Wednesday, 26 April 2017

The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriartya

"Joni, Trina, Deb and Eden.

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?"

This is my first book I have read of Nicola's and didn't take too long to read. I could relate to Joni the most throughout the book and did feel sorry for her mid way through the book.

I did like the fact that she told the story in a confession as it was different and worked well even if it did seem to go on forever. Sometimes I found the speech to be rather basic and it sounded like teenagers talking and not women in their thirties. On occasion I found myself losing track of who was actually talking. I also found myself flicking back through the book so work out who was who. I sometimes got confused between Deb and Eden.

2/5 stars

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