Title: Dead Letters
Author: Caite Dolan-Leach
Genre: Literary Suspense
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Release Date: 21 February 2017
Length: 352 pages
Source: eARC via NetGalley was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Available in Hardcover
For two years, Ava Antipova has been in Paris studying comparative literature after turning her back on her family and their failing vineyard. Now, she must return to pick up the pieces of her family after her twin sister’s alleged murder. Her mother, Nadine, is suffering from dementia and keeps thinking that Ava is actually her dead sister while her father, Marlon, is pushing for a memorial to happen soon so he can get back to his other family, and successful vineyard, in California. Their love of alcohol is the only thing that keeps the Antipova family together.
But when Ava finds her sister’s hidden burner phone and starts receiving messages from seemingly beyond the grave, Ava isn’t convinced that her sister is dead. This was all just a set-up to get back to Ava for going off to Paris and sticking Zelda with the business and their housebound mother, or for Ava turning her back on her high school love, Wyatt. Together with Wyatt, Ava works to piece together the mystery of her sister and is forced to face a reality that she didn’t see coming.
While more commercial than literary in style, Dolan-Leach’s thrilling debut digs deep at what holds a family together wrapped up in a clever mystery that stays with the reader long after they finish.