Review of Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty

Three Wishes is a very funny contemporary fiction novel, and the first book written by one of my favorite authors. The story is about a set of triplets, living in Sidney Australia, who try to help one another get through, and learn from, some of their bitter and painful emotional family storms.

The opening scene takes place at their 34th birthday celebration. As a tradition, the three sisters meet every year at the same restaurant to share their special day together.

I knew I was in for some laughs when Cat, one of the triplets, stood fuming during their birthday celebration. In a fit of frustration, Cat picked up a fondue fork and whirled it through the air. Cat’s anger quickly changed to panic, however, when she realized that the metal object that was sticking out of her pregnant sister’s abdomen was her fondue fork. She fainted from the shock of it, smashing her jaw on the table, and fracturing it as she fell face-first to the floor. Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty

Although the Kettle sisters are very different from one another, they all possess the same sarcastic edge to their quirky personalities.  When Cat, Gemma and Lyn are not supporting and loving one another, they are fighting with a passion, as only truly dysfunctional families know how to do.

I really enjoyed this book and found it very well written, even as a first novel. Liane’s storyline is unique and her character dialogue is very witty. I am always amazed at how Liane Moriarty is able to add humor into her stories even while writing about serious family issues such as marital infidelity, slippery lies and sibling rivalry. I have only read three of Liane’s books so far, but plan on working my way through all of them. Liane Moriarty is a gem of an author and one that you really should not miss.

4 out of 5 stars, Review by Peg Glover