Sundial by Catriona Ward

A dark and unsettling story that will keep you on the edge of your seat!

Sundial by Catriona Ward
352 Pages
Out Now

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…


Rating: 4 out of 5.

From the very beginning you just know something dark and sinister is going on and it’s from here that this idea is built on slowly but steadily.

It’s told from Rob and Callie’s points of view, alternating chapters between them with many of the chapters going back in time to when Rob was a child herself and living at Sundial. It’s definitely a slow burn but the author really uses this to increase the fear, although what to be fearful of wasn’t always clear and that’s what made this story so fascinating. You know something bad has either happened or is going to happen but I just couldn’t figure out which direction it was going to take.

Again, similar to her previous book The Last House on Needless Street, it’s hard to go into too much detail without giving anything away. The story is built up and up until the final few chapters when everything comes together with a twist and lots of action. Whether I was a fan of the twist I’m still not sure – after all the build up I think I was expecting something truly shocking!

Overall if you’re after a dark and mysterious read then I do recommend this one.

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