Dead Letters

Caite Dolan-Leach

RRP: £7.99

5 April 2018

Published by Corvus

ISBN: 9781786491329

RRP: £4.99

4 May 2017

Published by Corvus

ISBN: 9781786491312

Some games are dangerous.
And some are deadly…

Ava doesn’t believe it when the email arrives to say that her twin sister is dead. It just feels too perfect to be anything other than Zelda’s usual manipulative scheming. And Ava knows her twin.

Now, Ava must return home to retrace her sister’s last steps. But her search turns into a twisted scavenger-hunt of her twin’s making.

Letter by letter, Ava unearths clues to her sister’s disappearance, which reveal a series of harrowing truths from their past – truths both of them had tried to forget.

A is for Ava, Z is for Zelda, but deciphering the letters in-between is not so simple…


Newcomer Caite Dolan-Leach shows us just how close twin sisters can be - and 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. At once a moving family drama and a wickedly macabre mystery, Dead Letters is above all a satisfying puzzle that will keep readers guessing until the very last page.Amy Gentry, author of GOOD AS GONE

Excellent! A really gripping readLisa Hall

So far, it's my favorite crime debut of 2017, and it will take a lot to change this.Sarah Weinman, The Crime Lady blog

A perfectly orchestrated cat and mouse thriller that will keep you guessing until the very last chapter... Not to be missed!Wendy Walker, author of All is Not Forgotten

A smart, dazzling mystery with a twist... Captivating.
Publishers Weekly

In her startling debut novel, Dolan-Leach nimbly entwines the clever mystery of Agatha Christie, the wit of Dorothy Parker, and the inebriated Gothic of Eugene O'Neill.
Kirkus Reviews

Dolan Leach's tautly crafted crime debut will resonate with fans of Gillian Flynn's and Paula Hawkins' domestic psychological thrillers.

A story as compassionate and insightful as it is riveting
Library Journal

A smart and twisty thriller that will keep you guessing right up to the ending.

A masterful debut. Harrowing, revelatory, brilliantly alive.Dawn Tripp, author of Georgia

I lovethis 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 abad girl?Caroline Kepnes, author of Hidden Bodies and You

An exceptionally smart debut... [It] kept me guessing and compulsively turning pages to reach its surprising and very satisfying end.Carla Buckley, author of The Good Goodbye

A clever and compelling mystery that will keep you guessing until the end.Laura McHugh, author of The Weight of Blood

Dolan-Leach writes like Paula Hawkins by way of Curtis Sittenfeld.Amy Gentry, author of Good as Gone

A roller-coaster read that's as enthralling as it is WTF?!