The Fifth Letter – Nicola Moriarty

32599703.jpgJoni, Trina, Deb and Eden have been friends since school. Every year they go on a trip away, to maintain their friendship. In an attempt to reconnect, they decide to each write an anonymous letter revealing a secret about their lives, to be shared with the group. But as the secrets come out, the four women seem to become further apart, and then Joni discovers a fifth letter. A fifth letter revealing a deep and vicious grudge against another member of the group – but who wrote it?

Now, this book isn’t fantastically written. It’s not bad and there’s a good story in there, but the writing style could use some improvement, and the story itself lacks excitement and – for a large amount of the book – drama. What it doesn’t lack, however, is suspense. I couldn’t work out who’d written the fifth letter until the very end (which is a good thing for this type of book, in case that wasn’t clear).

The story is written from the viewpoint of Joni, as she tells a priest about the trip and the letters. This was a really fun way of telling the story (the priest was actually my favourite character), but it did sometimes get lost in parts where time jumps were unclear and took some working out. My main problem was with the characters. As I said, the story is told from the point of view of Joni, who is very self-obsessed and I didn’t like her. Nor did I like Deb or Eden particularly. The only one I really thought was okay was Trina. This made the book a little bit harder to enjoy, but overall it probably didn’t make too much of a difference.

The ending was pretty anticlimactic. The content of the fifth letter wasn’t really all that shocking, and the revelation of who wrote it was undermined by other events. And I hated the little twist at the end with Trina (if you read this book, you’ll understand what I mean).

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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