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Book Review: Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty

Book Review: Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty

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Three Wishes was Moriarty’s debut novel. I read Big Little Lies, The Husband’s Secret, and What Alice Forgot a few years ago and Truly, Madly, Guilty earlier this year. And I loved them all. I love the way Moriarty writes complex women. She adds depth to all of her female characters, which is so refreshing when you look at other “chick lit”. I have had Three Wishes on my Kindle app for a while, so I was glad to finally read it. It tells the story of the thirty-three years old Kettle triplets: Lyn, Cat, and Gemma.

The story starts off with the three of them out to dinner at a restaurant, when one of them throws a fondue fork at the pregnant belly of one of the others. This prologue is told from the point of view of other patrons in the restaurant. Then Moriarty takes us back a few months before that incident, to set up the story.

Gemma is the free spirit of the trio, a house sitter, and begins dating Charlie, a locksmith, early in the story. Lyn is the steady sister, a successful business owner, happily married with a young daughter and a teenage stepdaughter, but is constantly stressed and begins having panic attacks. Cat is a marketing executive at a chocolate company and is married to Dan; they’ve been trying to have a baby for a year, when Dan drops the bombshell that he slept with a woman named Angela.

The story follows each sister through roughly the next year. I found myself caring more about Gemma’s storyline than Cat and Lyn’s. She was engaged in her early 20s, but then her fiancé died when he was hit by a car. At first glance, she seems to be the most superficial and one-dimensional character, but after learning more about that relationship, you start to understand why she has not been in a serious relationship in the 12 years since. 

The secondary characters in this novel, like other Moriarty novels, are such gems. My favorite was Nana Kettle; what a treasure. Her sass and outlook on life is refreshing for someone her age.

Everyone ends up getting her own version of a happy ending. This was another consistent novel from Liane Moriarty. I give it 4 stars.

Let me know your thoughts on Three Wishes.

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