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The Fifth Letter – Nicola Moriarty

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.

I would like to thank Netgalley for giving me access to the arc in exchange for an honest review.

I didn’t really know what to expect when I started this book, what made me request this book was the description it sounded good but then I still didn’t know what to expect exactly. I enjoyed this story more than I thought I would.

It was such an interesting concept and at first, I was really unsure about the way it was told but I got into it fast. The way Joni told the story to the priest in confession was something I very much learned to like it and even some of the humour that came from the priest was good. It was nice to have some light moments especially when the content of the story was so heavy.

The story was very interesting concept in that they all write a letter anonymously about their deepest and darkest secrets it was so interesting and some of these letters were pretty twisted and they go into some deep topics I don’t want to say as spoilers, but some of the stuff included in the letter are sometimes unspoken topics especially including women. It was so nice seeing woman differently represented in terms of jobs, home life and children they were all different and it was nice to see it represented that way.

This novel is also the perfect example of what happens when you leave school and try to keep in touch with your friends sometimes it’s just not possible because different life paths, and this novel shows it so well. Also how they can keep trying to meet up with each other in their busy lives. The friendship between them all is strained though and that does get shown in the novel as well as it feels like some of them are left out and yet they all feel left out at the same time. It shows that you really can keep secrets from the people you love.

I enjoyed this more than I thought I would, I don’t have much opinion on the characters they were okay, I just really enjoyed this for the plot at times the characters did get annoying.

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