by Catriona Ward

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LoveReading Expert Review of Sundial

A unique blend of a twisted reality and chilling beauty form to create the most thrilling and disturbing read.

So exquisitely haunting it hurts, Sundial slithers into thoughts to carve out a spot and make itself at home. Fearing for the future of both her daughters, Rob takes troubled Callie to her own childhood home in the Mojave Desert and revisits the past. I have been of fan of Catriona Ward since her debut Rawblood, each of her subsequent novels has become my new favourite, and that is most certainly the case here. Just reading the synopsis sent a shiver through me, I had to have this book! As I started to read, goosebumps shivered and skittered their way down my skin to declare just how special this was going to be. A quiet menace slipped past my boundaries to create a heightened sense of fear for what was to come. The smallest yet most vital of moments are created to tip feelings already in the balance. Trust is a scarce commodity, love though, love is more than evident as mother and daughter test their relationship. There is also a grace to be found, in the eloquence of words as they slice and then stitch to form the most vividly real and vibrant story. Sundial is an intensely dark and blazingly beautiful novel about the love that can hold us together, or shatter us into pieces. This stunning tale that hovers on a sharp edge of horror has been chosen as a LoveReading Star Book, and Liz Pick of the Month, it will undoubtedly be one of my books of the year.

Liz Robinson

Sundial Synopsis

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 she fears what Callie might do to her. Rob sees a darkness in Callie, one that reminds her of the family she left behind. She decides to take Callie back to her childhood home, to Sundial, 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...

From the bestselling author of The Last House on Needless Street comes a stunning thriller exploring the toxicity of the mother-daughter bond, and the power of the past to twist the present.

What To Read After Sundial

The Nesting
The Heatwave
Behind Her Eyes

Catriona Ward Press Reviews

The new face of literary dark fiction -- Sarah Pinborough

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

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

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ISBN: 9781788166218
Publication date: 06/10/2022
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ISBN: 9781788166195
Publication date: 10/03/2022
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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. 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.

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