Review: Dead Letters by Claire Dolan-Leach

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Title: Dead Letters 
Author: Caite Dolan-Leach
Publisher: Random House 
Publication Date: February 21, 2017
My Review:
I had my eye on this release when it first popped on Netgalley at the end of 2016. I was excited to get to it in my TBR, but wasn't able to read it until after it had released. I was seeing it all over social media due to it being a Book of the Month selection and was chomping at the bit to get to it. Then I read it and loved it so much that I wanted to take time to write a thorough review. Then you happens. Now after that long backstory, here's my thoughts, beyond "I loved it!" First of all, the book features twins (I am utterly fascinated with twins and love reading about them) and the setting is a family winery (hello, wine lover here) so I knew I was going to enjoy the story. But these twins are like no others I've read about and the setting is straight out of a Southern gothic novel, (return of a father who abandoned the family, mother sliding into dementia, family of alcoholics, decaying palatial home, etc.) The possible death of one twin brings the other home from Paris (another dreamy sigh) and sets her on a strange alphabet focused scavenger hunt to solve the mystery. Zelda's 1st letter greets Ava with “Ahoy, Ava! Welcome home, my sweet jet-setting twin! So glad you were able to wrest yourself away from your dazzling life in the City of Light; I hope my ‘death’ hasn’t interrupted anything too crucial.” The game teases out stories of the twins' combined and individual pasts to make you wonder what point Zelda is trying to make and if she is or is not actually dead!

I'm always giving reading suggestions, but I'm pushing this one pretty hard because I loved it so much!

***Disclaimer:: I was given a copy of this release in exchange for an honest review. I received no additional compensation. ***


Carmen said...

This novel has been making the rounds in the blogosphere and everywhere people are loving it. I'm glad you did too. Now you have me interested! :-)

Rhiannon Johnson said...

I really really did Carmen. It's the one I keep telling everyone to grab up!