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The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty Review.

Hi ForeverBookers, a belated Happy New Year to you all! I hope you all had a great Christmas as well. The Fifth Letter was my first read of 2017, and I enjoyed it. It wasn't all that I thought it would be but it still held my attention.

I got The Fifth Letter as a NetGalley arc so thank you to NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read it.


The Fifth Letter is published on January 24th 2017 but it's is very much an ADULT read! It's is about 4 girls, Joni, Deb, Trina and Eden who were friends at school. They go away to a house for a get together trip in their 30's. The main part of the story is set while the girls are in their 30's. One of them has the idea for them each to write a secret - something they've never told anyone else before but it's kept confidential. Then each one of the girls will read a random secret, and try to work out who it belongs to.

It's  set in Australia, which is a little different as most books I read are set in the USA/the UK. We see the main characters on a beach a couple of times.

Spoilers below...

There's a FIFTH letter (what the book is titled) as one of the girls writes two letters. This fifth letter is noticed by Joni, so we know it's not hers straight away. The book is kind of a contemporary/mystery trying to work out just who wrote the fifth letter. 

While I enjoyed the mystery aspect for what it was, I was slightly let down when it was revealed who the fifth letter had belonged to. I'm not going to spoil who it was here because I don't feel there's really much point in reading this book if you already know from the outset. It doesn't just throw who it is in your face, which is good. The reason that I was disappointed was that I didn't really like the character of whom wrote the 5th letter. 
There were a couple of the main girls that I just didn't like from the beginning. I found them boring to read about.

Also, this book deals with the relationships of all of the main characters. We see their friendship falter at times as well as with their husbands back home. For example, one of the husbands is controlling, while another doesn't show that he loves his wife, while another has a thing for one of the other girls in the story...

We learn at the beginning of the book that one of the girls is talking to a Catholic priest in confession. Is this for something she did on the holiday or for something that one of her friends did? 

I enjoyed this book as I said above but it wasn't a stand out book that I'll reread any time soon. I'm therefore giving The Fifth Letter 3 stars. 


Will you be reading The Fifth Letter when it releases on January 24th 2017? 

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