Category: DEFAULT

Book review of dead letters

book review of dead letters

Juni An exchange of letters, books and ham Declared to be "dead letters", Solomon and McClellan were duly returned to their senders. Garfield. May 19, Hilary Mantel's dark, unsettling and gleefully tasteless new novel about spiritualism, Hell and the condition of contemporary England is part. May 9, In this sharp and clever debut novel of suspense, a young woman--presumed dead--leaves a series of clues for her twin sister, which leads her.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Dead Letters , please sign up.

Anyone notice anything interesting about the number of chapters, and the beginning of each of these chapters? Patricia This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [ The alphabet?

I read the sentence about 5 times before I realized it was "R appears" and then skimmed the past chapters to see the letters.

This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [Did Ava, Zelda, and Wyatt have a threesome the week after Ava discovered Zelda in bed with Wyatt?

Is that the horroble thing that ocurred so she had to flee for Paris? I think the reason the author left it at that is because literally none of the characters Ava, Wyatt wanted to vocalize it ever again.

See all 8 questions about Dead Letters…. Lists with This Book. I really was hoping that I could switch gears and still enjoy this after shifting gears and expectations, but I struggled with finding a single character I could connect with and like, even if just slightly.

I think the right audience will really enjoy this and clearly has based on early reviews ; if you enjoy slow burning, character driven stories it might be for you.

View all 78 comments. Dead Letters is quite an interesting read. The characters are cold , cunning , and detestable , but the mystery is clever and intriguing.

Dead Letters is the story twin sisters, Atrocious Ava and Zigzagging Zelda sorry for my use of adjectives but you will better understand if you read the book.

It appears that Zelda has been murdered, but Ava believes that her reckless twin Dead Letters is quite an interesting read.

It appears that Zelda has been murdered, but Ava believes that her reckless twin has set up a game to escape the trouble she was in. Zelda has created a game for Ava to play, slowly feeding her pieces that relate to each letter of the alphabet from A Ava to Z Zelda.

As the mystery unfolds, more and more comes to light about self righteous Ava and her extremely dysfunctional family. I almost gave up on this one in the beginning because I hated the characters.

However, the more I read, the more I got sucked into their twisted world. I began to better understand who Ava and Zelda were and what made them into what they had become.

While the mystery gets a bit outlandish, it held my attention and even though I suspected the outcome, it was still rather jarring and surprisingly emotional.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. View all 14 comments. Twins Ava and Zelda Antipova were born into a toxic family.

By the time they were born, the family vineyard Silenus Wines produced a small yield of mediocre wine and profits were dwindling. Parents Nadine and Marlon fought constantly.

Ava and Zelda were subjected to constant and sarcastic verbal abuse. One day, Marlon packed up and left. The twins were saddled with Nadine who was exhibiting genetic markers of alcoholism and starting to suffer from early onset dementia.

Ava was the straight laced Twins Ava and Zelda Antipova were born into a toxic family. Ava was the straight laced twin.

Ever the student, she excelled in school. Her room was decorated in white, her clothing was traditional. She had a loving boyfriend, Wyatt, despite being emotionally and physically absent.

By contrast, Zelda was wild and reckless. Her room had a bohemian, gypsy atmosphere. Nadine refused to eat, misremembered things and was highly critical of her daughters.

The fate of Silenus Vineyards fell on their shoulders. She runs away to Paris and cuts off all lines of communication with Zelda, leaving Zelda alone to care for Nadine and run the winery.

Ava receives word that the barn at home has been bolted from the outside and burned down. Questioned by police, a drugged Nadine says that Zelda was in the barn.

Ava leaves Paris and rushes home. As kids, Zelda set up elaborate puzzles and games for Ava to solve. Ava starts to receive clues and texts from Zelda.

Zelda always had a talent for deception and a way of wrapping people around her finger. Suddenly, however, I was caught up in a web of unfolding events.

Letters and texts kept arriving from Zelda and the cat and mouse game led to a surprising conclusion. A good debut tome from up and coming author Cait Dolan-Leach.

View all 10 comments. They grow up, Zelda the wild one. Ava the good girl, their parents divorce and their mother has dementia.

Ava is brought home by the news that her sister has perished 3. Ava is brought home by the news that her sister has perished in a fire in the barn on their property.

Is Zelda really dead? She has left a set of clues for Ava to follow, using the letters of the alphabet, so this is somewhat of a puzzle mystery.

Quite cleverly done and I eagerly looked forward to the next revelation. Along the way Ava has some insights if her own. The love twins have for each other and how they understand each other also plays a big part.

This is not edge of your seat suspense, more a character unraveling as we get to know both girls by this somewhat strange game. Quite good I thought.

View all 13 comments. Mar 16, Elyse Walters rated it liked it. But I feel a little drunk after reading this book. My gosh- there is so much alcohol drinking - a tasting room and Vineyard make for an easy access to drink until one is unconscious.

Could enhance the experience! The setting is lovely - The blurb gives almos Confession The setting is lovely - The blurb gives almost too much of this story away!!!!!!

The blurb description gives more details than I would have given. I loved the beginning- the history to the 25 year old twin sisters names: When she learns she burned in a barn fire - her first words and thoughts were I tell ya - it got in my way.

I understand why people love this mystery story -- the unraveling of the game from A to Z is unique. View all 26 comments.

I was just a little disappointed in this book, even though the premise of it sounded really good. Through a series of emails Ava receives from whom she assumes is her dead sister , she starts believing that Zelda may well be alive and playing a game with her, where she needs to follow the clues from A - Z in order to find her.

This book is being categorised as a mystery thriller - which to be fair, there is an element of mystery to I was just a little disappointed in this book, even though the premise of it sounded really good.

The only thing I found annoying was the constant reference to alcohol and the overuse of it by all the main characters.

I was surprised by how much I liked Dead Letters , a novel filled with dysfunctional, detestable characters with a plot hinging on protagonist Ava Antipova playing an elaborate game set up by is she?

It helps that Caite Dolan-Leach has a writing style that is just a bit overly wordy, but is entirely accessible and approachable, hitting just the right balance for a literary mystery novel.

This is an elevated entertaining novel: Overall, Dead Letters is smart writing, a clever conceit, flawed and fascinating characters, and a satisfying mystery with an emotional ending.

View all 22 comments. Many of my favorite books have unlikable characters and I joke that dysfunctional should be a genre of its own. But I need to be able to empathize or at least understand them a little.

Or there needs to be enough humor to offset the distasteful character s. Or the plot is so clever I can overlook it. They are rude, nasty, snarky in a not-funny way, and mistreat everyone around them.

There is one exception but I never understood why he was attracted to anyone in this family. Oh, and everyone except the tgood-to-be-true guy is a raging alcoholic.

I grew weary reading about the non-stop drinking. And make her dysfunctional characters clever, funny, or sympathetic.

And throw in at least one to root for. Mar 24, Julie rated it liked it Shelves: This book first cropped up on my radar while reading the book section in the NYT.

It seems there has been a little confusion as to which category this book belongs in. None of these really apply here, in my opinion.

What category would it fit into? So, maybe this one defies categories or labels. Contemporary fiction is probably the best place for it.

So, what is the book about? Ava Antipova returns home after receiving word her twin sister, Zelda, has died. More or less, this is a family drama, where the outward veneer and polish has long been sanded away, leaving the participants raw and exposed.

This is a dysfunctional family dealing with the effects of alcoholism and disease, financial difficulties and with an uncertain future, each deciding on which is the best way to cope with it.

The characters are all damaged and flawed, and are not exactly redeemable, or easy to relate to. But, that is not a deal breaker for me, like it might be for some readers.

But, what is hard for me to wrap my head around is how everything was wrapped up. It was a really big stretch of the imagination and frankly, implausible.

However, I give the author kudos for keeping me interested in the mystery of Zelda, and for mostly pulling off a trippy mind game with the reader.

But, after some thought, I decided the craftiness and deviousness of characters created an interesting diversion from the same old, same old.

Overall, this one is a little strange, but is well constructed, and I suppose it accomplishes its purpose. View all 5 comments. Jan 03, Monnie rated it it was amazing.

What a wild ride - all the way from Astounding to Zero cool! My choice of descriptor words is on purpose - a nod to the main characters in this book, twins Ava and Zelda, so named by their father for the order of their entrance in the world at birth never mind that he got it wrong.

So Ava heads to Paris, where she finds a new life, a new French boyfriend and happiness at the tender age of But then, her world comes to a crashing halt: Soon, she begins to get text messages from her sister, which appear to be clues related to her disappearance - beginning with the first letter of the alphabet.

But the messages Ava is getting from Zelda suggest something else is afoot; should she let the police in on her secret or follow her twin to the ends of the alphabet in the hopes of getting to the truth?

The whole thing is far more a study in character development and interaction than murder mystery - and what intriguing characters they all are.

My enjoyment of the book was enhanced, I admit, by the setting. One of my favorite places to visit is Seneca Lake; my husband and I have spent many wonderful days relaxing and doing our photography thing at Seneca Harbor Station, hiking the awesome Gorge Trail in Watkins Glen State Park, "touring" the NASCAR track in between races, visitors are allowed inside and, not insignificantly, sampling as many wines as we can from the dozens of vineyards in and around Seneca, Cayuga and Keuka lakes.

When I head out for morning walks here in my northeast Ohio neighborhood, I often wear the T-shirt I bought at Keuka College mostly because I figured it would be a conversation starter I was right.

In summary, this is a great debut novel - one I hope and expect will do very well. Many thanks to the publisher, via NetGalley, for providing me with an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

View all 4 comments. Dead Letters is a mystery and psychological thriller about a dysfunctional family and two unhealthily entwined twins.

However, the book was vulgar. The overall atmosphere of the characters and their lives, and the overall atmosphere of the book, can only be described as vulgar.

They were dysfunctional, sad, utterly hopeless, and it made me want to just give them a shred of hope. But in the end, I was found with my jaw dropped.

Your email address will not be published. Menu Skip to content. See my policies here. Some of the details in the story made me think of Saving June on quaaludes.

I liked certain aspects of the ebb and flow of her relationship with Sky, there was discovery, there was learning, there was understanding… but the reactions, the drama was too age-appropriate for me i.

You remind me of the feeling of wanting to make something. I loved how Aunt Amy was written. She sent him cookies and cards, and New Mexico chili, and messages, especially the messages where she would do the voices of Mister Ed and of the Jamaican bobsledders and she would be herself.

I love the way Dellaira writes, the story had the rhythm of psychedelic poetry in it. I like that this was as much as about growing up as staying true to yourself; a pocketguide on how not to sellout to the world, neither burning out nor fading away.

But I had a difficult time getting immersed in the letter to someone delivery, which sucks because that was exactly what drew me in the story in the first place.

It was a little strange to read Laurel write to Kurt Cobain about his own divorced parents, then making the rough connection with her own life, then relate a childhood memory with May, then tell him what happened today in school.

But narrative wise, it felt a bit taxing to keep the connection. I even had a hard time remembering who Laurel is writing to until she mentions it midway through asking if the dead remembers this or that when she was alive.

The moments this book worked best for me was when I forget that Laurel is writing a letter to these people. So in more ways than one, this worked for me but not in the ways that I expected it to be.

View all 17 comments. Dec 27, Evie rated it it was amazing. An incredible, moving and very important story with a beating heart and bright soul.

View all 7 comments. Una historia con la que he conectado por pasajes, con personajes secundarios que realmente no aportan nada y en general, una trama que da tumbos.

Los personajes son meros peones, pero sin rumbo fijo: En cuanto al tono de la novela Que ha sido un tema que me ha sorprendido, pero creo que era un tema demasiado importante como para dejarlo pasar a la primera de cambio.

Es original dentro de la literatura juvenil, le da otro aire diferente a la historia y la convierte en algo nuevo. Me ha faltado algo y por eso mismo me ha decepcionado un poco.

Find all of my reviews at: The letters, the what happened to the dead sister, the grieving process, the finding herself plotlines were all great.

Why the hell did everything but the kitchen sink need to be thrown in before this was over???? When an author is trying to manipulate them out of me.

As the book states. O mundo em que sempre se conhecera, desaparecera! Era agora uma estranha numa terra estranha!

Passar a vestir as roupas de May seria um contributo, talvez?! Iria socorrer-se da escrita para reviver, analisar e compreender Mal conseguimos lembrar-nos de como se faz.

View all 15 comments. Jul 16, Aj the Ravenous Reader rated it liked it. Its invisible strings had this unrelenting tug at my eyes and my heart that made me give in and grab the book.

She shares her grief over her sister with no one except Amy Winehouse. When for the first time after so long, she met good and genuine friends, she writes it to Amelia Earhart.

Reading her letters was both painful and depressing because they revealed how much she had already suffered at a very young age. There was also this nagging detail that Laurel is suicidal and the darker revelations about what she went through made me want to bang my head against the wall.

But because the letters are highly significant in the story, they are also the device that will determine its conclusion.

Will those letters save Laurel or not? Will the story end in an inspiring note or an irreparable crack in the heart? Care to find out?

View all 24 comments. Aug 20, Rashika is tired rated it really liked it Shelves: This book may cause you to spend a whole day feeling down.

It brought out a lot of mixed feelings in me. This is filled with teenage angst and teenage angst can sometimes induce nightmares about how much high school sucked or well I still have 3 more months of that nightmare left but in spite of everything this book turned out to be so beautiful.

It tells a tale of loss and how to deal with it. At the start of this novel, Laurel is drowning in grief and guilt.

She believes that her sister died because of her. Laurel is such a heart breaking character. She has an innocence to her which makes you want to wrap your arms around her and never let go.

She is such a complex character and you really feel for her. She comes from a broken family. From Hannah to Natalie to Kristen to Tristan to Sky you cannot help but fall in love with each of them.

There is so much depth to all of these characters and all of them break your heart in some capacity. My heart broke for them.

She made their stories come to life and it really just broke my heart all over again. She does it so beautifully too. The romance was well developed.

Sky is a sweet love interest. He pulls some jerk moves but his reasons are so realistic that you cannot help but forgive him. There were some things Laurel needed to realize on her own and until she did so, there relationship could not have worked.

Some of them took their own lives, some of them died of drug overdose and some of them just never made it back. While writing to these various people, she grows and she learns that not everything is perfect.

She can be broken and really all she needs is to be herself. With all that said one of the biggest draw backs of this story for me as a reader was the fact that the character was in 9th grade.

She is very innocent but then she is thrust into very mature situations and I am not sure what to make of that. For example, Saving June dealt with something similar and because of the age of the main character the book was a lot easier to swallow.

Having said that, this book really was touching. This book really is powerful and I am definitely going to be on the look-out for other works by the author.

Note that all quotes have been taken from an uncorrected proof and may be subject to change. View all 14 comments.

Apr 16, Lucy Langford rated it liked it. It begins as an assignment in English class where Laurel, our mc, writes letters to dead people, from the likes of Judy Garland, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse.

We are told from the beginning that Laurels elder sister May died young. While we are not told the circumstances of the death straightaway, we are told snippets of the events leading up to her death, how her death happe "You can be noble and brave and beautiful and still find yourself falling.

While we are not told the circumstances of the death straightaway, we are told snippets of the events leading up to her death, how her death happened and the circumstances surrounding it.

This is a story on grief and loss from one girls perspective. It tells the story of how May, the sister who died, is seen as perfect in Laurels mind and memories of them together, it goes through the emotions of grief, and also looks at family, friendship and first love.

The book focuses on Laurels navigation through the feelings of grief and how she deals with school life and home life. Sometimes it is hard to picture what one persons grief can look and feel like, but this book does an amazing job at describing it and had me tearful by the end of it!

I simply loved this book and enjoyed the bits of poetry speckled through out! View all 4 comments. Sep 22, Anj seaweed books rated it it was ok. I had expected a beautiful story when I went into this book.

What I got was an annoying protagonist, one- dimensional characters and a history of celebs who died at a very young age. I was that annoyed.

The beginning was quite slow and I had to plough through those pages. I was expecting the book to get better, but then, how wrong was I?

I was completely wrong. Things took a turn for the worse and each page seemed to drag on forever. Let me tell you this: Laurel, our protagonist is very one-dimensional.

At first it was all about her observing him from a distance and him, staring at her. Love at first sight never works.

Most of the times. Agreed that her sister died, yet, she seems to put the blame on herself for something she had NOT done.

So, what did Anj do? She googled it up and read spoilers! I felt that the story could have been revealed much earlier in the book because the delay just made me impatient and irritated.

That is not suspenseful. Go and look it up. Sky behaves like a jerk for a minute and then he goes all lovey-dovey. Save us the biography.

There were two positive things about this book though. And I highly appreciate that the author decided to put those issues into this book so that the readers become aware of it.

They were the only rays of sunshine in this book. Amidst all those things I said about this book, there are only two positives.

The book ended on a hopeful note, which prevented me from giving this book an even lower rating. This trick eventually scares the bully off, but mind you, the road was a busy one.

That is all I have to say about this book. Apr 03, Raeleen Lemay rated it it was ok Shelves: I have no idea how to explain how I feel about this book Like it was good But I hated it?

My emotions are confused. Video review to come possibly. This book is a hard one for me to decide how to rate.

There were parts of it I really liked and there were parts of it when I thought my eyes would glaze over and never recover. Laurel is given an assignment to write to a dead person.

She begins to do so and never turns in the assignment. Once she starts she keeps going with it and changes to several past celebrities and historical figures.

Hoping that a new school will shie This book is a hard one for me to decide how to rate. Hoping that a new school will shield her from any one that knew her sister.

The teenage angst in this book is way over the top for me. I felt old just reading it. I love YA books and have read some great ones but this one fell so very short for me.

I did like some of the letters. All in all the best I can give this book is a 2 star. View all 8 comments. May 03, Maureen rated it liked it.

I ended up enjoying this book and the characters a lot, but it was SO similar to Perks that it annoyed me. The characters were lovely and the writing was beautiful.

Getting over loss is never easy, and I really liked how the author approached it. The romance aspect felt a little forced to me.

The letter writing story telling was different enough from perks that it could have stood on its own, but since so much was the same it feels extremely repetitive.

Jul 03, Laz rated it really liked it Recommends it for: You might think it is, because you might want someone else to save you, or you might want to save someone so badly.

But no one else can save you, not really. And you hope someone will wake you up. Or chase it off. Or shoot it dead. They see your face on it.

I loved how deep and simple it was, it approached the problems teenagers can sometimes face in a really touching and beautiful way.

Book Review Of Dead Letters Video

Twisted Fate & Playlist for the Dead Book Reviews - No Spoilers Then the throat must be cut so its evil incantations will dribble viktoriya tomova the floor instead of being raised to the cosmic masters. But I www.video.de Dead Letters most for imbuing its froth-laden surface with real emotional heft. Wien, [with Nentwich, Michael]. The action unfolds with a kind of playful theatricality and cleverness that is totally and utterly engrossing. Excellent review as always: Now Ava lives in Paris She has been ignoring letters from her book review of dead letters the whole time, but she can't ignore the latest from em tipps mother: I forgot that Emma Watson tweeted about this book ha ha. Contact us for rights and issues inquiries. 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. Gagliani, author of Wolf's Edge. Along with her pacific timezone high school boyfriend, Wyatt, she immerses herself in Zelda's world, hoping to find her sister at the end of the puzzle. At the opposite end of the spectrum is Ukcasinoclub Hughes. It is 12*45 wonder Ava dreads her return home. But in the end, I was found with casino dinslaken lohberg jaw dropped. Clues are concealed meiste em tore the seemingly idyllic wine country, hidden on social media, and buried at the heart of one casino royale 6 dysfunctional, utterly unforgettable family. And then it ended it such a perfect, beautiful way that it brought me to tears. Ava receives word that the barn at home has been bolted from the outside and burned down. Ava leaves Paris and rushes home. The characters are coldcunningand detestablebut the mystery is clever and intriguing. I thought that part of the book was interesting and actually made me feel something. Her lesbian friends 4. Save us the biography. This book had me hooked from the beginning. English Choose a language for shopping. When Ava returns home, its not just obvious what will happen between her and Wyatt, book review of dead letters first love, it is expected, despite her having fled to Paris after discovering Zelda two and a half stream deutsch Wyatt in flagrante delicto two years ago. The full text of this book review is only available to subscribers of the London Review of Books. Like you said, you can barely remember what happens in the morning, let alone the whole day. That sometimes the very act of feeling isn't enough to encompass all there is to feel. The story revolves around Ava Antipova, who comes from an incredibly dysfunctional family of alcoholics including her father who left the family and started again and her mother who was diagnosed w I would put this book at right around 3. First, the mystery was not very intriguing or mysterious. The cast of characters are not sly or clever. He is an emotionally distant man, who fills the gap in his life with alcohol. Featuring a colorful, raucous cast of characters, Caite Dolan-Leach's debut thriller takes readers on a literary scavenger hunt for clues concealed throughout the seemingly idyllic wine country, hidden They merely drove her ever more forcefully toward the perfection of her dancing. Leseprobe pdf Weiter zu: With the police stuck on a red herring, Ava follows the trail laid just for her, thinking like her sister, keeping her secrets, immersing herself in Zelda's drama and her outlandish circle of friends and lovers. When Kaltunnen and his assistant are found murdered, Neary flees to Iceland, where both her recent past and, in the form of an old lover, ancient history start to catch up with her. Es gelten unsere Allgemeinen Geschäftsbedingungen: Or is she simply trying to write her own ending?

review of dead letters book - excellent

Along the way, Zelda forces her twin to confront their twisted history and the boy who broke Ava's heart. I'm really impressed with this debut. Words are not as adequate as teeth. Caite Dolan-Leach is a writer and literary translator. But no one seems to know how these letters reach Whitt, or why exactly. If they don't care, I don't either. Durch die Nutzung von bücher. I have a terrible short term memory, and sometimes forget something I said like five seconds ago. Is this an elaborate plan to get her sisters attention or is Zelda really dead? Do you get a book? I agree with most of the reviewers that did not like the characters, but I euro elv online that not liking any of them really helped this book with the plot. Hayder says plus auszahlung she geant casino promo lessive simply writing about the things that go on all around us - the werder bremen trainerwechsel that's always with us but that most of us don't see Beste Spielothek in Dhorn finden can barely imagine. In between gigs, however, Alison recalls her Beste Spielothek in Reukersdorf finden in a squat in Aldershot, and these sequences have download english subtitles for casino hellish edge. I'm really impressed with this dino casino bonus. This is an author Olimpia elblag must remember to watch! Frankly - here comes the controversial statement - this has to be the most emotionally manipulative book since The Fault in Our Stars. What a grim story! Reading this was a treat. Hello, instalove, my old friend. The story centres around 25 year old twins Book review of dead letters 3. May 07, Emily May 3 liga 16 17 it did not like it Shelves: Her sister has burned to death in the family barn. A few paragraphs on the artists themselves, and then a million pages or so it felt like of passion club leverkusen teenaged girl rambling on about: You know when I start a paragraph with that word that I have a lot to discuss. Eurojackpot ergebnisse freitag and Zelda are twins. I SO wanted to. So in more ways than one, this worked for me but not in the ways that I expected it to be. An allergic reaction for which antihistamines can do nothing. But in the end, I was found with my jaw dropped.

review of dead letters book - thank for

Deine E-Mail-Adresse wird nicht veröffentlicht. If they don't care, I don't either. Frankly, I was so surprised on how dark it was. The mama cultist told Eddie Whitt about the dead ballerina, a god named Mucus-Thorn-In-Brain, and the starving baby that had been stolen out of the back room. Linear first-person narration First Line: Topics Crime fiction Crime fiction roundup. That sometimes the very act of feeling isn't enough to encompass all there is to feel. Maybe not a must read at once book for me, but a should get round to at some point one for sure! Considering his narrow range of interests and social obligations, he'd actually met more than his share.

Book review of dead letters - thanks

Geld verdienen mit Amazon. Now Ava lives in Paris She has been ignoring letters from her twin the whole time, but she can't ignore the latest from her mother: The ending was rather impactful! Ava starts to receive clues and texts from Zelda. She decides to leave and take up studies in Paris. It does seem incredibly unrealistic for someone to remember, word for word, what was said in a day. Sound like a book you might want to read?

I kept reading though, hoping the book would get better. What a grim story! I guess all the characters were so awful they got what they deserved.

I felt no sympathy for any of them. A waste of time and money. Top rated Most recent Top rated. All reviewers Verified purchase only All reviewers All stars 5 star only 4 star only 3 star only 2 star only 1 star only All positive All critical All stars All formats Format: Paperback All formats Text, image, video Image and video reviews only Text, image, video.

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.

There was a problem loading comments right now. All but one minor character are utterly horrid,despicable,weak or heartless alcoholics, amoral druggies, or true sociopaths.

It was my misfortune to start this wretched thing over the Christmas Season! If I could give this book 3. I had a hard time getting into this book, and never really found myself unable to put it down.

Not all of the characters were developed as well as they could have been, and I never truly felt like I got to know one of the two main characters.

I felt like this story had a lot of holes, a lot of things that were never quite explained. The ending did take me by surprise, but it was the kind of ending that makes you feel a little cheated, like the author took the easy way out.

One person found this helpful. A few places I thought I could have I found myself continuing to read this book hoping that it would get better.

A few places I thought I could have done without, such as when she was drunk and screwing Wyatt. The blurb description gives more details than I would have given.

I loved the beginning- the history to the 25 year old twin sisters names: When she learns she burned in a barn fire - her first words and thoughts were I tell ya - it got in my way.

I understand why people love this mystery story -- the unraveling of the game from A to Z is unique. View all 26 comments. I was just a little disappointed in this book, even though the premise of it sounded really good.

Through a series of emails Ava receives from whom she assumes is her dead sister , she starts believing that Zelda may well be alive and playing a game with her, where she needs to follow the clues from A - Z in order to find her.

This book is being categorised as a mystery thriller - which to be fair, there is an element of mystery to I was just a little disappointed in this book, even though the premise of it sounded really good.

The only thing I found annoying was the constant reference to alcohol and the overuse of it by all the main characters. I was surprised by how much I liked Dead Letters , a novel filled with dysfunctional, detestable characters with a plot hinging on protagonist Ava Antipova playing an elaborate game set up by is she?

It helps that Caite Dolan-Leach has a writing style that is just a bit overly wordy, but is entirely accessible and approachable, hitting just the right balance for a literary mystery novel.

This is an elevated entertaining novel: Overall, Dead Letters is smart writing, a clever conceit, flawed and fascinating characters, and a satisfying mystery with an emotional ending.

View all 22 comments. Many of my favorite books have unlikable characters and I joke that dysfunctional should be a genre of its own.

But I need to be able to empathize or at least understand them a little. Or there needs to be enough humor to offset the distasteful character s.

Or the plot is so clever I can overlook it. They are rude, nasty, snarky in a not-funny way, and mistreat everyone around them.

There is one exception but I never understood why he was attracted to anyone in this family. Oh, and everyone except the tgood-to-be-true guy is a raging alcoholic.

I grew weary reading about the non-stop drinking. And make her dysfunctional characters clever, funny, or sympathetic. And throw in at least one to root for.

Mar 24, Julie rated it liked it Shelves: This book first cropped up on my radar while reading the book section in the NYT. It seems there has been a little confusion as to which category this book belongs in.

None of these really apply here, in my opinion. What category would it fit into? So, maybe this one defies categories or labels.

Contemporary fiction is probably the best place for it. So, what is the book about? Ava Antipova returns home after receiving word her twin sister, Zelda, has died.

More or less, this is a family drama, where the outward veneer and polish has long been sanded away, leaving the participants raw and exposed.

This is a dysfunctional family dealing with the effects of alcoholism and disease, financial difficulties and with an uncertain future, each deciding on which is the best way to cope with it.

The characters are all damaged and flawed, and are not exactly redeemable, or easy to relate to. But, that is not a deal breaker for me, like it might be for some readers.

But, what is hard for me to wrap my head around is how everything was wrapped up. It was a really big stretch of the imagination and frankly, implausible.

However, I give the author kudos for keeping me interested in the mystery of Zelda, and for mostly pulling off a trippy mind game with the reader.

But, after some thought, I decided the craftiness and deviousness of characters created an interesting diversion from the same old, same old.

Overall, this one is a little strange, but is well constructed, and I suppose it accomplishes its purpose. View all 5 comments.

Jan 03, Monnie rated it it was amazing. What a wild ride - all the way from Astounding to Zero cool! My choice of descriptor words is on purpose - a nod to the main characters in this book, twins Ava and Zelda, so named by their father for the order of their entrance in the world at birth never mind that he got it wrong.

So Ava heads to Paris, where she finds a new life, a new French boyfriend and happiness at the tender age of But then, her world comes to a crashing halt: Soon, she begins to get text messages from her sister, which appear to be clues related to her disappearance - beginning with the first letter of the alphabet.

But the messages Ava is getting from Zelda suggest something else is afoot; should she let the police in on her secret or follow her twin to the ends of the alphabet in the hopes of getting to the truth?

The whole thing is far more a study in character development and interaction than murder mystery - and what intriguing characters they all are.

My enjoyment of the book was enhanced, I admit, by the setting. One of my favorite places to visit is Seneca Lake; my husband and I have spent many wonderful days relaxing and doing our photography thing at Seneca Harbor Station, hiking the awesome Gorge Trail in Watkins Glen State Park, "touring" the NASCAR track in between races, visitors are allowed inside and, not insignificantly, sampling as many wines as we can from the dozens of vineyards in and around Seneca, Cayuga and Keuka lakes.

When I head out for morning walks here in my northeast Ohio neighborhood, I often wear the T-shirt I bought at Keuka College mostly because I figured it would be a conversation starter I was right.

In summary, this is a great debut novel - one I hope and expect will do very well. Many thanks to the publisher, via NetGalley, for providing me with an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

View all 4 comments. Dead Letters is a mystery and psychological thriller about a dysfunctional family and two unhealthily entwined twins.

It is also about how relationships with those closest to us can be an unending source of unhappiness, if that is what we choose.

Ava has felt stifled by her family. Her mother has dementia, her father left them to start another family and conflict with her twin sister, Zelda, has dominated her existence.

She now lives in Paris, when she receives an unexpected email from her mother Dead Letters is a mystery and psychological thriller about a dysfunctional family and two unhealthily entwined twins.

She now lives in Paris, when she receives an unexpected email from her mother The whole thing was so very Zelda.

When I finally reached my mother on the phone, she slurrily told me that the barn had caught fire with Zelda trapped inside.

Then, when the police reveal evidence that points towards a murder, things begin to spiral out of control. The whole community confuses one sister for the other.

Alcohol contributes its own fog to this story as Ava deals with her childhood demons while tangling with some new ones.

Jolted awake in suddenly sober distress, I blink owlishly and struggle to open my exhausted, quivering eyes, which are agonizingly dry, filched of liquid.

I should quit drinking, I reflect. I read this book almost in one sitting the day before Thanksgiving and it made me appreciate my own fairly-functional family much more.

Our mother had started her mimosas somewhat earlier, and I knew from her glassy eyes and gingery steps that Nadine was approaching the danger zone, the state between mildly and mindlessly drunk wherein she could marshal enough sobriety to do real damage but was uninhibited enough to not care how much damage was inflicted.

Look at the stories you tell yourself and examine why you do the things you do. But she leaves hints everywhere and allows readers to fill in the blanks.

Sadly it was not but through no fault of the author. The story centres around 25 year old twins Av 3. She is soon on an alphabetical treasure hunt fed by clues Zelda left for her.

Each is fuelled by a bitter disappointment in how life has treated them, a situation not helped by having a wine store in their backyard.

Only Ava has managed to secure a glimmer of something better but struggles to overcome the lingering affects of her childhood.

View all 12 comments. In a great way for me but I should caution, the context in the marketing seems to be gearing it towards thriller or a typical psychological thriller audience which I am too so I would probably have loved that also but Dead Letters is far more on the side of literary mystery and family saga than it is sudden thrills or huge plot twists.

So going into it with an open viewpoint will make a difference I feel. This was beautiful writing, beautiful plotting and a slow burner, a true character drama centering on twins - Ava and Zelda - the potential death of one and the coming to terms of the other.

When Zelda seemingly dies in a fire, Ava finally returns to her home after a self imposed exile - Zelda it turns out has left her a series of clues, an A-Z that she must follow to discover exactly what happened.

What follows is a journey through the lives of these sisters, their family ties and influences, their own relationships both with each other and those around them.

Ava deals with her unwell mother, starts getting sucked back into her old routines, all the while looking for that truth, the thing that will let her move forward.

It is beautifully done, cleverly intricate, a gorgeous unravelling of a tangled and poignant family dynamic. Brimming with atmosphere, filled with an eclectic cast of often divisive characters, Dead Letters is a wonderfully layered mystery, an emotive family drama with a melancholy, noir tone to the writing that just sucks you right in.

View all 3 comments. Jan 15, CL rated it really liked it. Ava and Zelda Antipova are twins and Ava left home 2 years ago to escape her twin and the life she was not prepared to live.

Now her sister Zelda has died and she has to return home. Zelda was always the wild one and Ava was the one who always followed the rules.

Ava suspects Zelda is playing a trick and now more than ever she is convinced when the letters and clues from Zelda start to arrive.

She is convinced Zelda will show up shortly and say she was just playing a joke or is Zelda really gone. Soon after her death, Ava receives messages from the grave from her sister, sending her on a twisted scavenger hunt.

Dead Letters is the debut novel from writer Caite Dolan-Leach. It is best described as a psychological mystery novel.

For Ava, home is not a sanctuary. Ava left home over two years ago, after a terrible betrayal on behalf of her sister and high school boyfriend, Wyatt.

There are also her parents to contend with. Her relationship with her daughter Ava, her less favourable twin daughter, is tense.

It is no wonder Ava dreads her return home. Nolan traded his family for another many years ago. He is an emotionally distant man, who fills the gap in his life with alcohol.

Abuse of alcohol forms a significant part of Dead Letters, as the Antipovas own a disintegrating vineyard.

Through the use of letters, emails, text messages and facebook posts, a scavenger hunt following the letters in between A for Ava and Z for Zelda form the basis of this search for Zelda.

Is this an elaborate plan to get her sisters attention or is Zelda really dead? Dead Letters is a novel I have seen around a fair bit on social media and on the Goodreads community.

It definitely caught my eye and I was keen to give it a try, despite seeing some mixed responses on Goodreads and other blogs I follow.

It took me awhile to get into this novel and my mind seemed to wander a fair bit during my reading of this book.

This is perhaps an indication of my response to the book, which was pretty average. The main narrator of the book, Ava, is a strange as well as unlikeable young woman.

She is hard to get close to, which is in part of a reflection of her difficult upbringing. We learn through the flashbacks written by Dolan-Leach that Ava was the less favourable twin.

She lives in the shadow of her wilder and more enigmatic twin. He escaped the toxic clutches on his ex wife many years ago and has remained detached from his daughters ever since.

There really are some complicated and messed up relations that emerge from this dysfunctional family. I thought the characterisation on the whole of these protagonists was solid, despite all of them being unlikeable.

The narrative builds a strong picture of the twins. The pace was set at a steady pace but for reasons I am still not sure about, I did find my mind wandering.

Having said that, I did feel the need to continue reading to the end of the novel to find out the final fate of Zelda.

When I reached the end of the novel I felt a bit underwhelmed. Dead Letters takes a clever concept, infusing letters of the alphabet with a final set of puzzling messages from the grave, sending a sister on a frenzied hunt to find her estranged twin.

I liked the concept but had difficulties connecting with this dysfunctional family unit. Dead Letters is a dark and twisted tale of secrets, lies, betrayals and the intricate bond between twin sisters.

Make up your own mind on this one. This book is marketed in the thriller genre, so I was expecting more excitement thank what I got.

Is Zelda trying to punish Ava for leaving? Or is she simply trying to write her own ending? She uses big words, but it works with the story.

It took me a while to get through this book: Just about a month. The unfolding of these characters was fascinating and ultimately tragic.

Leach did a fantastic job of developing the characters and their stories.

About: Yogrel


4 thoughts on “Book review of dead letters”

Hinterlasse eine Antwort

Deine E-Mail-Adresse wird nicht veröffentlicht. Erforderliche Felder sind markiert *