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The Fifth Letter

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  6,516 ratings  ·  927 reviews
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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.

Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 23rd 2017 by Penguin (first published January 24th 2017)
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Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
When it comes to my reading experience with this book, there’s no other word to describe it but “lazy”.
I confess: I started this (mystery) book knowing that all the questions will be answered eventually and that, with time, I’ll find out who wrote the fifth letter and which from four letters belong to whom, so I didn’t bother.
I just read, the most relaxed as one reader can be, lazy to try to figure out myself.

Is it my fault for not getting invested into the book as much as the author probably wa
3.5 stars
“It’s chilling isn’t it? The idea that within a close group of four women, one of them could hate another one so much that she thinks about hurting them.”

Four friends. One holiday trip. Five letters. Who is lying?

The premise is simple enough: four women who have been friends since high school go on holiday together as they've done almost every year since they were twenty-one. They come up with the idea to each write an anonymous letter revealing secrets inside. They will read the lett
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4000-books
There is an old saying "With friends like these you don't need enemies" which fits this book perfectly. I would hate to be friends with any of the four women depicted but is sure is fun to read about them!
Joni, Eden, Deb and Trina are four thirty something women who have been besties since high school. The story is told by Joni who is the one most desperate to stop their foursome breaking up as they get older and want different things from life. One unfortunate holiday together causes all mann
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
I'm a huge fan of Liane Moriarty's work, so I found it thrilling to see her sister, Nicola, has ventured into women's fiction. Even though I knew Nicola would have her own voice and style, I was hoping it would be reminiscent of her sister's, and it was. Double the Moriarty books?! I'm game! The Fifth Letter was filled with fun, sass, friendship, and intrigue. I especially enjoyed the pop culture references as I was in high school around the same time. It was quite a ride figuring out who wrote ...more
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable light read, and a nice break in between my many crime fiction novels;-)

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Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
A very entertaining read that I got lost in over a few hours. Great women's fiction! Pure escapism via a book. This is a great beach/bed/sofa/armchair/anywhere read! Great to get stuck with.

Four best friends come together for a holiday to connect with each other after busy lives have kept them apart for a while. Years of friendship are with these ladies in the one location. One of the women has an idea in the hope of some of the ladies opening up a bit more - each woman will write an anonymous
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
The Fifth Letter, is the third novel written by Australian novelist Nicola Moriarty. Moriarty gets to the bottom of friendship in her latest novel, exposing the raw truths, deep seated secrets, rivalries and loyalty that exists within a long standing friendship circle. Expect plenty of drama, a few laughs, some moments of sadness and a touch of romance from Nicola Moriarty.

The Fifth Letter revolves around a friendship circle that began way back in the first
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Disclaimer: I received this ARC in exchange for a fair review.

Although this is not my usual genre, I enjoyed this roller coaster ride of a story of four friends who have been close friends since the seventh grade but end up discovering after 20 years of friendship, they really don’t know each other nearly as well as they thought they did. The letter mystery kept me intrigued enough that I had to finish the book in one sitting.

This is the perfect beach read book and while I’m not a us
Rachel Kelley
Aug 27, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was incredibly disappointing. Very unrealistic premise from the get-go (the way their friendship is explained is a bit ludicrous to be honest) and the dialogue even more so. I would read large passages of dialogue thinking it was exposition until I saw the end-quote. People just don't talk like that. On the flip side of that coin, the author seemed to overcorrect and insert lines of dialogue that were cheesy or juvenile. The characters were cookie-cutters and the story un-compelling. I ...more
Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
I was lucky to receive an email from NetGalley offering first approval for 200 members if you were interested in receiving a digital ARC for read and review. As I am trying to read more adult fiction in preparation for returning to education as an adult student, I decided to give this a try. The story follows four women, all who have known each other since childhood that go on holiday together. As some sort of a careless joke, each of them write anonymous letters, spilling out confessions that n ...more
Four friends are gathered for a yearly holiday at the beach. The women, now in their 30s, have been friends since primary school. With jobs and young children, it is getting harder to spend time together. Joni, the organizer of the group and the only one with no children, is committed to keeping them all close. On a dare, and too much wine, the women all write letters in which they share a secret, to be read, one each night, with the writer to be kept annoyomus. But someone wrote a fifth letter, ...more
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I bought my own paperback. This is my first book that I have read by Nicola Moriarty. I totally loved every page of The Fifth Letter. I thought the idea was amazing, fresh and different.

Four best friends since the first day of school. Best friends, they liked to say, for ever. Now in their thirties with husbands, children and work.

The four friends decide to go away together. While all the women are away, Joni has an idea to help them reconnect with each other. She actually think that it would
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: australian, blah, sydney, 2017
I'm sorry but this was so bad. 'Her mind was a lasagna of thoughts.' WTF?! Writing, plot and pacing problems.
Jan 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: publisher-s-arc
3 1/2 *

I won this book on a publisher's giveaway. I was very excited to read this story. Nicola Moriarty's debut novel was quite good.

4 friends; Joni, Eden, Deb and Trina venture out on a girl's weekend getaway. They have been friend's since high school. Now, married and 3 of the friends have children, they find that they have "drifted" apart. On the girl's getaway they decide to write anonymous letters to each other confessing a secret that they have never told each other. One of the friends fi
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It looks like that readers of The Fifth Letter seem to love this book or not get into it at all. I really enjoyed it and getting to know the four best friends who have gone away together for a four day break away from their husbands and children. Now in their thirties, we find that they all have had secrets over the years since they met in high school and decide for a bit of fun, to write down and share a secret, anonymously. I really enjoyed the storyline and the mystery of who wrote each secre ...more
Sherri Thacker
I really enjoyed this book about old friendships. This author, Nicola Moriarty, is the sister to Liane Moriarty and I love all books by Liane. This is a quick read.
Mia Whittemore
Jan 04, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I thought (hoped) I was beginning a book that was going to be of a similar style to the writing of Sophie Kinsella - I couldn't have been more wrong.
Throughout the book the narrative flips between one of the four lead characters, and I found myself frequently losing track of who was talking, and who was who in general.
This is the story of four women clinging to an old friendship and sharing older secrets. The confessions of one to the priest feel like a way for the story to be explained more.
Feb 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.)

This wasn't a bad read, but it did struggle to keep my interest at times unfortunately.

I was interested in reading the letters that they all wrote, and seeing the reaction to them, but the majority of the book was quite dull for me unfortunately, and it dragged slightly because of it.

Overall, Dragged slightly, but an okay read.
May 02, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this novel quickly so I wouldn't have to read it any longer. This was made easier by the large chunks of redundant dialogue and narration that drew out an already tedious plot.

I genuinely wanted to enjoy The Fifth Letter, but the characters were all so unlikeable, especially Joni the narrator, and the slightly ridiculous ending was especially problematic in its depiction of mental illness.
Sue Gerhardt Griffiths
Until I went through my list of read books I almost forgot I had read a Nicola Moriarty novel, it was quite a while ago, yet, reading the title of the book ‘Free-falling’ I’m reminded how much I enjoyed it and can still remember parts of the book. The Fifth Letter was equally enjoyable.

This book centres around four friends, Eden, Joni, Trina and Deb, though the story is narrated by Joni. The group of friends have been together since school and now as adults they do their best to meet up every ye
Elle's Book Blog
Release Date: January 24, 2017
Genre: Women's Fiction

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 nov
Karen ⊰✿
This was an easy read about four friends from high-school who try and maintain their friendship as they head into their late 30s and have families and life just...well... happens.
They go away for a weekend and think it would be a good idea to share a secret with eachother by writing it anonymously as a letter. Except it turns out there are five letters. So who wrote the fifth? And does that mean one of the original 4 letters was not true?
Dec 30, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Fifth Letter is a fun, easy read that has its fair share of twists to keep you entertained.

The story has a strong theme of 'mystery' running through it, as Joni recounts to a priest what happened on her and her friends' annual holiday together. The story also addresses themes of friendship, relationships and family life, as well as the effects of secrets on the secret keeper and their friends. The premise of the book is really interesting and I was int
I have read a lot of YA books that sound more adult than this non - YA book. The narrator is supposed to be in her thirties, along with her friends, but she sounds like a high school girl. Definitely not for me.
Joanna Park
"Maybe you're not suppose to stay friends with people from high school for so long after school. Maybe it just doesn't work."

Joni, Debs, Trina & Eden have all been friends since the first day of high school. Brought together by Joni following a comment from a teacher, they helped each other through all the problems that adolescence and high school can bring. Now thirty, married and with most of them having kids Joni feels that the group is drifting apart. Worried about being left behind as t
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-reads
I totally loved it! I had pretty high expectations and this book actually met my expectations. I've read this book as a buddy read, so I couldn't fly through it. Otherwise, I'm sure I would have read it in just a few days. This book was so engaging, I really wanted to know who wrote the fifth letter, just as Joni did. The ending was really not what I expected, even though I kind of guessed who wrote the fifth letter. I would really recommend reading this book as it is well written and really eng ...more
Four Australian women in their thirties, friends since high school, go on their annual holiday together. Joni has made the bookings and chivvied her friends into keeping up with their routine - she's worried that the old bonds might be breaking down.

They decide that it's a good idea to each write an anonymous letter telling a secret and then read out one letter per night. Not surprisingly, this doesn't turn out to be the thing that draws them together that Joni anticipated. Instead, long held p
Apr 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-releases, 2017

I love stories about friends, about women that have something in common, whose stories intertwine, so already it was a great starting point for me when I spotted "The Fifth Letter" by Nicola Moriarty. The synopsis sounded also really intriguing, what with the fifth letter being found, so with the friendship and the little mystery promised to be weaved into the pages, full of hope and enthusiasm I started to read this novel.

There were four friends and Joni was the main character, the story was to
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a fun, easy read. I blazed through this book. I love a good story about lies and revenge and friendship groups with secrets but towards the end of the book, there was way too much things to keep up with.
I have read and loved Nicola's previous two novels. Free-Falling was charming and whimsical and Paper Chains was mysterious and emotional and both have been highlights of my reading life.

The Fifth letter has a captivating opener which grabbed my attention and then held it resulting in me having to stop everything I had planned for the next 24 hours until I had finished the book. It is one of those up-all-night, can't-put-it-down books, the pacing and reveals sprinkled throughout only adding to
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Nicola Moriarty lives in Sydney's north west with her husband and two small daughters. She is the younger sister of bestselling authors Liane Moriarty and Jaclyn Moriarty. In between various career changes, becoming a mum and studying teaching at Macquarie University, she began to write. Now, she can't seem to stop.

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