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Three Wishes

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I love the psychology in Moriarty’s books - her character studies are fascinating and complex. Each novel has its own quirks. The main thrust of the story is following the three sisters over the previous year and start to see how that Birthday celebration ended so abruptly.

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And yet, as frustrated as I was, I enjoyed the book quite a bit. Moriarty's goal here seems to have been to examine how guilt drives us: feeling guilty about the decisions we've made that maybe didn't pan out the way we'd hoped, the weight of expectations and the fear that we might not live up to them, the regret we feel over actions we might not have even meant to take. She examines these ideas from many different facets and never seems to forget this goal, but, aside from the title, she doesn't pound you over the head with reminders that "Sam feels guilty."

I'm sorry. I genuinely want to get on the Moriarty fanwagon, but I think it's time I admit her style is not one that draws me in, even if her titles and premises do. There are very few authors that can infuse everyday, mundane activities with tension ( Megan Abbott, for one) but Liane Moriarty, for me, is not one of them. I feel like I’m reading a flier advertising dish soap.

THREE WISHES by Liane Moriarty - Publishers Weekly THREE WISHES by Liane Moriarty - Publishers Weekly

No sé, me parece que le faltan ingredientes para haber convertido a este producto en otro “Big Little lies”, porque, aunque se le parece bastante, no cuenta ni con sus giros ni con sus revelaciones, aunque sí con el mismo sentido del humor y la misma acritud de la anterior. Pero me faltó un mayor interés en la historia, y me sobraron páginas. Bastantes. Another thing I like about Moriarty's writing is how the plots will go in unexpected ways — I have constantly been surprised at how a storyline will zig when I thought it was going to zag — and I love the way she wraps up a story, sometimes giving the reader who makes it to the end a juicy bit of info that ties the whole novel together. An entertaining look at a dysfunctional but loving family and the relationships they have, centered around a set of triplets with very different personalities.

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I very much enjoyed this story as the character development was outstanding. I felt I truly knew each sister and how they would behave at every juncture. The transitions to the past were timely as they aptly provided context for the three women's present characterizations. The twists in their stories, especially Gemma's, were stunning, catching me off guard. The men in their lives created even more texture to the story as they represented choices that deeply impacted their individual and collective destinies. Lastly, there were passages provided intermittently throughout the book that were observations by strangers. That was a unique device that gave additional insights about the family interactions and it really worked for me. Except her stories rarely venture outside of middle class soirées. The secrets are anticlimactic, leaving a "meh" sensation in their wake. I'm almost always left thinking “seriously, is that it?" I loved 'The Husband Secret' and 'What Alice Forgot', this is one of her earlier books, I think maybe her second one? Anyway, the writing style is more or less the same as her more recent books, she does seem to write about women who have quite busy lives and lots going on.

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