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Three Wishes

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  93,050 ratings  ·  6,236 reviews
From the no. 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Husband's Secret, Big Little Lies and new novel Nine Perfect Strangers.

"I adored Three Wishes ... fresh, very, very funny ... also intelligent and unsentimental about family dynamics" Marian Keyes

Three sisters, one birthday, one little problem ...

It happens sometimes that you accidentally star in a little public
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 1st 2015 by Pan Australia (first published 2003)
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Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty is a 2016 Penguin publication. ( Originally published in 2003)

I had heard so much about Liane Moriarty I put several of her books on hold at the library a little while back. I read them as they became available, in no particular order. I love, love, love this author’s style of writing. But, while I cool my heels, still waiting on ‘Truly, Madly, Guilty” to become available, at my library, (llllooooonnnnnngggg wait!),I reached back deeper into the author’s backlisted
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.
Tan Markovic
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A stong 4 out of 5.

Another funny, drama-filled, soap opera like, juuuuicy novel from Liane Moriarty and it's crept in my favourites from her.
The story follows three triplet sisters, in their thirties, who all have very different personalities and outlooks on life and explores how their complex relationships with each other withstand all the dramas that life throws at them. Spoiler alert: a lot.

Despite all their dramas and some dark themes being explored, the author is SO good at still creating
“Cat felt that sense of pleasure and pride she always felt when she saw her sisters in public. ‘Look at them!’ she wanted to say to people. ‘My sisters. Aren’t they great? Aren’t they annoying?’

I reckon that’s just how siblings think about each other – alternating rapidly between loyalty and rivalry. In this case, Moriarty gives us triplets, which includes a pair of blonde identical twins, and an outlier, redheaded Gemma. They are the result of an impulsive, lusty coupling in the backseat of
Feb 15, 2015 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):

Things this book prominently contains:

And yet, a five star rating. 'Nuff said.
This is the story of the Kettle sisters, Gemma, Lyn and Cat, 33-years old triplets (two are identical twins) and a look at their lives at a pivotal moment in time. It's told in each of their voices, transitioning from past to present as they each face a critical issue. The dynamics of how they interact with each other is also an important aspect of their story.

I very much enjoyed this story as the character development was outstanding. I felt I truly knew each sister and how they would behave
Jun 06, 2015 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
Andrew Smith
Feb 02, 2016 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
May 12, 2015 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
Jul 08, 2015 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
Carla Caruso
Jun 23, 2013 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
Sep 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, 2018
3.5 Stars
Triplet sisters living in Australia and trying to figure out their lives. The book opens with a crazy dinner sequence where the sisters are together for their birthday, one is pregnant and one stabs the pregnant one in the belly with a fork!

... Let the hi jinks commence! This book was crazy and fun. The three sisters are each unique with their own set of quirks. As the book progresses, the story continues to twist and twist. I literally kept gasping and the story change again. What a
This is only my second Liane Moriarty novel. I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as her more popular Big Little Lies, but I did.

It may not be literary fiction, but Moriarty can write characters incredibly well. Most importantly, their stories are so relatable, so real.

It goes without saying that being about triplet sisters made things even more interesting as most of us are intrigued by twins, triplets and so on.

Moriarty masterfully interspersed bystanders' povs with the sisters'. It works
Theresa Alan
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This wasn’t my favorite Liane Moriarty book, but I enjoyed it a lot. A story about triplets—two identical, one fraternal—it’s about the friendship and angry spats that come from having a family. Nobody can piss you off in an instant quite like a family member because it’s never just about the one thing you’re upset about, it’s an accumulation of your shared history. Which is the exact same reason no one will understand you in quite the same way your sisters will—they had the same parents and ...more
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-bookshelf
The characters the dialogue and the quirky situations make me wish I could jump right into this book and into their lives, such fun spirited characters, the story revolves around triplet sisters, they have a heathly or is that unhealthy? dependence on each other bordering on a love/hate relationship that brings the most bizarre and fun encounters which, having this book set in Sydney and surrounding suburbs makes it that much better, feeling ever so familiar. This is Liane Moriarty's debut book, ...more
Jan 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I normally love books by Liane Moriarty, and while Three Wishes was a fun and interesting book, it doesn't exactly hold up to the expectations I have for this author. I suppose I can forgive her since this was her debut novel.

I really liked the pace of this book. Stories that drag tend to bore me, as I'm sure they do most people. There was always something happening or some type of drama needing to be resolved in this story. I really particularly love how, at least in all of the stories I have
Sep 10, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Three Wishes was Lianne Moriarity's first novel, and it's not surprising. She's really come a long way since this one. Or should I say, she and her characters have really matured over time. I was not following, understanding, or caring about anyone here at first. But the more I got to know the characters, or really just Gemma (the triplet who was fraternal), the more I liked it. The other two triplets were identical twins, so Gemma was more unique and her sisters let her know how different she ...more
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
Iryna *Book and Sword*
4/5 stars

“Opinions were for other people. It was fascinating how upset they got about them.”

Having been quite disappointed in my last Moriarty read (Truly Madly Guilty) I was very pleased with Three Wishes.

I think this was her debut novel, and man it was good. Probably the funniest one I've read by her. Sure, her other books also have lough out loud moments, but this one was loaded with them.

Also, Moriarty needs to write more books because I have only two to go before I've read all of her
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh how I'm going to miss Gemma, Lyn, and Cat! I loved these characters. The fact that they were there for each other through thick and thin, that they were flawed, just endeared them to me more. This book made me laugh even when dealing with some tough subjects. Another one of my favorites!
Three wishes, three women who are triplets. It was a good read with some real laugh out loud moments. What a wacky family. Favourite character was Maddie.
Susan Phillips
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recent-reads
If you love “sister books” as I do, this is another winner from Moriarty.
Apr 18, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted here.

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
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
Nov 02, 2013 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 ...more
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 ...more
Oct 04, 2014 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
Emily Lund
Jun 21, 2012 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. ...more
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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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