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Friday, 3 February 2017

The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty

The Fifth Letter

Four friends. Five Letters. One Secret.
A scandalous breakthrough novel from Nicola Moriarty that will leave you asking, how well do I really know my friends?

I requested a review copy of this book because I thought the premise sounded so interesting.

Joni, Trina, Deb and Eden have been friends since school, where Joni had decided they should all be friends because they shared surnames beginning with the same letter. Now they are adults and they all have very different lives, but Joni is desperate for them to stay friends so she organizes a holiday for them to reconnect.

Things start to get out of control when they all decide to write a letter in which they will reveal a secret. The letters will be anonymous so that no one will know who has written each one. But one of the friends writes a second letter – a letter revealing something even darker than the other four. The writer tries to destroy it, but Joni finds it and is left wondering which of her friends could be harbouring such a disturbing secret.

There is plenty of intrigue as the reader tries to guess who wrote each letter, and then who could possibly have written the fifth letter. I also liked that it showed the positive sides of female friendship but didn’t shy away from the negatives – the jealousy, the competitiveness, the resentment when it appears that life has treated some more kindly than others.

This is a well paced novel and although it skips about a bit, taking in different time periods and points of view it doesn’t leave the reader feeling confused or lost.

A recommended story of friendship, secrets and what can happen when relationships go really, really wrong.

I received a review copy of this book from the publishers via Netgalley.

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