The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty. 288 pages
Joni, Eden, Trina and Deb have been best friends since high school, sharing a bond that has taken them into adulthood. However, time and circumstances have started to pull them away from each other and as she plans their yearly vacation, Joni wonders if she can find a way to draw them all back together again. After they meet up for their vacation, Joni comes up with an idea one evening: each woman will write an anonymous letter, spilling their darkest secrets, and then each letter will be read aloud during dinner a following night. This game quickly turns from fun to something more devastating, exposing cracks in their previously strong friendships, including a dark secret one of them harbors about harming one of the other women.
I read this book in an afternoon, skimming along and enjoying the story. I knew that at the end, the mystery of the fifth letter would be solved, and at least most (if not all) of the issues between the women would be resolved. However, I was still kept guessing about some of the elements of the story and was a bit surprised by part of the ending. This was a great escapist book for a weekend read.