Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty Review

Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty review
Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty, ISBN 9780330427166, 376pp

I’ve been going through a mini Liane Moriarty reread phase. I read Three Wishes years ago but I couldn’t remember what happened. So it was nice to revisit this book again. Three Wishes is about the three Kettle sisters – Cat, Gemma and Lyn  – who also happen to be triplets. The book starts with the eyewitness accounts of bystanders who witness the triplets have a raucous dinner in a Sydney restaurant. The dinner ends with a violent argument and one sister throwing a fork at her pregnant sister, impaling her stomach. The fork thrower then passes out from the shock. Just like the bystanders, the reader has no idea what this is all about and which sister is the culprit.

Three Wishes then plunges into the lives of the Kettle sisters, who it turns out were celebrating their thirty-fourth birthday on the day of the incident. You learn about their family, their love lives (or lack of), their pasts, hopes and their loving, but tempestuous, sibling relationship. Lyn is the successful sister and tightly wound. Cat is passionate and liable to explode at any moment. Gemma is quirky, dreamy and unable to commit to anything long-term. As the book goes further you realise that they all have drama and tragedy in their lives.

I believe this was Liane Moriarty’s first novel and you can tell as it doesn’t have the polish of her later novels, but it’s probably one of her funnest books. The way she describes the relationship between sisters is so spot on. While I can’t relate to being a triplet, I can relate to being one of three sisters very close in age who people thought were twins or triplets (we didn’t look completely identical, our mum just dressed us similar when we were little). The relationship between sisters is complicated, especially when there are three involved and Liane captures this superbly. I just related so much to this whole dynamic! As much as I love my sisters, sometimes I want to throw a fork at them too!

I don’t want to give any of the plot away but it does deal with some tough issues in a sensitive way. I love how Liane handles issues affecting women in her books – from relationships to motherhood and everything in between. Some parts of this book made me smile and other bits made me teary. This book puts you through an emotional wringer.

Verdict: A book that all sisters should read together and then give each other a hug.

What’s your favourite book about a sibling relationship?

15 thoughts on “Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty Review

  1. writewhereiread November 24, 2018 / 1:43 am

    I too have been on a Liane Moriarty kick. I just finished The Last Anniversary. I have her latest novel and can’t wait to start it!!

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    • Janereads November 24, 2018 / 4:44 am

      Liane’s great isn’t she? I really enjoyed her latest book. I hope you do too.


      • writewhereiread November 24, 2018 / 4:50 am

        I had a hard time getting through what Alice forgot (I wrote a review) but I wound up still liking it.

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        • Janereads November 24, 2018 / 3:07 pm

          That’s a shame. I reread that one recently as well.


  2. Martie November 24, 2018 / 7:30 am

    Isn’t that one of her earlier books?


  3. theorangutanlibrarian November 27, 2018 / 3:55 am

    Great that it was so fun, even if missing polish of later books. Glad it deals with sensitive issues in a sensitive way. Fantastic review!

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  4. Sheree @ Keeping Up With The Penguins November 27, 2018 / 2:37 pm

    Sometimes revisiting an older enjoyable read can be just the thing to kick you out of a slump, eh? 😉 Three Wishes sounds like a lot of fun – and it’s always interesting to go back and look at the earlier work of authors who went on to great heights, it makes you appreciate all the more how hard they worked to scale up their abilities. I’m an only child, so I’m not sure I’d find this one as relatable on the same level, BUT I’m sure there are adjacent experiences that could definitely feel familiar. Thank you for sharing this one, I might never have looked at it otherwise! ❤️ (too busy avoiding Big Little Lies spoilers… hahaha)

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    • Janereads November 28, 2018 / 8:58 pm

      I’m sure there are plenty of good books out there about being an only child. 😊

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  5. Bookfrendzy December 7, 2018 / 12:17 am

    Liane’s one of my favourite authors! I have a soft spot for her cause she’s from my home country but really her books are just so fun and enjoyable. Three Wishes surprised me by how much I loved it! I was expecting to be bored but was completely attached to all three sisters and their stories. Her book endings are always so wholesome and heartwarming. Did you like any of her other books?

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    • Janereads December 7, 2018 / 10:39 am

      That’s good to hear. I love all her books. The only one I haven’t read is The Last Anniversary. What’s your favourite Lianne book?

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      • Bookfrendzy December 7, 2018 / 11:22 am

        I’ve read The Last Anniversary and I’ll say the second half of the book is probably better! My favourite book from her so far definitely has to be Big Little Lies. It was just such a quick, easy, but suspensful read. I also love Three Wishes and What Alice Forgot.

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        • Janereads December 7, 2018 / 12:05 pm

          Big Little Lies is my favourite too – followed by What Alice forgot. 😁

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          • Bookfrendzy December 7, 2018 / 12:06 pm

            I’m a sucker for the kind of premise seen in What Alice Forgot. I love how they fell in love again, it’s so sweet.

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