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Dead Letters asks – How Well Do You Know Your Family?

How well do you know your family, really? You might think you know your twin sister, but can you be sure? That’s the question at the center of Caite Dolan-Leach’s debut thriller, Dead Letters. Critics are comparing it to Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, but the sister angle is one we haven’t seen in some time. This audio is sure to keep you guessing until the very last page about what’s real and what is not.

Ava Antipova has grown tired of her family. Her twin, Zelda, has always been the wild child, while Ava has followed the rules to a fault. Finally escaping their mother’s drinking and health problems and their father’s abandonment of the family and its failing vineyard, Ava heads to Paris to study. Two years later, she learns from her mother that Zelda is dead, apparently burned alive in the family farmhouse.

­Although Ava rushes home from France to help settle family affairs, she can’t help but feel a little skeptical. Zelda has pulled stunts before; could this be another one? When Ava stumbles across a series of cryptic messages seemingly from beyond the grave, she must follow Zelda’s trail. Is her sister really dead, or is this just one more trick, intended as punishment for her escape to Paris?

This story was a thrill to devour in print, but listening to it is even more of a joy. Narrator Jorjeana Marie voices the full range of characters, from moody and annoyed Ava to upbeat but maniacal Zelda, and every role in between.

The audio gets you hooked from the very first line. There’s a strong desire to know what’s really going on in Zelda’s head, and listening to what Ava does to unravel Zelda’s tricks only makes you root for her more.

Listen to an excerpt from Dead Letters, read by Jorjeana Marie: DEAD LETTERS