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Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach
  

Dead Letters

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May 2017 Debut of the Month.

A dramatic and oh so readable family tale, with enough tension playing through the pages to sink a battleship. Two years ago Ava vowed never to speak to her twin sister Zelda again, when an email arrives declaring Zelda dead, Ava can’t and won’t believe it, she returns home to the USA, to prove her scheming sister is in fact alive. It took a little while for me to warm to Ava, she shuns intimacy, yet is a fascinating soul. As I read and sank into the pages, I got to know the family, their flaws and quirks, what made them tick. Caite Dolan-Leach flays bare feelings and emotions, yet she writes with a beautifully compassionate hand. With emails and letters laying a trail for Ava to discover, my mind continuously raced away, puzzling over the clues. With suspense nipping at the heels of the storyline ‘Dead Letters’ is clever, twisty and entirely captivating read. ~ Liz Robinson

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Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach

Ava doesn't believe it when the email arrives to say that her twin sister is dead. It's not grief or denial that causes her scepticism - it just feels too perfect to be anything other than Zelda's usual manipulative scheming. And Ava knows her twin. Two years after she left, vowing never to speak to Zelda again after the ultimate betrayal, Ava must return home to retrace her errant sister's last steps. She soon finds notes that lead her on a twisted scavenger-hunt of her twin's making. Letter by letter, Ava unearths clues to her sister's disappearance: and unveils harrowing truths of her own. A is for Ava, and Z is for Zelda, but deciphering the letters in-between is not so simple...A clever, twisty, suspense novel for readers of The Ice Twins by S. K Tremayne and Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberley McCreight.

Reviews

'Newcomer Caite Dolan-Leach shows us just how close twin sisters can be - and shockingly far apart. With near-perfect plotting and an ear for the complicated lives of clever women, Dolan-Leach writes like Paula Hawkins by way of Curtis Sittenfeld. At once a moving family drama and a wickedly macabre mystery, Dead Letters is above all a satisfying puzzle that will keep readers guessing until the very last page.' -- Amy Gentry, author of Good as Gone

'Excellent! A really gripping read' -- Lisa Hall

'So far, it's my favorite crime debut of 2017, and it will take a lot to change this.' -- Sarah Weinman, The Crime Lady blog

'A perfectly orchestrated cat and mouse thriller that will keep you guessing until the very last chapter... Not to be missed!' -- Wendy Walker, author of All is Not Forgotten

'A smart, dazzling mystery with a twist... Captivating.' Publishers Weekly

'In her startling debut novel, Dolan-Leach nimbly entwines the clever mystery of Agatha Christie, the wit of Dorothy Parker, and the inebriated Gothic of Eugene O'Neill.' Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Caite Dolan-Leach

Caite Dolan-Leach is a literary translator and critic, whose translations from French have been published by Dalkey Archive Press. Her criticism has appeared in Music and Literature, The Quarterly Conversation and the White Review. She currently lives in Paris. Dead Letters is her debut novel.

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Publication date

4th May 2017

Author

Caite Dolan-Leach

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Publisher

Atlantic Books

Format

Paperback
352 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Crime / Mystery
Debuts of the Month
Family Drama
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Thriller / suspense

ISBN

9781786491305

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