Book Review: The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty

“Joni, Trina, Deb and Eden.32599703

 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?

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This was a fun easy read, that came at just the right time for me, having read a few heavier books lately.

I enjoyed spending a weekend with the main characters discovering their secrets, feeling like I was a fly on the wall of this girls weekend.  I was convinced I knew the author of the fifth letter, so was surprised when I’d got it completely wrong. The characters felt real and I could imagine this scenario being played out all over the world.

This would be a great beach read and also fun for book clubs as there are some good discussion themes throughout.

Thanks so much to NetGalley and Penguin UK – Michael Joseph for my digital review copy.

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