2017 · Book review

The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty

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About the book

Four friends. Five Letters. One Secret.

The scandalous breakthrough novel from Nicola Moriarty that will leave you asking, how well do I really know my friends?

Joni, Trina, Deb and Eden.

Best friends since the first day of school. Best friends, they liked to say, forever.

But now they are in their thirties and real life – husbands, children, work – has got in the way. So, resurrecting their annual trip away, Joni has an idea, something to help them reconnect.

Each woman will write an anonymous letter, sharing with their friends the things that are really going on in their lives.

But as the confessions come tumbling out, Joni starts to feel the certainty of their decades-long friendships slip from her fingers.

Anger. Accusations. Desires. Deceit.

And then she finds another letter. One that was never supposed to be read. A fifth letter. Containing a secret so big that its writer had tried to destroy it. And now Joni is starting to wonder, did she ever really know her friends at all?

My thoughts

When I first read the synopsis for The Fifth Letter I was intrigued. It sounded quite different and I had to read more. What I hadn’t intended doing was devouring the book in one sitting, but I did.

The Fifth Letter is one of those books that from reading the synopsis you know everything is going to go horribly wrong, four friends but five letters. One revealing a secret that no one is supposed to find out about.

Four friends, Joni, Trina, Deb and Eden go off on a friends holiday. All in their 30’s, some with husbands and children and all quite different and having been friends since High School they’ve drifted apart. Each friend has there own problems and obstacles to face and getting to know them was quite interesting. The story tends to switch from past to present and from each character which I found enjoyable. It gives you a sense of getting to know the character a bit better.

The fifth letter had me guessing, it really wasn’t easy to figure out who had wrote it and I really enjoyed trying to figure it out. A bit like a jigsaw puzzle where everything is all over the place to start with but slowly it all falls into place and you feel quite satisfied at the end.

I’ll definitely be reading more by Nicola Moriarty in the future.

*My thanks got to the publishers and Netgalley for the copy in exchange for my review*

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