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?