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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. 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?
The book opens:
The first thing you need to know is that I would never, ever actually follow through on these feelings.
When I read the above description of the book I thought that it was going to be a pretty interesting read.
It tells the story of four women who first meet at high school and become good friends. They stay friends for over 20 years and one of the things that they do is go on an annual holiday together. One holiday is described in the book. On this holiday they decide to write a letter each and share a secret with one another. However one of the women ends up writing two letters as she believes that the first secret that she wrote down, she doesn’t want to disclose to her friends.
A bit of the back story is included to explain how the girls end up being friends – they are all Scorpios and their surnames all begin with a ‘C’.
One of the characters, Joni also ends up explaining what happens to a priest in confession.
All of the women are married, but only three of them have children.
Plus the book is also set in Australia! This was a surprise intially as I hadn’t realised that the author was Australian when I first requested the book.
But I found myself hooked to the story. I took every opportunity I could to read even a few pages.
Moriarty does an excellent job in creating these ladies, perhaps some of them might resemble your own friends.
It does get a touch darker towards the end, but it does keep you guessing about who actually wrote that fifth letter.
I did like the content as after all, I’m pretty sure that all of us aren’t complete open books. We all keep some things to ourselves and perhaps even lie about something that is rather traumatic as a way to deal with it.
Review copy provided via Net Galley.