A few weeks ago I came by the Dutch website hebban.nl. After looking a bit around the website, I got addicted to it immediately! Hebban seems a bit like a Dutch version of Goodreads, but there’s a different twist than on Goodreads. Right after I looked a bit around on the website, I found the so-called Buzz. Hereby I get a book to review. I didn’t want to miss out this awesome opportunity. Immediately after reading the preview, I had to read the book right away … From that moment I desperately waited for the postman with my new book ;).
When the best friends Joni, Deb, Eden and Trina were on their annual vacation, they had no idea that their lives could change dramatically after a party. Later, the ladies have become slightly drunk, and they come up with a good idea- they write anonymous letters. In these letters they write secrets they have never told each other before. Initially, the friends have good intentions, by writing anonymous letters to each other, just to accept something no-one else knows. With this they hope that it will help them dealing with each other, despite which problem they reveal. But soon enough, one of the friends finds that one of them has bad feelings about each other – thanks to a mysterious, threatening fifth letter found by one of them. Then they are not only focused on who wrote the letters, but who thinks about one of the friends …
It’s a funny truth that you can never fully know everything there is to know about a person, regardless of how close you think you are. Because people will always have certain secrets that they will keep to themselves, for as long as they can.
The fifth letter is really an amazing book, a true feelgood novel, with a perfect dose of thrilling secrets. Honestly, I wouldn’t choose such kind of books, I just thought it was boring. Until I read the preview! I was immediately sticked to the book …
The main subject in the book- friendship, is in my opinion very well expressed! Although I’m not the same age as the friends, I was able to empathise with the story. This is mainly due to the great writing style. For example, those mysterious sentences at the beginning of the chapter (I think they’re quoted from the fifth letter), will really add something to the story. I can accurately imagine how the characters think and do in the story. While reading the story, you actually get to know the friends better than your own family ;).
There is only a shortage of Nicola Moriarty’s book …
I found the dates very confusing at each start. The flash forward takes place in July, and the story itself takes place in June. If I read something too fast about the title, I noticed it too late. As a result of that, I had to read a few pages again. Of course, I didn’t bother me so much. The secrets, lies and drama immediately glued me to the pages. Nicola Moriarty filled the pages with mystery and excitement- alternating with some laughter and romance. With a good dose of these various elements, the book is in perfect balance!
Nicola Moriarty’s book is a great change for the books that I would normally read. Puzzling with the clues you received in the book, caused a lot of thoughts in my mind. I couldn’t stop thinking about this book!
Who has written that fifth letter? And Why?
Did I like it? Yes, i’d like to reread it!
Did I love it? No, not THAT much.
Would I reread it? Of course.
Who would I recommend it to? To all who wants to read a brain teasing novel. And for all of you who has a great friendship 🙂
How Many stars? 3,5/5
My name is Julia and I am a freshman journalism student at the University of Utrecht. On this blog, you can read about everything in my life, mainly about my reading and studying adventures. Have fun!
The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.”