A New York Times bestseller, Three Wishes is the funny, heartwarming and completely charming first novel from Liane Moriarty, also the author of #1 New York Times bestsellers The Husband’s Secret, Big Little Lies, and Truly Madly Guilty.
Lyn, Cat, and Gemma Kettle, beautiful thirty-three-year-old triplets, seem to attract attention everywhere they go. Together, laughter, drama, and mayhem seem to follow them. But apart, each is dealing with her own share of ups and downs. Lyn has organized her life into one big checklist, Cat has just learned a startling secret about her marriage, and Gemma, who bolts every time a relationship hits the six-month mark, holds out hope for lasting love. In this wise, witty, and hilarious novel, we follow the Kettle sisters through their tumultuous thirty-third year as they deal with sibling rivalry and secrets, revelations and relationships, unfaithful husbands and unthinkable decisions, and the fabulous, frustrating life of forever being part of a trio.
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Before Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty granted readers Three Wishes. Moriarty’s debut novel is the story of the drama-prone Kettle triplets on the night of their 34th birthdays, just as the celebration suddenly turns ugly. As we learn the truth about what happened, Moriarty juggles multiple voices, letting anecdotes from friends and outsiders intersect with the Kettle sisters’ stories. The revelations are soap opera–level juicy, the story moves at full tilt, and Moriarty’s trademark conversational style and dark humor are center stage. Close your eyes and make a wish of your own that everyone gets what they deserve.
Three chick-lit heroines are better than one in Moriarty's witty debut starring Sydney-based triplets Cat, Gemma and Lyn Kettle. Borrowing a convention from mystery novels, Moriarty opens with a prologue whose events must be explained through subsequent chapters: in this case, what led one sis to imbed a fondue fork in another sis's pregnant belly at their 34th birthday celebration dinner? Moriarty gleefully describes the triplets' turbulent previous year, which forces them to abandon the roles they've played since childhood. Sarcastic and abrasive marketing executive Cat must grapple with her husband Dan's affair, a miscarriage and a drinking problem, while flighty Gemma, a full-time house sitter, probes her fears of commitment when she meets charming locksmith Charlie. Lyn, a successful entrepreneur, wife and mother, has perfected the art of time management ("Sex with husband. Check"), but she's quietly seized by bouts of panic. Despite such unoriginal problems, Moriarty's novel is a winning combination of smart-alecky fun and feel-good mush (mostly the former). Her writing is smart and playful ("Death was the hot bath you promised yourself while you endured small talk and uncomfortable shoes"), her characters are quirky and lovable and her clever plot turns like the rekindled love between the triplets' divorced parents are fun. Convenient coincidences and a general predictability don't distract too much from the sassy pleasures.
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Good character development and a page turner for sure. Too much unsavory language for my taste but the characters were relatable in a quirky sort of way.
Loved the characters and the family dynamic
in this book! Such a fun read...highly recommend!
I was bummed when I finished it! It’s a definite page turner and I couldn’t wait to see where the ladies went next. There were times I was irritated with what they were doing/saying/thinking but when do we ever love everything about someone? Never. It was funny, charming, heart wrenching and genuine. The characters seemed real and I loved the interaction between the main women and their crazy kooky family they love in spite of it all. I loved how at the end of each chapter was an excerpt from a stranger who’d seen the family doing something in public that touched their own lives. I thought this addition was witty and a wonderful idea.