REVIEW: THREE WISHES, BY LIANE MORIARTY

 

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My explorations of this author’s work began with her later books, and I have subsequently moved backward to her earlier ones. Three Wishes was a delightful read, and I thoroughly enjoyed “meeting” the Kettle family, with the sibling rivalry intensified due to the fact that the Kettle girls are triplets.

Set in Sydney, Australia, the story moves back and forth in time, alternately narrated by various characters, including brief notes from random observers.

Lyn and Cat are identical, while Gemma is the fraternal one. Lyn and Cat are blond and Gemma has red hair.

Their parents, Maxine and Frank, divorced when they were six, but something seems to be happening between them now, as the girls, at age 33, approach birthday number 34.

Cat has a lot of issues, starting with her difficulty in getting pregnant. Then she discovers that Dan, her husband, has been unfaithful. She learns a few other things about Dan that throw her world upside down.

Lyn, on the other hand, is obsessively controlled, with her numerous lists…so why is she suddenly suffering from panic attacks in parking lots? As the “perfect” business woman and mother to Maddie, a toddler, why does she feel so estranged from her teenage stepdaughter Kara?

Gemma has a lot going on beneath the surface; why do her relationships seem to self-destruct before they barely get off the ground? What really happened between her and her fiancé Marcus?

With a great peek behind the facades that families present to the world, the story was engaging and kept me glued to the pages. I loved the dynamics between the siblings; the dialogue was often funny, which made me want to be a part of their family, or to be their friend. There were sad, angry, and emotional moments. They felt like real people, and I didn’t want the story to end. I wanted to stay connected to them indefinitely. 5.0 stars.

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8 thoughts on “REVIEW: THREE WISHES, BY LIANE MORIARTY

  1. I’m a huge fan of this author having started with her later books. It’s good knowing that I still have a few of her earlier works still to explore – this one hasn’t been published in the UK yet so any copy is enormously expensive but I live in hope!

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  2. I loved reading this author’s later books – Big, Little Lies and The Husband’s Secret. I think I might have this one on my Kindle. I know I have that one about the Hypnotist and the one about Alice. Good to know that this one works well. Now to read them – maybe this summer. I’m kind of feeling the pull away from the mystery/crime books and over to more mainstream books – for the summer at least. I was telling someone that I was thinking of a fall focus on thrillers/ghosts/Jack the Ripper. What do you think? LOL

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  3. I am working my way backward through Liane Moriarty’s works. Haven’t gotten to this one, so I’m glad to read your stamp of approval. We seem to like a lot of the same books.

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