The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty


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The Fifth Letter


Nicola Moriarty



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?

My Review:


If you are a fan of twisty reads this is the perfect book. It’s suffused with hidden secrets, broken friendships and a slow building intrigue that has you eager for the next page.

I think the premise of this book is very intriguing. And although, I didn’t connect with the characters, I was very, very eager to know how this book ended. The characters have multiple layers to their personalities, ones that once you peal back, are quite shocking. Manipulative, deceitful, even cruel. A very insightful look into different characters and the friend dynamic.

Best friends since they were young girls, Joni, Eden, Trina and Deb have shared a very close bond. Or so they thought… Now, married, the majority of them tackling busy lives as mothers, the bond that connected them and kept them as a unit have frayed and their lives have begin to run on different paths. As an attempt to recover their friendship, Joni suggests they write anonymous letters to each other with their deepest secrets. But one of them writes a fifth. A fifth letter that divulges a darkness which threatens to tear them apart…

 Cleverly though through. I really enjoyed the flashbacks. They give you long enough to have a breather to digest what’s happening in the rest of the book and they are short enough to keep you thirsting for more.

A study in who we are, what we hide and how far we are prepared to go in hiding our secrets.

Intriguing. Clever. Engrossing.

If you would like to buy The Fifth Letter here is the link

Huge thanks to Sarah Harwood for my review copy!


2 thoughts on “The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty

  1. I’m impressed by the fact that even if you couldn’t connect to the characters there was enough in the book to keep you reading! 🙂 I’ve had this book on my radar. Secrets, friends, what’s not to love?

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