The Fifth Letter

By: Nicola Moriarty

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Joni, Deb, Eden and Trina try to catch up once a year for a girls' getaway. Careers, husbands and babies have pulled these old high-school friends in different directions, and the closeness they once enjoyed is increasingly elusive.

This year, in a bid to revive their intimacy they each share a secret in an anonymous letter. But the revelations are unnerving. Then a fifth letter is discovered, venting long-held grudges and murderous thoughts. But who was the author? And which of the friends should be worried?

THE FIFTH LETTER is a searing examination of the bonds of women's friendship groups, the loyalty and honesty they demand, and the pain of ending relationships that once seemed essential but might be outgrown.
Publication Date:
01 / 03 / 2017
153 x 234mm
The Fifth Letter
From the sister of popular "chick-lit" author Liane Moriarty comes an intriguing story of the highs and lows of friendship. As the years go on, Joni, Deb, Eden and Trina are slowly drifting apart and on their annual vacation together, their relationship explodes after a wine-filled night turns into utter destruction as dark secrets and grudges come to the surface after decades of friendship. This is pure escapism...that at some or different times in our lives we can all relate to! "The Fifth Letter" by Nicola Moriarty is a must read for the fans of Liane Moriarty, or.... if you are in need of a captivating holiday read this one is for you! - Leisha, QBD Loganholme
Loganholme, 25/02/2017
The Fifth Letter
From the first chapter, you are made to feel as though you're sitting next to the priest as Joni tells of the events that have bought her to the confessional. A tale that will take a sharp turn or two and make you wonder just how well you know your own friends. Make sure your schedule is clear, because you won't want to put this down until the very last page.- Tracey, QBD Maroochydore
Maroochydore, 24/02/2017
The Fifth Letter
The Fifth Letter is the debut novel from Nicola Moriarty, and makes a perfect read for fans of sister Liane, who may have already finished all of her books and are searching for another compelling domestic drama. The Fifth Letter tells the story of four high school friends, who over the years have maintained their friendship but feel as though they need to make time for a proper reunion. During a girls weekend away, they decide that the best way share all the secrets they need to get off their chests is in the form of four anonymous letters, to be revealed at different times during the trip. While many of the secrets are shocking in their own right, none compare to the fifth letter, discovered in the fire place after a failed attempt to dispose of it. Which of these women could have written a letter so full of hate and resentment? My favourite part of this book was the guessing game you could play with yourself, trying to figure out who write which letter, and most importantly, who wrote the fifth letter? A great read that makes you wonder; do you ever really know your friends?- Cassie, QBD Marion
Marion, 24/02/2017
The Fifth Letter
An entertaining story about four, adult high school friends who get into a troubling situation at a get-together. Things get ugly and (seemingly) long term friendships are tested. This was a good mix of drama, secrets and lies with a really impressive twist. - Rose, QBD Chermside
Chermside, 24/02/2017
Compelling Australian drama
Nicola Moriarty's 'Fifth Letter' is a real page turner! I had to resist the urge to binge the last couple of chapters – this is despite not really liking ANY of the characters. The book was certainly very readable. Will keep an eye out for her in the future - Amy, QBD Morayfield
Morayfield, 24/02/2017
The Fifth Letter
How well do you know your friends? Niccola Moriarty has spun an enticing story about friendship, family and secrets that I read in a day! Four letters; four secrets; could there be more? A hidden fifth letter not meant to be seen, seems set to devastate their lives. It was an easy and enjoyable read that's a must for all Liane Moriarty fans! - Maxine, QBD Robina
Robina, 24/02/2017
The Fifth Letter
The Fifth Letter is a quick easy fast paced fiction read. What kept me wanting to read more was the letters the girls wrote. All the girls secrets and lies unfolding in front of each other was intriguing and kept me glued to the book. If you like lots of drama and a bit of romance look no further, definitely worth the read. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Garden City, 24/02/2017
The Fifth Letter
I was reluctant to pick this book up, having read her sister Liane Moriarty, I couldn't see how Nicola would compare. But I am glad I did. Each letter changed what I thought and left me devouring the book searching for answers. Where did the fifth letter come from? As all the good thrillers, don't try and guess just go along for the roller-coaster as it will catch you by surprise. If you are like me and just finished "The Girl Before" by JP Delaney, or read the "Girl on a Train" by Paula Hawkins you will enjoy the "Fifth Letter"
Canberra Centre, 24/02/2017
The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty
The Fifth letter reminds me of Mount Vesuvius. It builds and builds until there is a mighty eruption. Then when you think it is settling down, it erupts again and again. The letter mystery is the main theme but there a lot of smaller twists and turns built around that to help you get totally caught up in the storyline. I thought there was one unnecessary twist towards the end of the book, but other people might think differently. I would class it as a light-hearted and easy read, so it's not hard to get completely immersed in the storyline. However there are some dark undertones in the book as well that help make it a compelling read. The Fifth Letter will have you thinking about the book long after you have finished it. - Peter, QBD Epping
Epping, 23/02/2017
The Fifth Letter
I should forewarn you, when you sit down to read Nicola Moriarty’s The Fifth Letter, make sure you’re comfortable with a cup of coffee and some snacks at hand, because once you start reading you won’t be able to stop. The characters are so skilfully crafted, these four women could be you and your high-school friends. Each one has their strengths and their flaws, every reader will be able to see themselves in at least one of the main characters. As for the plot, this one’s got more twists in it than a bag of Twisties! If you think you can guess who wrote the fifth letter, I promise it will shock you - Sherlock Holmes himself couldn’t have picked it. Most of all though, it is the friendship between the four women that makes this book stand out. The strength of their bond is so tangible and real, it’s impossible to get through the story without feeling the need to call all your oldest, dearest friends just to have a chat. That’s what Moriarty’s The Fifth Letter does: reminds us that some friendships are unbreakable and those are the ones we should cherish the most. - Meg, QBD Hornsby
Hornsby, 21/02/2017
The Fifth Letter
Although this is not the type of book I normally pick up I found the Fifth Letter to be quite an enjoyable read. It is a light read with a strong mystery running through it, which keeps the story going. Even though the plot was promising I found the story to be a little simple at times. Will appeal to Fans of Liane Moriarty and anyone looking for some easy summer reading. - Lynda, QBD Tuggerah
Tuggerah, 21/02/2017
The Fifth Letter
Definitely a good curl up and read in one sitting book. Hidden secrets and half truths between four long time friends will definitely test friendship and loyalty. Just to find out the contents of the fifth letter will keep you engaged to the end. I especially enjoyed Joni's recounting of the dramas to the priest in the confessional. Altogether anentertaining read with twists to keep one guessing.- Gina, QBD Carindale
Carindale, 21/02/2017
Quick and satisfying read
Confession: I am a very slow reader. It can take me a week to read 200 pages. So there's definitely something to be said for The Fifth Letter, which I read in one sitting throughout the night and only put down at 5AM when I reached the last page. There were things I didn't love about it - the characters are extremely unlikable, and some plot points seemed a bit unnecessary or unrealistic - but it was still a quick, compelling read, with a satisfying ending. And again, there's always something to be said for a book that can keep you awake until dawn! - Maddie
Toombul, 19/02/2017
The Fifth Letter
I almost had to read this just out of sheer curiosity - firstly because when a popular author's relative releases a book, I just have to know how they compare and secondly because, well, darn it, I needed to know who wrote that fifth letter! The story itself had me on the edge of my seat the entire time, reeling me in carefully with flashbacks and snippets of the offending letter that kept the pace of the story moving smoothly in unique ways. I love how the blend of different characters work well together; these are just average, every day people like you and me which makes the shocking reveal all the more juicy! I loved every second of this book and let me tell you Nicola Moriarty goes above and beyond what I expected! I am highly anticipating her next novel! - Karen, QBD Tweed Heads.
Tweed Heads, 19/02/2017
The Fifth Letter- A Must For Both You & Your Bestie!
Nicola Moriarty indulges her reader's with her latest novel, centring around four women as they navigate husbands, children and careers. During their latest annual holiday, the four friends decide to each write an anonymous letter and reveal something about themselves that their friends would not know. As each letter is read aloud in turn, Moriarty begins to peel back the layers of each character as they share their personal secrets and react to each letter's revelations. What at first appears to be a fun and harmless game soon takes a dark turn as a fifth letter is found atop a pile of burning embers. What secret is written across those pages? And why were they trying to destroy it? This novel is one that will keep you reading until the early hours of the morning, unable to resist discovering who the author of the fifth letter is! - Erin, Cairns
Cairns, 18/02/2017
Do not expect to do much else but read...
The Fifth Letter was such a brilliantly written novel that I read it in two days! Truly a book I did not want to put down. I was caught from the get go, trying to figure out who of Joni's friends had written the intriguingly macabre fifth letter. With every letter that was revealed throughout the book and every conflict the women faced I found myself second guessing everything I thought I knew. And the ending is so satisfyingly clever! - Lisa, QBD Canelands
QBD, 16/02/2017

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