“DO NOT MISS THIS BOOK. Authentically terrifying.” ―Stephen King

A LibraryReads Top 10 Pick!
STARRED review from Publishers Weekly!
A Most-Anticipated Title in The Nerd Daily, LitReactor, GoodReads, CrimeReads, BookRiot, and more.

Sundial is a new, twisty psychological horror novel from Catriona Ward, internationally bestselling author of The Last House on Needless Street.

You can’t escape what’s in your blood…

All Rob wanted was a normal life. She almost got it, too: a husband, two kids, a nice house in the suburbs. But Rob fears for her oldest daughter, Callie, who collects tiny bones and whispers to imaginary friends. Rob sees a darkness in Callie, one that reminds her too much 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 worried about her mother. Rob has begun to look at her strangely, and speaks of past secrets. And Callie fears that only one of them will leave Sundial alive…

The mother and daughter embark on a dark, desert journey to the past in the hopes of redeeming their future.

“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, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Sundial is a heart-in-the-throat smash.” ―Joe Hill, New York Times bestselling author of The Fireman

Cover art by Corey Brickley
Cover design by Katie Klimowicz


CATRIONA WARD was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in the United States, Kenya, Madagascar, Yemen, and Morocco. She studied English at the University of Oxford and later earned her master’s degree in creative writing at the University of East Anglia. Ward won the August Derleth Award for Best Horror Novel for her debut, The Girl from Rawblood, and again for Little Eve, making her the first woman to win the prize twice. Little Eve also won the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel, and will be published by Nightfire.


Praise for Sundial

Sundial is as brilliant and moving as you would expect from a Catriona Ward book.”—SARAH PINBOROUGH, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes

“Catriona Ward is surely one of the most talented writers working in the thriller genre today. 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, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Patient

“Holy moly, 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 Survivor Song and A Head Full of Ghosts

“There are two things you must know about Sundial. First, it’s a great read, a genius piece of storytelling. But second, this is true horror, the horror of everyday life that we make ourselves blind to, horror that is brutal, truthful, terrifying. Catriona Ward knows horror.”—ALMA KATSU, author of The Fervor

“I wish more thrillers were this witty, this cunning, and this impossible-to-put-down. Ward writes sentences so beautiful, they ought to be stamped on the page in gold. Sundial is a heart-in-the-throat smash. It’s such a remarkable book. I was blown away.”—JOE HILL, New York Times bestselling author of The Fireman

Sundial is yet another example of Ward’s ability to create a profoundly unsettling scenario and drive it to a point of explosive terror. Dizzying, intimate, haunting.”—SARAH GAILEY, author of The Echo Wife

“Absolutely, stunningly, heartbreakingly wonderful. A wild beast of a book.”—VIRGINIA FEITO, author of Mrs. March

“As if we needed further evidence, Sundial confirms Catriona Ward as one of the brightest stars in horror fiction. As compelling and unique a voice for the 21st century as Shirley Jackson was for the 20th. She’s brilliant.”—CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN, New York Times bestselling author of Road of Bones

“No one is as expert as Catriona at pulling the rug out from under the reader’s feet. It’s eerily beautiful, haunting, wild, grotesque and darkly dazzling.”—JENNIFER SAINT, author of Ariadne

“Every twisted paragraph, every disturbing metaphor, is an intentional trap that cleverly lures us into the depths of Sundial. This novel is reminiscent of the best of Shirley Jackson and Joyce Carol Oates, and I cannot think of higher praise.”—THOMAS OLDE HEUVELT, author of HEX

“Catriona Ward has done it again with Sundial. 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 deeply dark and unexpected tale about families, love, hate, the long shadow of the past, and the redemptive power of storytelling. Clever, poetic and immersive.”—ARAMINTA HALL, author of Imperfect Women

“With viscerally beautiful prose and a setting that’s as terrifying as its inhabitants, Ward deftly peels back the layers on what it means to be sisters, to be a mother, to be human. This book will follow you into your nightmares and stick with you for a long time. A bone-chilling must-read!”—BRIANNA LABUSKES, bestselling author of A Familiar Sight

“It’s a cracker, even better than The Last House on Needless Street. It was dark, and unsettling, and creepy and enthralling.”—LISA HALL, bestselling author of The Party


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