DEAD LETTERS is out now! 

 

 

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ADVANCE PRAISE for Dead Letters:

"Dolan-Leach nimbly entwines the clever mystery of Agatha Christie, the wit of Dorothy Parker, and the inebriated Gothic of Eugene O'Neill. A sharp, wrenching tale of the true love only twins know." - KIRKUS REVIEWS

"Dolan-Leach's fiction debut is a compelling mystery with only hints of murder (because the barn doors were chained shut from the outside) that centers on family, particularly on the power of genetics, sisterhood and loss. A story as compassionate and insightful as it is riveting." - LIBRARY JOURNAL, Starred Review

"Dolan-Leach's debut is a smart, dazzling mystery with a twist that not only shines new light on the novel's title but leaves the reader still hunting for the next clue. Dolan-Leach revels in toying with both Ava and her audience, placing small hints and red herrings throughout her text, and the result is captivating." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, Starred Review

"Dolan-Leach's clever thriller explores the fraying ties that bind twin sisters Ava and Zelda... readers will enjoy this full-bodied mystery about a family of vintners." NY TIMES BOOK REVIEW

"A clever and compelling mystery that will keep you guessing until the end." -LAURA McHUGH, Author of Weight of Blood and Arrowood

"Considering questions of identity, loyalty and reliance, Dolan-Leach's tautly crafted crime debut will resonate with fans of Gillian Flynn's and Paula Hawkins domestic thrillers." - BOOKLIST

“The disappearance of Ava’s wild-child twin is just the beginning of this roller-coaster read that’s as enthralling as it is WTF?!”- COSMOPOLITAN

"Dead Letters is a smart and twisty thriller that will keep you guessing right up until the ending. An un-put-downable debut." -POPSUGAR

"Newcomer Caite Dolan-Leach shows us just how close twin sisters can be– and how 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." - AMY GENTRY, Author of Good as Gone

"This absorbing debut is billed as literary suspense, which is exactly right; the language is smart and polished and the plot is one big, intriguing chase." - LIBRARY JOURNAL

Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach is a perfectly orchestrated cat and mouse thriller that will keep you guessing until the very last chapter. This beautifully written novel 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. Dead Letters unfolds with meticulous precision. Not to be missed!"- WENDY WALKER, author of All is Not Forgotten

Dead Letters is a masterful debut with the taut seductive magic of a classic mystery. Through a daring game of hide and seek, Dolan-Leach charts the intricate secrets of a family and the escalating consequence of small betrayals to explore the question: how well can we ever really know those we love? Harrowing, revelatory, brilliantly alive.”–DAWN TRIPP, author of Georgia

“An exceptionally smart debut, Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach is about estranged twin sisters playing a deadly cat-and-mouse game on their family’s upstate New York vineyard, turning up long-buried family secrets, hidden terrors, and a tantalizing love triangle—a story that kept me guessing and compulsively turning pages to reach its surprising and very satisfying end.”—CARLA BUCKLEY, author of The Good Goodbye

"Every page of Dead Letters is flush with push-pull tension, an incredibly well-crafted high stakes scavenger hunt of emotional wounds and local Upstate New York haunts. This book is wine-soaked yet lucid, comforting and frightening, asking the big questions about intimacy and loyalty. Who's the better daughter: the one who stays home to care for the family business or the one who sets out into the world? Why does it seem a woman can't do both? I love this 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 a bad girl?”- CAROLINE KEPNES, author of Hidden Bodies and You