Sundial : from the author of Sunday Times bestseller The Last House on Needless Street

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'A thrilling hall of mirrors filled with twists' - ALEX MICHAELIDES
'Brilliant and moving' - SARAH PINBOROUGH

You can't escape the desert. You can't escape Sundial.

Rob fears for her daughters. For Callie, who collects tiny bones and whispers to imaginary friends. For Annie, because of what Callie might do to her. Rob sees a darkness in Callie that reminds her of the family she left behind. She decides to take Callie back to Sundial, her childhood home deep in the Mojave Desert. And there she will have to make a terrible choice.

Callie is afraid of her mother. Rob has begun to look at her strangely. To tell her secrets about her past that both disturb and excite her. And Callie is beginning to wonder if only one of them will leave Sundial alive...

A gripping gothic masterpiece from the bestselling and award-winning author of THE LAST HOUSE ON NEEDLESS STREET, SUNDIAL is a must-read for fans of GIRL A and SHARP OBJECTS.

'A desert-dust nightmare with a scorpion's sting. I loved it' - EMMA STONEX, author of THE LAMPLIGHTERS

'Impossible-to-put-down. Sundial is a heart-in-the-throat smash' - JOE HILL, author of THE FIREMAN

'Ambitious, brutal and breathtakingly original' - TAMMY COHEN, author of WHEN SHE WAS BAD

'A wild, twisted family gothic unlike any you've read before' - PAUL TREMBLAY, author of A HEADFUL OF GHOSTS

'Dark and unsettling, creepy and enthralling' - LISA HALL, author of THE PARTY

'Evocative, lyrical and beautiful. I loved it' - ARAMINTA HALL, author of PERFECT STRANGERS
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Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 160 x 238 x 34mm | 560g
  • Viper
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 1788166191
  • 9781788166195
  • 30,863

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If you are a thriller fan, a mystery fan, and/or a horror fan, DO NOT MISS THIS BOOK. Authentically terrifying -- Stephen King Shocking... Ward wrongfoots the reader at every turn... Sundial is disturbing and yet ultimately moving as the bonds of love become clear * Observer Thriller of the Month * Surely one of the most talented writers working in the thriller genre today, and Sundial is a great place to start. A story where nothing is what it seems - a thrilling hall of mirrors full of deeply disturbing twists. This book will haunt you -- Alex Michaelides, bestselling author of The Silent Patient Catriona Ward has an incredible talent for conjuring up nightmares you hope you'll never wake up from. Sundial is dazzlingly inventive, utterly chilling and hauntingly unforgettable -- B.P. Walter, bestselling author of The Dinner Guest Ward is such a supple, authoritative stylist... deftly and absorbingly guiding an emotionally turbulent narrative toward the light, with an absolutely stunning final twist * Irish Times * I wish more thrillers were this witty, this cunning, and this impossible-to-put-down. Sundial is a heart-in-the-throat smash -- Joe Hill, author of The Fireman Numerous twists to shock and surprise * The Times * As brilliant and moving as you would expect from a Catriona Ward book -- Sarah Pinborough, author of Behind Her Eyes Elegantly horrifying, this tale of a family's darker-than-dark past drives the knife in deep and isn't afraid to twist. It's a desert-dust nightmare with a scorpion's sting, and I loved it -- Emma Stonex, author of The Lamplighters A full-on psychological thriller-horror with a grand finale in the desert to match. If there was any doubt that expectations would be met after The Last House on Needless Street, Sundial certainly proves they were unfounded * Crime Fiction Lover * One of the most masterful psychological thrillers you are likely to read this year * Irish Independent * If you love toe-clenching horror, you will have the time of your life * Stylist * [A] riveting mind-bender... unsettling and yet so touching * Saga * Sundial plumbs the psychological depths and traps of toxic relationships, expertly mixing suspense, shocks, and menace. It's a wild, twisted family gothic unlike any you've read before and one you won't soon forget -- Paul Tremblay, author of A Headful of Ghosts Catriona Ward has done it again. What happens when the evil in our souls destroys the good? When the ghosts we see are real? A unique and superbly written psychological horror from a talented writer at the top of her game -- Essie Fox, author of Somnambulist There's dark and then there's Catriona Ward dark. Ambitious, brutal and breathtakingly original, Sundial horrifies and impresses in equal measure -- Tammy Cohen, author of When She Was Bad Sundial confirms Catriona Ward as one of the brightest stars in horror fiction. As compelling and unique a voice for the twenty-first century as Shirley Jackson was for the twentieth -- Christopher Golden, author of Road of Bones Evocative, lyrical and beautiful, with a lightness of touch at the darkest moments. What a clever, interesting novel, which has so much to say about families, the shadow of the past and the power of story telling to redeem. I absolutely loved it -- Araminta Hall, author of Perfect Strangers Even better than The Last House on Needless Street. Dark and unsettling, creepy and enthralling -- Lisa Hall, author of The Party I absolutely adored it. Sundial is a book that will scorch the chambers your heart with the ferocity and heat of a desert wind. It lingers long afterward, like the sting of a slap -- Matt Wesolowski, author of Six Stories A mesmerising and extraordinary book. Chilling, fascinating and shocking -- Roz Watkins, author of The Devil's Dice Absolutely, stunningly, heartbreakingly wonderful. A wild beast of a book -- Virginia Feito, author of Mrs March Gothic in the blistering heat of the desert sun. Sublime writing. Astonishing and wonderful -- Kate Griffin, author of Kitty Peck and the Music Hall Murders A genius piece of storytelling. This is true horror, the horror of everyday life that we make ourselves blind to, horror that is brutal, truthful, terrifying -- Alma Katsu author of The Hunger Sundial could only have sprung from the brilliant, twisty mind of Catriona Ward. I loved it. Unnerving and clever, disturbing and beautiful. I know I'll read it again and again - and I can't wait -- Holly Watt, author of To The Lions Superb... another knockout. Evocative and lyrical, it's a heat-soaked Gothic nightmare - and a true masterclass in storytelling -- Katie Lowe, author of The Furies Catriona Ward is an absolute talent. She has written a novel so rich and beautifully layered about the lengths we go to when we are in a state of primitive fear. Sundial is spellbinding -- Liv Matthews, author of The Prank Oh god this book. Dark and visceral and original. I loved it -- Louise Beech, author of I Am Dust Brilliant. It gradually becomes more disturbing and twisted as the layers are peeled back. Excellent and unnerving. I loved it -- Guy Morpuss, author of Five Minds A truly visceral ride into the darkest of family gothic: disturbing, shocking, brutal and all too believable. When you think there's no more, the layers keep peeling back. -- Vicky Newham, author of Turn a Blind Eye I'm pretty sure my life will never be the same again. Sundial is a masterpiece -- J.M. Hewitt, author of The Life She Wants Clever, bold and gut-wrenching - will make you question everything you think you know about family and relationships. A searing book that everyone will be talking about. A tour de force! -- Awais Khan, author of No Honour Fans of Needless Street will devour this spine-tingling, twisty, nightmarish ride of novel in a day. Evocative, unsettling and utterly unputdownable - Ward is at the top of her horror game -- Ellery Lloyd, author of The Club If you were left bewitched by The Last House On Needless Street, then you are in for an even darker reckoning... this novel is up there with the master of psychological horror, Stephen King. * Buzz *
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About Catriona Ward

Catriona Ward was born in Washington, DC and grew up in the US, Kenya, Madagascar, Yemen and Morocco. She is the author of Rawblood and Little Eve, both of which won Best Horror Novel at the British Fantasy Awards, and she has also received the Shirley Jackson Award. Her third novel, The Last House on Needless Street, was a Times bestseller, The Times and Observer Thriller of the Month, and was chosen for BBC2's Between the Covers Book Club with Sara Cox.
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3,733 ratings
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4 41% (1,525)
3 22% (807)
2 7% (250)
1 2% (59)
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