of <i>In a Cottage in a Woods</i> Absolutely brilliant. This is extraordinary, high-wire-act horror, audacious as hell -- Christopher Golden, author of <i>Red Hands</i> a breathtakingly ambitious book, gorgeously written, and never once shies away from showing you its fangs and its beautiful blood-filled heart. Stop reading this blurb already and open the damn book -- Paul Tremblay, author of <i>A Headful of Ghosts</i> Not only edge of the seat, terrifying suspenseful horror, but it also broke my heart into tiny pieces. Such exquisite writing -- Muriel Gray, author of <i>The Ancient</i> As mad as a snake but all the better for it. A story that slinks deeply into uncomfortable places in the tradition of Fowles' The Collector. An enigmatic story of trauma -- Adam Nevill, author of <i>The Ritual</i> Breathtakingly brilliant. Dark and relentlessly twisty, the best thing I've read this year -- Lisa Hall, author of <i>The Party</i> Incredible. Absolutely creep-inducing, skin-crawling, even agonising; and also so beautiful, both in writing and heart. One of my favourite things in ages -- James Smythe, author of <i>The Explorer</i> A taut, dark, twisting exploration of the human condition. At once gripping and heartbreaking -- Rebecca F. John, author of <i>The Haunting of Henry Twist</i> Exceptional. Uplifting, terrifying, beautiful, and mesmerisingly dark -- James Brogan, author of <i>Hekla's Children</i> Jaw-droppingly original, deeply disturbing and one hundred percent heartbreaking. Psychological horror at its very best -- SJI Holliday, author of <i>Violet</i> 'Incredible. Just incredible. Throughout, I didn't know where to put my heart. A breathtaking, fiercely beautiful novel' -- Rio Youers, author of <i>Halcyon</i>