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March 2017 Debut of the Month.
A wonderfully expressive, dramatic, and tense tale, striking at the heart of friendship and love. Four best friends who have known each other since school, have begun to drift apart after jobs, husbands and children changed their lives. Joni wants them to reconnect, however secrets and lies spill out into the open while on their annual holiday, the biggest secrets of all however remain just out of reach. Nicola Moriarty is an Australian author (and the sister of Liane Moriarty), this is her UK debut. The suspense simmers along quite nicely as information from an unknown source is revealed during the mayhem of the trip. At each switch of the story, my thoughts zigzagged to and fro, searching for answers. I could hardly catch my breath as the story skyrocketed towards it’s conclusion, ensuring ‘The Fifth Letter’ is a thoroughly entertaining and captivating read. ~ Liz Robinson
Joni, Trina, Deb and Eden. Best friends since the first day of school. Best friends, they liked to say, forever. But now they are in their thirties and real life - husbands, children, work - has got in the way. So, resurrecting their annual trip away, Joni has an idea, something to help them reconnect. Each woman will write an anonymous letter, sharing with their friends the things that are really going on in their lives. But as the confessions come tumbling out, Joni starts to feel the certainty of their decades-long friendships slip from her fingers. Anger. Accusations. Desires. Deceit. And then she finds another letter. One that was never supposed to be read. A fifth letter. Containing a secret so big that its writer had tried to destroy it. And now Joni is starting to wonder, did she ever really know her friends at all?
Closing date: 31/05/2019
'The premise and its execution will grab readers and refuse to let go. Readers may pick this one up to see how Moriarty's writing compares to her sister Liane's wildly popular novels, but they'll race to the end as a credit to Nicola's fine sense of pacing and suspense. An author to watch.' Booklist
Publication date: 23/02/2017
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
|Publication date:||23rd February 2017|
|Publisher:||Penguin Books Ltd|
|Genres:||Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Relationship Stories,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Nicola Moriarty is a student, a mother, a swimming teacher and now a writer who lives in Sydney's north-west. She has been an actress, a (terrible) waitress, an (equally terrible) bartender in a London pub, a marketing coordinator and a door-to-door sales person. She is currently studying part time to become a high-school English and drama teacher.More About Nicola Moriarty