Book Review: ‘The Fifth Letter’ Is An Enjoyable Read

Secrets and lies have a way to come back and bite you in the ass. As much as you try to keep them secret they never really seem to stay that way. The Fifth Letter written by Nicola Moriarty (William Morrow; in stores now) is just about that.

Joni, Deb, Eden and Trina have been best friends since high school. And still years later through marriages, babies and everything else they’re still best friends. They don’t have as much time for each other but still keep the bond. On their annual holiday, the four ladies are able to reunite and do what most people do on holiday, drink and have fun.

As they drink and get stoned an idea is hatched. Everyone write a letter revealing a secret that no one else knows about but don’t sign your name. Each night for the rest of the trip they will read one letter and discuss it. After all four have written their letters, one decides she doesn’t want to use her letter and writes another on. She throws it into the fire and thinks that’s the end of it. But the letter doesn’t burn all the way and is found. Bits and pieces of it are readable. Then it’s found on the computer in the delete folder (note if you want something truly gone make sure to empty the trash/delete folder as well).

The fifth letter is actually the worst of the letters, one of the women confesses she hates one of the girls in the group and wishes harm to her.

Throughout the book we also see that Joni has gone to confession to talk about the friendship and letters and everything that has happened because of them (and a lot does happen). Finally at a dinner party all hell breaks loose and the four women’s lives will never be the same.

I was intrigued from the very beginning as to who wrote the letter and why. The story has lots of twists and turns you don’t see coming (which is the mark of a very good writer and story). This is one of those books you can’t put down until you know who wrote it!

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