rhia reviews: The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty

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 Goodreads rating: ★★★★30363076

I  received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I don’t read a lot of ‘chick-lit’ but books like this really make me want to read more. I love books that make you think, especially about real adult issues. Don’t get me wrong, I love a YA dystopia as much as the next person but sometimes I want to read about the real world.

THE FIFTH LETTER is very reminiscent in style of BIG LITTLE LIES – and I thought that before I realised that Nicola Moriarty is Liane Moriarty’s sister, hence the similar styles.

I really like the twists and turns in this that reveal all the little things the characters thought they already knew about each other. I like how, as the story unfolds, both the characters and the reader come to realise they don’t actually know as much as they think they do. It goes to show how, no matter how well you think you know someone, maybe you don’t know that much.

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