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Publisher Description

A missing woman leads her twin sister on a twisted scavenger hunt in this clever debut novel with eccentric, dysfunctional characters who will keep you guessing until the end—for readers of Luckiest Girl Alive and The Wife Between Us.
Ava has her reasons for running away to Paris. But when she receives the shocking news that her twin sister, Zelda, is dead, she is forced to return home to her family’s failing vineyard in upstate New York. Knowing Zelda’s penchant for tricks and deception, Ava is not surprised when she receives her twin’s cryptic message from beyond the grave. Following her sister’s trail of clues, Ava immerses herself in Zelda’s drama and her outlandish circle of friends and lovers, and soon finds herself confronted with dark family legacies and twisted relationships. Is Zelda trying to punish Ava for leaving? Or is she simply trying to write her own ending? Caite Dolan-Leach’s debut thriller is a literary scavenger hunt for secrets hidden everywhere from wine country to social media, and buried at the dysfunctional heart of one utterly unforgettable family.
Praise for Dead Letters
“Dolan-Leach writes like Paula Hawkins by way of Curtis Sittenfeld.”—Amy Gentry, author of Good as Gone
“A sharp, wrenching tale of the true love only twins know . . . 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
“A smart, dazzling mystery . . . Dolan-Leach revels in toying with both Ava and her audience . . . and the result is captivating.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Draws you in like you are part of the story itself, living and breathing alongside the compelling characters as they uncover the dark secrets of their complicated family.”—Wendy Walker, author of All Is Not Forgotten
“Push-pull tension . . . This book is wine-soaked yet lucid, comforting and frightening, asking the big questions about intimacy and loyalty.”—Caroline Kepnes, author of You

Fiction & Literature
February 21
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

richardsreads ,

Follow the clues!

What a great book! I completely loved it. So happy to see that she has another. You go girl!

Holli1215 ,

Thoroughly enjoyed this one

This book dragged on a little for me but other then that I thought it was really clever and I wanted to reach the end to find out what happened. I changed theories a few times throughout the book but ultimately guessed the end, which was okay because I still enjoyed the read

jennapb ,

Not worth the read

The book began with some enticing details, kept me hanging on a little bit, but wasn't so great that I couldn't put it down. I'm the type of reader that will read for 8 hours straight, as long as I'm kept interested. This book didn't do that. I truly think the author took a thesaurus and replaced as many words as she could to make it seem like she was much more educated than the average author. Not the case. The words she used were definitely not the kinds of words that anyone uses on a daily basis. The ending was horrible. Absolutely sucked. I just finished it and I'm literally annoyed. What a waste of time. Could have been a totally different ending that left readers feeling hopeful, but it did the absolute opposite. I will not be reading anything from this author again, not my cup of tea.

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