Thanks to Sriya at Michael Joseph Books for the invitation to join the blog tour and for a copy of the book to read and review.
Jill’s three grown-up sons mean everything to her.
She would do anything for her boys – protect them, lie for them, even die for them.
Then one day she receives an email with the subject line: ‘You Need To Know’.
Jill doesn’t want to know. She leaves the warning unread.
But some truths you can’t hide from.
Soon Jill will start to wonder if she knows her sons at all . . .
How long will these secrets stay hidden?
And when they are revealed . . . can Jill’s family survive?
I love discovering new authors to me, and travelling the world virtually, and this book gave me both. The book starts on Christmas Eve, when a road traffic accident has occurred. We are then regularly teased with a little more information about the events of Christmas Eve, in between the chapters starting from December 1st.
We start to find out more about the three brothers, and their relationships with each other. Pete is an author who is married with four children, including baby twins. His wife, Mimi, is struggling to cope with the change to her life and is turning to alcohol. Their older daughters have changed since the twins were born, specially Callie.
Darren is currently single, and struggling to write after a scathing book review and his girlfriend leaving him, whilst Tony is living a new lifestyle after selling a novel without anyone being aware that he was writing it.
Their mum Jill, is keen for everyone to carry on as usual after the death of their father Frank, including staying at Robin’s Nest over Christmas. She is keeping her own secrets, is feeling guilty about the death of Frank and hasn’t read an email that may help explain what is happening to some of the family.
There are many secrets and misunderstandings between the family members and I definitely didn’t see some of the twists in the story. The tension built beautifully and I didn’t want to put this book down. I enjoyed the well plotted story, but I’m aware that some people may struggle with the topics covered in relation to the children. I’m looking forward to reading more by Nicola Moriarty in the future.
Author Bio (from Amazon):
Nicola Moriarty is a best-selling, Sydney-based novelist, copywriter and mum to two small (but remarkably strong willed) daughters. In between various career changes, becoming a mum and completing her BA, she began to write. Now, she can’t seem to stop.
Her writing was once referred to as ‘inept’ by The Melbourne Age. Luckily on that same day the Brisbane Courier Mail called her work ‘accomplished, edgy and real.’ So she stopped crying into her Weetbix, picked up a pen and continued to write. She has been fuelled by a desire to prove The Age wrong ever since.
Her published works include the novels Free-Falling, Paper Chains, The Fifth Letter, Those Other Women and The Ex-Girlfriend along with the novella Captivation and contributions to two UK anthologies.
Nicola has been awarded the Fred Rush Convocation prize from Macquarie University, along with ‘Best Australian Debut’ from Chicklit Club. She has been published in Australia, The United States and The United Kingdom and her books have been translated into German, Dutch and Hungarian.
The Fifth Letter was a Top Ten Bestseller in Australia with Australian Women’s Weekly calling it ‘a pacey, circle-of-friends thriller’; while the UK’s Sun on Sunday said, ‘With secrets and intrigue, this is a compulsive read.’ It was The Librarian’s Choice top pick and was featured in Popsugar’s Best Books for Fireside Reading plus their Favourite Books for the Year.
On Those Other Women, Marian Keyes said ‘I devoured it, loved it and totally escaped into it’, while Publishers Weekly called it a ‘darkly droll page-turner.’ The Ex-Girlfriend was called ‘fresh, atmospheric, feminist’ by Gillian McAllister and ‘An extremely twisty tale of obsession and revenge’ by Heat.
She is also very excited to share the news that both The Fifth Letter and The Ex-Girlfriend have been optioned for film and television!
Nicola has four older sisters and one older brother and she lives in constant fear of being directly compared to her two wildly successful and extraordinarily talented author sisters, Liane Moriarty and Jaclyn Moriarty. Unless of course, the comparison is something kind, perhaps along the lines of, “Liane, Jaci and Nicola are all wonderful writers. I love all of their books equally.”
Other things of note are Nicola’s lack of fine motor skills, demonstrated by her inability to thread keys onto key-rings, tie balloons, braid hair and apply eyeliner. If you have taken the time to read this far, she would very much like to send you a Freddo Frog to show her appreciation. But she probably won’t follow through, because she’ll most likely eat all the Freddo Frogs before she gets the chance to post them. Sorry, she does mean well.
Nicola’s next book, The Accident is due out in 2021.
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