Author(s): 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.
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' domestic psychological thrillers. Booklist A story as compassionate and insightful as it is riveting Library Journal A smart and twisty thriller that will keep you guessing right up to the ending. PopSugar A masterful debut. Harrowing, revelatory, brilliantly alive. -- Dawn Tripp, author of Georgia I lovethis book on so many levels. We are so lucky that this debut novelist chose to shine her light on that most inescapable, infuriating dichotomy: Are you a good girl or abad girl? -- Caroline Kepnes, author of Hidden Bodies and You An exceptionally smart debut... [It] kept me guessing and compulsively turning pages to reach its surprising and very satisfying end. -- Carla Buckley, author of The Good Goodbye A clever and compelling mystery that will keep you guessing until the end. -- Laura McHugh, author of The Weight of Blood Dolan-Leach writes like Paula Hawkins by way of Curtis Sittenfeld. -- Amy Gentry, author of Good as Gone
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.