The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty @NikkiM3 @PenguinUKBooks #bookreview



A fun vacation game turns destructive, exposing dark secrets, deeply buried grudges, and a shocking betrayal in Nicola Moriarity’s intriguing debut.

Four friends . . .

Joni, Deb, Eden, and Trina have been best friends since high school, sharing a bond that has seen them through their teenage years and into adulthood. But now, time and circumstance is starting to pull them apart as careers, husbands, and babies get in the way. As their yearly vacation becomes less of a priority—at least for three of the women—how can Joni find a way to draw the four of them back together?

Four secrets . . .

During a laughter and wine-filled night, the women dare one another to write anonymous letters, spilling their deepest, darkest secrets. But the fun game turns devastating, exposing cracks in their lives and the friendships they share. Each letter is a dark confession revealing shocking information. A troubled marriage? A substance abuse problem? A secret pregnancy? A heartbreaking diagnosis?

Five letters . . .

Late on one of their last nights together, after the other three have gone to bed, Joni notices something in the fireplace—a burnt, crumpled, nearly destroyed, sheet of paper that holds the most shattering revelation of all. It is a fifth letter—a hate-filled rant that exposes a vicious, deeply hidden grudge that has festered for decades. But who wrote it? Which one of them has seethed with resentment all these years? What should Joni do?

Best friends are supposed to keep your darkest secrets. But the revelations Joni, Deb, Eden and Trina have shared will ripple through their lives with unforeseen consequences . . . and things will never be the same.


My Review – 4 stars

It is mainly a story told from the point of view of Joni, but also told from the view of the other three.

Sometimes you don’t know who is narrating, but you make an assumption…..and I wasn’t right some of the time! It made for an interesting read.

As the girls take their annual holiday together, leaving their families at home, they decide to write some anonymous letters. Spill some juicy gossip, tell a secret, a confession? Truth or lie?

When the letters are read aloud, I was trying to guess who wrote it. As a reader we only knew which one was Joni’s.

I loved the friendship aspect of it, and the way the girls interacted. There were some lovely thoughts about each other, and some frankly disturbing thoughts!!

I liked that I got to know about their partners, even though you didn’t get to meet them much, I still felt I knew a lot about them. The characters had a good depth. In fact I visualised the whole book really well. I felt I was there with them.

An enjoyable read and I’d definitely recommend it.

Thanks to the publishers Penguin, and NetGalley for my copy in exchange for an honest review.

Publication date 23rd February 2017

Get your copy here  The Fifth Letter


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