Hardcover, 304 pages

English language

Published May 5, 2022 by Tor Nightfire.

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4 stars (12 reviews)

Rob is afraid of her daughter.

Callie collects tiny bones and whispers to imaginary friends, and Rob is afraid of what she might to do Annie, her younger sister. She sees a darkness in Callie that reminds her of the family she left behind, and a life she has tried to forget.

Seeing no other way to keep Annie safe, 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 they are both afraid that only one of them will make it back from Sundial alive...

A gripping gothic masterpiece from the bestselling and award-winning author of THE LAST HOUSE ON NEEDLESS STREET, SUNDIAL is a …

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Mothers and Daughters

5 stars

This book, another killer novel from Catriona Ward, is a deep look into mother/ daughter relationships, nature versus nurture, and the damage that secrets can do. In my opinion, Ward’s The Last House on Needless Street will go down as a classic, so I was excited to pick this one up.

I’m glad I did, though I’ll warn readers that the first third of this book is a tough read. It’s focused on an extremely abusive marriage and a very pained family. It was hard to read, and I’m mostly immune to horrors true or otherwise.

As the story progresses, with jumps in time and as told by multiple narrators, pieces begin to fall into place and the story fills in. Again, Ward shows extreme mastery of language, keeping me wondering and guessing throughout. Watch her, because her verbal sleight of hand is amazing. You won’t know the whole story …

Review of 'Sundial' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Adding an extra star to emphasize that I am not a big fan of thrillers, and in the end that’s the genre this book fits into best. It’s not so much that there are twists. Most thrillers are more interested in making you guess what happened, but this one wants to make you guess what matters - to the author as much as the characters. The book doesn’t aim to trick you the way most thrillers do. It’s exploring a very particular idea and it follows the thread of it through multiple POVs, revealing the past slowly until everything starts to fit together and clarify what it’s actually interested in. All the assumptions I made at the beginning of the book weren’t wrong so much as unimportant. Where the book starts reveals very little about where it ends. I appreciate that control of structure. And I have to give extra …

Review of 'Sundial' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

The description and the fact that the author's previous book was in my best of the year list for 2021 made me excited to read this book. My excitement began to dwindle within the first few chapters due to the slow pace and unlikable characters.

Rob is married to an abusive man with whom she shares two daughters. One of the daughters has strange mannerisms and frightening habits.

I understand there are a great many women who stay trapped in abusive relationships but Rob did not share any of the reasons a woman would usually stay. Rob has access to money and a car and a job and the ability to leave. Most abusers start out sweet as pie, but Rob's husband Irving was an obviously creepy person long before she married him and she knew it. By the time the reason for her marriage is disclosed the book is …

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  • Fiction
  • Thriller
  • Horror
  • Mojave Desert
  • Mystery