Five Little Words - Book Review

Five Little Words - Book Review

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Posted 2020-11-08 by Jennifer Muirheadfollow


When Laura Caldwell brings her newborn baby son, Shay, home for the first time she finds a handful of cards wishing her congratulations. However, one card stands out from the rest, addressed to Laura alone. The message inside reads "your husband is a murderer". Someone clearly suspects her husband, Conor, of killing the village's beloved bartender, Vicky. When Conor's alibi falls apart even Laura wonders whether she can trust him. Or perhaps the card's writer was just trying to get at Laura, who has a dark secret of her own.

Five Little Words is an intriguing domestic mystery story by Jackie Walsh, the author of Familiar Strangers and The Secrets He Kept. It's set in Ireland, which I didn't realise when I started reading because the blurb didn't mention the location. Some of the dialogue threw me a bit because of the local slang (eg. "mammy"), but it made a nice change once I had mentally adjusted to it.

The story was very suspenseful after such an ominous beginning. The pressures of new motherhood made Laura easy to gaslight as she tried to find out who had written the card and began to doubt whether it had even really existed. There is some nice misdirection and multiple suspects to keep things interesting. The plot kept me so keen to find out what would happen that I finished this book within two days.

If you enjoy this novel you might also like Pip Drysdale's The Strangers We Know .
Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Hera Books, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Published: October 21, 2020

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