Thursday, 4 May 2017

Dead Letters - 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... 

My thoughts:
I enjoyed the mystery in this one, it did make it hard to out it down.

Sure, the characters all had issues, but why would I mind that. They were all alcoholics even if Ava was in denial. I like unreliable narrators. 

Ava comes back to her parent's vineyard after her sister has died...or has she? She keeps getting these emails and I could honestly not tell, was Zelda really dead? Was she hiding? Was this revenge or some sort of effed up way of messing with the sister that left? I needed to know. 
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The book is about Ava finding clues and trying to figure out what is going on. All while dealing with their messy vineyard, her mother and the betrayal that made her leave in the first place. And I did like Ava, though she should stay away from the booze and pills. A vineyard was so not the best place for them to grow up with a mum like that.

And Zelda was a piece of work, she was a mess. The flashbacks of them growing up shows her calculating side.

Conclusion:
The book was a fast read and it kept me wondering what was really going on. Oh I had some insane theories to be sure ;)

Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: May 4th 2017 by Corvus
Thriller /Fiction
For review


40 comments:

  1. This sounds good, I like it when a book keeps me guessing.

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  2. I couldn't finsih this one. I finally gave up at 70% and read the last chapter. I hated the drunk characters.

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    1. I remember your review, it had me worried

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  3. I'm a sucker for an unreliable narrator

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  4. Unreliable narrators are sometimes enjoyable. Glad you loved this!

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  5. I like movies like this every now and then. Haven't tried it in book form though ;)

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    1. It would be interesting in movie form

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  6. This sounds like a good one. I like when a book keeps you guessing.

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  7. I like unreliable narrators too, and the way that can screw with you mind. I could really go for a thriller like this!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. SO true, I like when I am just not sure about things

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  8. Ooh an unreliable narrator and is Zelda really dead? Yay. Sounds fun. :)

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    1. Yes is she...is she not...who knows...omg I forgot. Is she`? I read it 1,5 months ago, lol

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  9. Sounds great. Interesting. It makes me miss reading mysteries. Awesome review. Thanks for sharing. :)

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    1. I haven't read them that long :)

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  10. A sign of a good mystery is one that keeps you guessing and I am glad this book did it for you. Great review.

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    1. I do like those cos many times you just know, and then eh

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  11. I wonder if this is on audio :)

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    1. I think it would be nice listening to

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  12. this sounds very good too! like a lot of family drama.

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  13. I once read an excerpt of this, and I liked the writing style. Sounds pretty interesting, although I rarely read mysteries!

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    1. I rarely read them too if I am honest, I am trying my best to remedy that

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  14. I do love mysteries and sometimes an unreliable narrator. I do hate it when the main characters are a self-destructive mess, popping pills or drinking to oblivion. I usually want to smack them and yell: Snap out of it! Great review! :)

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    1. I do not know why I did not mind it. She needed help

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  15. They sound a bit like a hot mess. lol Glad you enjoyed them :)

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