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Jill’s three sons mean everything to her. When tragedy strikes they pull together to support her. With the holidays fast approaching, Jill is eager to put the past behind them as they gather together for a trip away.
But with the arrival of an unexpected email she is forced to recognise that at the heart of her family lies a simmering darkness.
Jill would do anything for her sons – protect them, lie for them, even die for them. But with a secret so dark, and so damaging, hurtling on a collision course towards them, only one question remains:
Will any of them survive it?
I thoroughly enjoyed this read, it kept my full attention from start to finish. A family drama, full of secrets and lies which all come out as the story unravels. Set in Australia in the Sydney area.
Jill is the mother of three sons Tony, Pete and Darren, mother in law to Andrea and Mimi and grandmother to Callie, Tara and twin baby girls Elliot and James. She became a widow a year earlier and still misses her husband, writing letters to him even though she knows he will never read them, but the letters talk of things she knows, secrets and her guilt, or course you want to know what secrets she has. All three sons are writers and have been successful in their own rights.
Every Christmas Eve it is tradition that they drive up to the mountains and stay in their holiday cottage, to celebrate the festivities as one big family. But will they all make it there this year?
The story is told by the POV of Mimi, Jill, Andrea, and Darren. As well as brief excerpts of what is happening on Christmas Eve. Gradually the reader learns things about each of the characters, who has secrets and lies they are hiding. The way this is done is clever as it ramps the tension up higher and higher. Starting at the beginning of December leading to events on December 24th.
I really liked most of the characters they worked well and despite the POV changing it was easy to keep up with. Nicola made them all,believable and relatable. As Mimi struggles with a teenage daughter and newborn twins, I loved how her husband Pete did his share of the work with the children, with both of them working from home as Pete writes books and Mimi does the illustrations. The only character I wasn’t keen on was Charlotte the ex girlfriend of Darren, but she had dumped him for a woman Steph. Despite that they were still friends but at times I found her very pushy and selfish and Darren still seeming to have feelings for her would do whatever she asked.
This is a book you will need free time for because once you start you will not want to put it down. I did guess one of the twists in the story but that didn’t spoil it in any way as there was plenty going on.
I would highly recommend this read for anyone who likes a good domestic drama, with family secrets, lies, mistakes and betrayal. A definite 5⭐️ read for me.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nicola Moriarty is a novelist, copywriter and mum to two small (but remarkably strong-willed) daughters. In between various career changes becoming a mum and studying at university, she began to write. Now, she can’t seem to stop. The Fifth Letter was her UK debut novel, followed by Those Other Women and The Ex Girlfriend.