Book Review: The Fifth Letter – Nicola Moriarty **

Once I’d finished this book I made a point of looking up the author. I’d never read anything else by her but the writing style felt a bit familiar. Discovering that she is the younger sister of Liane Moriarty made an awful lot of sense. The writing style isn’t that dissimilar and I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Liane’s style.

Four women in their thirties are on a five day holiday near the coast. They have all been friends since the first day of High School when they discovered that they all had surnames beginning with a “C” and they were all Scorpios. As careers and families have taken over their lives it has got harder to organise their annual break together. Joni is worried that they are all starting to drift apart and that Deb, Eden and Trina aren’t as invested in keeping things going as she is.

After an evening of smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol the women dare each other to write an anonymous letter to the group spilling their deepest and darkest secrets. As a different letter is revealed every day they soon discover that they really didn’t know each other quite as well as they thought. The secrets that are uncovered threaten more than their friendship.

I found it very hard to connect in any meaningful way with the characters who were all a bit shallow and gossipy and the kind of women that I tend to avoid at all costs. The Fifth Letter is an easy read by the pool on holiday but don’t expect too much from it.

Supplied by Net Galley and Penguin in exchange for an honest review.

UK Publication Date: Jan 24 2017. 368 pages.

The Fifth Letter

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