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.
Some games are dangerous. And some are deadly... Ava doesn't believe it when the email arrives to say that her twin sister is dead. It just feels too perfect to be anything other than Zelda's usual manipulative scheming. And Ava knows her twin. Now, Ava must return home to retrace her sister's last steps. But her search turns into a twisted scavenger-hunt of her twin's making. Letter by letter, Ava unearths clues to her sister's disappearance, which reveal a series of harrowing truths from their past - truths both of them had tried to forget. A is for Ava, Z is for Zelda, but deciphering the letters in-between is not so simple...
|Publication date:||5th April 2018|
|Primary Genre||Thriller and Suspense|
Closing date: 20/02/2022
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
Dolan Leach's tautly crafted crime debut will resonate with fans of Gillian Flynn's and Paula Hawkins
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.More About Caite Dolan-Leach