Ava and Zelda are twins. Their parents thought it would be cool to name them using A and Z which would incorporate all the alphabet. Two years ago, Ava couldn't take living on their family's failing vineyard, their mother's ever slipping into dementia, a romantic betrayal and an absent family. She decides to leave and take up studies in Paris.
Then she receives the news that her twin sister, Zelda, is dead and she must return to upstate New York. Her sister has burned to death in the family barn. Or did she. Ava starts getting e-mails from her sister which starts her on a scavenger hunt forcing her to relive their twisted history. She knows Zelda is just capable of doing this.
This story of an alcoholic family and all their faults provides a great backdrop for the twistedness of these two sisters. It is impeccably written and one that I found I could not put down. It had me going back and forth. Was Zelda dead or wasn't she? The fact that the chains were locked on the door when the barn burned down were proof she was in there, or was it her? The e-mails and the letters left by her were proof she was alive. And, why was she doing this to her sister? Why did she go to Paris? There were so many questions going through my head while I was reading this. A wonderfully entertaining and enjoyable read.
Thanks to Random House for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.