During a laughter and wine-filled night, the women dare one another to write anonymous letters, spilling their deepest, darkest secrets. But the fun game turns devastating, exposing cracks in their lives and the friendships they share. Each letter is a dark confession revealing shocking information. A troubled marriage? A substance abuse problem? A secret pregnancy? A heartbreaking diagnosis?
Five letters . . .
Late on one of their last nights together, after the other three have gone to bed, Joni notices something in the fireplace—a burnt, crumpled, nearly destroyed, sheet of paper that holds the most shattering revelation of all. It is a fifth letter—a hate-filled rant that exposes a vicious, deeply hidden grudge that has festered for decades. But who wrote it? Which one of them has seethed with resentment all these years? What should Joni do?
Best friends are supposed to keep your darkest secrets. But the revelations Joni, Deb, Eden and Trina have shared will ripple through their lives with unforeseen consequences . . . and things will never be the same
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Pretty Little Book Review
The Fifth Letter is a fantastic women's fiction novel that will keep readers guessing until the very end. Much like her sisters writing style and storytelling ability (she is Liane Moriarty's sister) the author takes mundane issues and blows them out of proportion. For some, this may be a major turn off but for me, I absolutely love it! With that being said, fans of Liane Moriarty who need their next fix should definitely check out this novel. Now, this doesn't mean that the author doesn't stand out on her own because I truly believe her stories do. However, if I were to describe the way the plot in handled in comparison to any other authors work it would be her sisters.
Within this story, we meet four friends who have known one another since primary school. All grown up, these woman get together on a yearly escape in order to have "girl time" and what not. And, to make things a bit more exciting I suppose, these women decide to write anonymous letters to each other spilling their deepest and darkest secrets. But one of the friends writes a fifth letter (the letter that sets off a whole bunch of events and makes the story super exciting) detailing some very unkind things. And the narrator, who is introduced as Joni, will stop at nothing to see which one is behind it.
This book is a great expose on dark secrets, the lies we tell, and how said lies can set off a chain of events that can change a persons life in an instant. It takes ordinary women with normal life issues and dramatizes them to a point where readers may find themselves gasping! Overall, it's just a really good book with some exciting and dark moments that will leave readers wanting to read it as fast as they can so they can see how everything turns out.
Now, while I truly enjoyed this story, one thing that really bothered me was the confusion I felt in getting to know the characters. There are four women, all of which have their own quirks, but are not so different in order for readers be able to fully tell them apart. Perhaps if the author set them apart in terms of personality a little bit more I couldn't have been confused on figuring out who is who within the book.
Other than this, I liked the story, I would read another by the author in a heartbeat, and I would recommend it to fellow readers!
Rating: 4.5 stars
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