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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 and Big Little Lies.

Lyn, Cat, and Gemma Kettle, beautiful thirty-three-year-old triplets, seem to attract attention everywhere they go. Together, laughter, drama, and mayhem seem
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ebook, 290 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 2003)
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Linda I did get attached to the characters and the overall plot of the book was good, the ending was nothing spectacular-just okay. No awful or graphic…moreI did get attached to the characters and the overall plot of the book was good, the ending was nothing spectacular-just okay. No awful or graphic details at the end, but there were some entertaining parts throughout the book.(less)
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Suzanne
I want to be a Kettle sister. Ha! But I’d do anything for some extra excitement. Nuff said. This is the author's debut. I don’t see that she has anything to improve on if I was to be honest! I just love her original stories, she's got a flair for it.

This one in particular shows me we are of the same era. I love when the books I read contain little tid bits of pop culture references that I can relate to and really bond with. Teletubies and Bananarama’s song ‘Venus’ being a couple of them. The Ket
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Phrynne
Jun 06, 2015 Phrynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a really enjoyable and totally engaging book written in the author's customary style. Chapters are preceded by little anecdotes from strangers who view the main characters antics as outsiders. And then we get to meet all those lovely characters and, whether we love them or dislike them, discovering what happens to them becomes compulsive reading. If you enjoyed Big Little Lies then you will enjoy this too. I guess it does fall into the genre of Chick Lit but it is very good quality Chick ...more
☯Cathrine
2.5 stars
My least favorite of the authors books. Three 33 year old twin sisters and their dramas with husbands, boyfriends, children, parents, and each other. It was like reading a three ring circus. Perhaps I would have enjoyed it in my own thirties when I was still drinking cosmopolitans. Perhaps a warning on the cover: Not for mature audiences; reader discretion is advised.
Andrew Smith
Feb 05, 2016 Andrew Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like Liane Moriarty. The ex-advertising copywriter delivers Sydney based tales featuring gritty women who have loud, forthright conversations and live complex, secret ridden lives. I’ve heard her output described as chic lit, but but this feels like a diminishment of what are uniformly snappy, funny and often hard hitting stories. My advice is grab one and judge for yourselves – if you’re not already a convert, that is.

In this book – her first – we are introduced to triplets, the Kettle
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Kaora
May 20, 2015 Kaora rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Definitely not my favorite Liane Moriarty.

This book follows a similar format as her other books with the book opening with a dramatic and very public argument in a restaurant as they celebrate their 33rd birthday together. The book then goes back to the events leading up to the big blowout to provide some context.

Having read quite a few Liane Moriarty the twists and turns in this book were predictable, and I felt like this is one of my least favorite of her books due to the ending. Moriarty is u
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Carla Caruso
Jun 23, 2013 Carla Caruso rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How have I only just properly discovered Aussie author Liane Moriarty? I loved this book, and can't believe it's her first novel (she now has many more under her belt) - it's so richly written.

I kept seeing Liane's name about the place, then was drawn to reading her debut tome as it's about triplet sisters and I'm preggers with twins. Well, I will definitely be searching out more of her titles.

The Kettle sisters depicted and their various partners, exes and rellies all seem so real and will 'li
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Laura
Feb 22, 2015 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Things I generally try to avoid in my reading (aka why I generally don't read adult fiction/Very Serious Literature):
-Pregnancy
-Infidelity
-Infertility
-Divorce

Things this book prominently contains:
-Pregnancy
-Infidelity
-Infertility
-Divorce

And yet, a five star rating. 'Nuff said.
Deanna
Jul 08, 2015 Deanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story about the Kettle triplets over the course of their thirty-third year. Cat, Gemma and Lyn Kettle are a strange sight when they are together and their lives take turns over the next year that no one could foresee.

Right from the beginning I was hooked as the book opens to the sisters celebrating their Thirty-fourth birthday. The story then jumps back to the previous year and all that has happened in the fascinating triplets lives.

The story is told from multiple perspectives. I found it
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Jennifer
Three Wishes is a standalone novel written by the amazing Liane Moriarty. Based on publication dates, this title appears to be her first novel (at least her first book listed on goodreads). As good as Three Wishes is, I can honestly say she has gotten better and better with each novel.

Three Wishes follows three thirty-three-year-old triplet sisters and describes a year in their lives when their worlds are turned upside down. The way the story and POV's are set up creates some time hopping which
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Sara
It is actually a 3.5 stars rounded up to 4.
I have some mixed feelings about this book, on one side, it gripped me from the start, and I liked reading it. I had difficulties putting it down, which is the good part. However, upon finishing it, I was left with a bittersweet after taste. This book made me nervous, and left me unsatisfied.
The writing style at the beginning is a bit confusing, but once you get used to it, it becomes enjoyable. It is the story of three twins, and the narrative perspect
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Susan Elizabeth Phillips
If you love “sister books” as I do, this is another winner from Moriarty.
Andrea
Dec 02, 2008 Andrea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Chachic
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One of my goals this year is to do more readalongs because they're a lot of fun. I read Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty along with two good friends, Janice and Holly. I first discovered Liane Moriarty, Australian author of contemporary fiction, when I read What Alice Forgot last year. I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to read the rest of her books.

The cute cupcake cover for Three Wishes is deceiving. I thought I'd be reading a book about quirky triplets, something light
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Bonnie
Nov 03, 2013 Bonnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book I've read by Liane Moriarty and I think one of the reasons I've notched five stars for all of them is not because I necessarily 'enjoyed' reading them but because I couldn't stop thinking about them. "Three Wishes" also tackles uncomfortably sticky relationships with friends and siblings and spouses. My brain keeps spinning on 'what ifs' and how decisions we make spin off an impossibly intertwined sequence of events. As always, she succeeds in getting the readers to realiz ...more
Rachel
Oct 04, 2014 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I was gonna say adored it but I'm not sure if it's a lifelong adoration or a moment in time adoration. But the important thing is I really enjoyed this title while I read it. It's especially relatable to those of us with weird dysfunctional families who mean well and laugh out loud funny while tackling serious moments in life. It's about the individual's lives but also the life of A FAMILY, despite little things like the parents (of the original family for the purpose ...more
Tania
Oct 14, 2014 Tania rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
3.5 stars. A lot of people complain about formula writing, but every now and again (especially when I'm very busy) I enjoy picking up a book and knowing exactly what to expect. Three wishes did not dissapoint and I had loads of giggles and shed a tear or two, which is precisely what I wanted. I enjoyed reading about the relationship between the sisters, even if their personalities where a bit stereotyped, but my favorite character was the mom. A quick bit of escapism.

The Story: Lyn, Cat, and Gem
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Syl. A.k.a Topo di biblioteca
Pure entertainment. This book gave me many a laugh aloud moment. It was signature Moriarty, with different POVs starting from an exciting incident, and then going back and forth from the point. Triplets, Gemma (unidentical), Cat and Lyn (identical) come from a close knit, though whacky family, with divorced parents. They are different in their outlook, though very similar physically. This book narrates their lives - relationships, emotions, strives, interactions, outlook and almost everything el ...more
Ruth Turner
Oct 04, 2014 Ruth Turner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I love the way Liane Moriarty writes, smooth and easy, light hearted and charming, and often very funny.

This story is told from different points of view, moving back and forwards between past and present, and interspersed with amusing recollections from people who have briefly entered the triplet’s orbit.

Once again, Moriarty has created wonderful characters that I could easily relate to. I found little pieces of me in this book, and the Sydney I grew up in. It made me feel quite nostalgic.

As wit
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Michelle
Attracting attention wherever they go, the triplets Gemma, Cat and Lyn Kettle couldn't be more different - or closer. Gemma is the flighty one and can't seem to hold onto a job, or a boyfriend to save her life. While sarcastic Cat has always been in control and ready to take charge especially when it comes to her job and her marriage. And organized Lyn seems to have it all: the career, the loving husband, and the kids. As these three independent yet devoted sisters get ready to celebrate their t ...more
Lisa
Mar 19, 2016 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-author, audio
Loved this story of a year(ish) in the life of 33/34 year old triplets Lyn, Cat & Gemma. Great fun with plenty of tears and tantrums all weaved together in super sleek Moriarty style.
Love her books and although this is not in the same league as Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty or The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty it is a fab lighthearted read...love Nana!
Cynthia Corral
Feb 10, 2016 Cynthia Corral rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audio version which was very well narrated, as Liane Moriarty books always are.
I'm becoming quite a fan of Moriarty's work. It's chick-lit without the fluffy nonsense. Her books always start out with a group of women, usually including at least one mother of the bunch as well. The women are usually each successful in at least one area of their lives: personal, professional, family, etc. Moriarty introduces the women to us and then proceeds to pick apart the walls of their perfe
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Emily Lund
Jun 21, 2012 Emily Lund rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I choose to read this book because my local library is doing a reader choice awards and it was one of the previous years winners. Although I find that hard to believe that it won a reader's choice awards. Gemma is one of the Triplets that is lacking in the brains department, Lyn is the overachiever and Cat is the one on the brink of major meltdown. I get what they went through but the story kept bouncing back and forth between present and the past. It was like I was reading a story with ADHD. He ...more
Marla
Jul 16, 2013 Marla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again, I first read this book when it came out but didn't realize it until 2/3 of the way through. I don't mind reading it again as Liane Moriarty is a good writer. This book made me laugh, made me care for the characters and made me almost cry at a couple points. There are a few times I was slightly confused with flashbacks but it was minor. This is a great summer read that is well worth your time. I don't mind that I read it again and I know you will enjoy it too. Plus I love reading books abo ...more
Shelagh Rice
This was my least favourite of Liane Moriarty's books. It is still an enjoyable read about triplets and their loves,o lives, children, husbands, ups and downs and how they interact with each other, their quirky parents and grand mother. As each triplet is written in the first person it can be a bit confusing, and I did have to check a couple of times to see which one I was listening to. I loved What Alice Forgot and Big Little Lies so maybe my expectations were too high.
ALPHAreader
Jan 25, 2016 ALPHAreader rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘Three Wishes’ was bestselling Australian author Liane Moriarty’s very first novel, published in 2004.

So, I just learned the other day that the title of Moriarty’s new book (coming July 2016) is ‘Truly Madly Guilty’ and I am just ridiculously excited for it. I am a very big fan of Liane Moriarty’s books, which I first started reading in 2011 – I’d read four of her six published books, keeping two of her backlist in my ‘rationing reading’ pile. But upon learning the news of her forthcoming seven
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Christa
Jun 06, 2015 Christa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
Three Wishes is a very enjoyable romp about a set of triplets. It has funny moments, sad ones, and tender, as well as touching ones. I liked the three sisters, and I wanted everything to work out well for all of them. Gemma and Lynn were my favorite characters, and I found it more difficult to warm up to Cat, although I wanted the best for her too. While not my favorite by Moriarty, I did thoroughly enjoy it, and am very glad to have read this one.
Isabella
Nov 20, 2014 Isabella rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
AAAAARRRRGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!

This book was maddening! It gets you involved from the start and you can't put it down, but in the end it is SO UNFAIR!!!

There are three sisters, three twins, and the book jumps between one an the other to tell the story (a bit confusing in the beginning, then you get use to it).

But what makes me so mad about this book, it is infuriating actually, it is how two of the sisters get or keep everything (one starts already with the perfect life and the worst that happens to he
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Becky
Dec 04, 2012 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think if I hadn't read this book literally right after "What Alice Forgot" I'd probably be giving it 4.5 to 5 stars, but a lot of the storylines were really similar to "What Alice Forgot".

Three Wishes is about triples Gemma, Cat and Lyn, and the book starts with a historic fight on their 34th birthday, at a restaurant, which ends in a fork stabbed in a pregnant stomach. The sisters are all very close, know everything (almost) about each other, and have extreme love/hate relationships. The narr
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Vicki
Three Wishes is about the lives of a set of triplets, two identical and one from another egg...I see trouble brewing from the get-go. The girls are typical of any sisters, I think, with the drama that goes on, the sibling rivalry, love lives, and jealousy, etc. Perhaps that is one reason I enjoyed the book as much as I did. As an added bonus, there is even a scene where someone loses a bodily part. So, if you ask me, this book has it all!

My daughter and I were reading this book at the same time
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Malia
Dec 14, 2015 Malia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-2013
This was just what I needed after several rather tough and trying crime novels. Moriarty's books I should say, are not your typical chic-lit. They feel real and part of reality is sometimes tragedy. This is not to say that humor or happiness is lacking, but there is always some element of 'real life' that keeps these books from veering into the pink fluff area.
THREE WISHES is the story or triplets, Lyn, Cat, and Gemma, who are all quite different but are bound to each other by the ties of family
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Liane Moriarty is the Australian author of six internationally best-selling novels, Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist's Love Story and the number 1 New York Times bestsellers, The Husband's Secret and Big Little Lies.

Her breakout novel The Husband's Secret sold over three million copies worldwide, was a number 1 UK bestseller, an Amazon Best Book of 2013 and has
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