Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty

I think that Three Wishes marks the last of Liane Moriarty‘s books I had left to read. I have therefore been thrown into abject sorrow at the knowledge that I am facing a seemingly endless stretch until I can read another new book by her.

In any case, Three Wishes lacked some of the… Punch… Of some of her other books but that kind of meant I could enjoy it in it’s own right. Published originally in 2003 and rerelease this year in the UK, the story revolves around triplet sisters on the approach to their thirty third birthday. As usual, Liane Moriarty doesn’t just tell a straight story beginning to end. We get a glimpse into an argument on their birthday dinner through the eyes of others at the restaurant, and each chapter is separated by a strangers view of the girls as they grow up. 

The idea of having triplet main characters worked really well because we got three distinct personalities and problems, with the added layer of their different reactions to a shared history.

There’s the usual mix of humour and tragedy that I’ve come to love in Liane Moriarty’s books. In Three Wishes she deals with affairs, miscarriages, the aftermath of emotional abuse, panic attacks, ex wives, new relationships and family ties. All nearly wrapped in a complex, well thought out story. I was particularly fond of Gemma’s storyline, seeing some parallels between her history with Marcus and a past relationship of mine and the ways in which we deal with such things.

I didn’t feel like there was as big a reveal or shock as some of her other books, but that didn’t make it any less enjoyable and I liked the way the story unfolded without dramatics.


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