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

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'Creepy, individual and gripping' - IAN RANKIN
'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
  • 8,345

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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 * Numerous twists to shock and surprise * The Times * If you are a thriller fan, a mystery fan, and/or a horror fan, DO NOT MISS THIS BOOK. Authentically terrifying -- Stephen King Every bit as creepy, individual and gripping as The Last House on Needless Street. Bravo -- Ian Rankin 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 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 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 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 * 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
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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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3.8 out of 5 stars
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