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May 15, 2017

Dead Letters Caite Dolan – Leach

Paperback published by Corvus Amazon £12.08 

Z is for Zelda       A is for Ava

F is for Family     S is for Secrets

T is for Twisted     D is for Deceit

                            C if for Clue

           Will she uncover the truth?


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.


I personally really enjoyed reading Dead Letters.  I just  love reading novels about twins.

The twin’s name were meant to be part of their self constructed, quirky family mythology. A to Z, Ava and Zelda. The first-born would be A for Ava, and the second born would be Z for Zelda.

A careless nurse handed their father, Marlon the babies in the wrong order, so that the second born was in plopped into his arms first and that little twin girl was named Ava.

Nadine, Ava’s mother who suffers from dementia writes Ava a bitchy email to say that her twin sister had burned to death.

Zelda had burned to death when the barn caught fire and Zelda was trapped inside.

When Ava arrives from Paris back to her family home, she takes in the blackened shell of the barn.

Ava seems to wonder what had Zelda been up to in the last twenty-one months.  Ava doesn’t know if Zelda was in a weird place, she just don’t know what to think.

Frankly there’s no way Zelda can be dead or Ava would feel it.

Ava’s twin sister is missing, maybe even dead. To find her, Ava must follow the clues from A to Z.

The combination of Zelda’s letters the last few months and the bizarre of it all feels too much like one of her sister’s elaborate plots.

It seems that Ava is in denial that her twin sister is dead after she’s been receiving emails from Zelda after the fire.

After everything that’s happened Ava is loyal to her twin, even though she hasn’t spoken to her for nearly two years.

This novel isn’t a thriller but more of a mystery, one that I recommend.






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  1. The “Dead Letters” novel, sounds so intriguing and it is now on my list. Thank you for the great review! K D 🙂

  2. Some reviewers haven’t gave this book much of a good review, but I loved it as I like reading about twins. If you buy it I do hope you enjoy it as much as what I did.

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