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Australian triplets Lyn Cat and Gemma Kettle are about to turn thirty three and one is pregnant one has just had her life turned upside down and one is only just keeping hers from skidding off 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 itThis 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 Kettle triplets jumping around to this song with abandoned pleasure made me smile I smiled all the way through with this Aussie story All the characters were uirky and real the story line funny and every step of the way was completely engaging He’s experiencing empathy for the first time in his life” said Cat with a noticeable lack of empathy ‘About time’ ‘He’s just surprised poor Dad’ said Gemma who had always suffered from excessive empathy Lyn had seen her walking down a street of parked cars winding each time she saw a parking ticket on a windscreen This is pretty close to me actually I empathise with Gemma I really really doHere’s another bit of gold “Someone did a ladylike fart during Beginners Yoga for Mums to Be” It doesn’t get better than that Down to earth and a touch self deprecating AKA realI love a good contemporary read it’s not all about rocket science and for me it’s all about enjoyable bantering fiction I met Liane Moriarty this year and am not at all surprised that I love every book she’s written The little stories she told at the event I attended I can relate back to all her work and enjoy knowing that little bit Highly recommended reading if you’re like me and enjoy being able to laugh at yourself it's full of all the non serious funny stuff you could ever imagine It’s a treat The Grip of It skidding off I want to be a Kettle The Green Ghost and Other Stories sister Ha But I’d do anything for Iceman Inheritance : Prehistoric Sources of Western Man's Racism, Sexism and Aggression some extra excitement Nuff Bride of Valverde said This is the author's debut I don’t Serving in Time see that Mouse Under Glass she has anything to improve on if I was to be honest I just love her original Calamity stories This I Know she's got a flair for itThis one in particular Vice shows me we are of the Brack 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 Devil Daves Bloody Mary Recipe Book song ‘Venus’ being a couple of them The Kettle triplets jumping around to this Lessons Learned song with abandoned pleasure made me Strange Roads smile I The 42 Day JumpStart to Permanent Weight Loss smiled all the way through with this Aussie My Dad Is Big And Strong, BUT... story All the characters were uirky and real the Braxton story line funny and every Todays the Day step of the way was completely engaging He’s experiencing empathy for the first time in his life” Raum said Cat with a noticeable lack of empathy ‘About time’ ‘He’s just Unbeatable, Volume 2 surprised poor Dad’ The Ultimate Triumph (Belisarius said Gemma who had always Claiming Addison (69 Bottles, suffered from excessive empathy Lyn had Hiding the Affair from Mom (Stepdaughter Confessions, seen her walking down a Madita street of parked cars winding each time The Wild Unknown Tarot Guidebook she When Forever Changes (English Edition) saw a parking ticket on a windscreen This is pretty close to me actually I empathise with Gemma I really really doHere’s another bit of gold “Someone did a ladylike fart during Beginners Yoga for Mums to Be” It doesn’t get better than that Down to earth and a touch Curados por la fe self deprecating AKA realI love a good contemporary read it’s not all about rocket Sweet Melissa: Ignorance is not Bliss (Book One 1) science and for me it’s all about enjoyable bantering fiction I met Liane Moriarty this year and am not at all Step Dad Knows Im a Slut (Stepdaughter Escort, surprised that I love every book Second Chance Friends she’s written The little Me Times Three stories Ambivalent Zen she told at the event I attended I can relate back to all her work and enjoy knowing that little bit Highly recommended reading if you’re like me and enjoy being able to laugh at yourself it's full of all the non Strip Poker serious funny Lifetimes stuff you could ever imagine It’s a treat

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Three Wishes

Rd year as they deal with sibling rivalry and secrets revelations and relationships unfaithful husbands and unthinkable decisions and the fabulous frustrating life of forever being part of a tr 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 isIn this book – her first – we are introduced to triplets the Kettle sisters They’re enjoying a birthday meal in a busy restaurant and raucously celebrating their shared milestone Then it all kicks off It’s typical of the author’s style that we’re then taken back in time to a date some twelve months or so earlier and walked through events leading up to that night I wouldn’t call it a mystery novel but we do discover a few hidden facts along the way It’s really a story built on excellent character development and superb dialogue It’s funny and snappy and sharp It’s also sad and thought provoking with some dark issues lurking in the background All in all It’s just fantastically entertainingMoriarty uses some brilliant tricks to keep the whole thing fresh She regularly slips in short vignettes of people who have observed the triplets at various times in their lives And she switches perspective regularly so we see the story from different angles The result is a tale that kept me on my toes I know from experience that she’s likely to spring a surprise or two and in truth I had no idea what events would unfold in order to bring me to the fateful nightI listened to this on audio as I have all of her books read by the wonderful Caroline Lee She brings the whole thing alive with huge energy and aplomb the only minor slip up being the imposition of a Geordie accent on a Mancunian A minor issue for which I forgive herThis book is probably a 45 – stopped from a top mark simply by the lack of a killer twist But I did love it I’ve listed below my ratings for the stand alone books I’ve read from this author she’s also dashed off a three volume series I’ve yet to check out But I’m gobbling up her books up at some rate and am thankful she has a new book coming out this yearThe Last Anniversary 3What Alice Forgot 4The Husband’s Secret 4Big Little Lies 5The Hypnotists Love Story – not read yet but already loaded and just waiting its turn Lessons Learned sibling rivalry and Strange Roads secrets revelations and relationships unfaithful husbands and unthinkable decisions and the fabulous frustrating life of forever being part of a tr I really like Liane Moriarty The ex advertising copywriter delivers Sydney based tales featuring gritty women who have loud forthright conversations and live complex The 42 Day JumpStart to Permanent Weight Loss secret ridden lives I’ve heard her output described as chic lit but but this feels like a diminishment of what are uniformly My Dad Is Big And Strong, BUT... snappy funny and often hard hitting Braxton stories My advice is grab one and judge for yourselves – if you’re not already a convert that isIn this book – her first – we are introduced to triplets the Kettle Todays the Day sisters They’re enjoying a birthday meal in a busy restaurant and raucously celebrating their Raum shared milestone Then it all kicks off It’s typical of the author’s Unbeatable, Volume 2 style that we’re then taken back in time to a date The Ultimate Triumph (Belisarius some twelve months or Claiming Addison (69 Bottles, so earlier and walked through events leading up to that night I wouldn’t call it a mystery novel but we do discover a few hidden facts along the way It’s really a Hiding the Affair from Mom (Stepdaughter Confessions, story built on excellent character development and Madita superb dialogue It’s funny and The Wild Unknown Tarot Guidebook snappy and When Forever Changes (English Edition) sharp It’s also Curados por la fe sad and thought provoking with Sweet Melissa: Ignorance is not Bliss (Book One 1) some dark issues lurking in the background All in all It’s just fantastically entertainingMoriarty uses Step Dad Knows Im a Slut (Stepdaughter Escort, some brilliant tricks to keep the whole thing fresh She regularly Second Chance Friends slips in Me Times Three short vignettes of people who have observed the triplets at various times in their lives And Ambivalent Zen she Strip Poker switches perspective regularly Lifetimes so we Again Calls the Owl see the Butterfingers story from different angles The result is a tale that kept me on my toes I know from experience that Anarchist Modernism she’s likely to Saving the Sheriff (Hills of Texas, spring a A River Sutra surprise or two and in truth I had no idea what events would unfold in order to bring me to the fateful nightI listened to this on audio as I have all of her books read by the wonderful Caroline Lee She brings the whole thing alive with huge energy and aplomb the only minor The Buddha Tarot [With PouchWith Booklet] slip up being the imposition of a Geordie accent on a Mancunian A minor issue for which I forgive herThis book is probably a 45 – Breakup stopped from a top mark Ring Of Steel simply by the lack of a killer twist But I did love it I’ve listed below my ratings for the Gandhi stand alone books I’ve read from this author Shattered she’s also dashed off a three volume Hawaii! 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The fast lane Meanwhile their divorced parents have been behaving very oddly indeedIn this family comedy by Liane Moriarty we follow the three Kettle sisters through their tumultuous thirty thi 4★“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 Frank’s dad’s car Frank was 20 Maxine almost 19“Over the following days while Maxine was chastely dating suitable boys and Frank was pursuing a curvy brunette two freshly fertilised eggs were busily bumping their way along Maxine’s fallopian tubes towards the haven of her horrified young uterus” This is Moriarty’s debut novel written in 2003 with plenty of insight and humour and empathy for both the parents now separated and sparring and their 30 something daughters who have the same problems their mother had and many young women have It’s just that things seem magnified when everything is tripled When one hurts they all hurt at least after two of them have finished scolding and carrying on about how the third injured one shouldn’t have been doing whatever she was doing at the time I am wrong to say 30 somethings when they’re celebrating their 34th birthday but it seems like the kind of story to say 30 somethings about All are hitting that point in their lives when they wonder if they’re on the right track – or any track at all for that matterThe two blondes are gorgeous one being a perfectionist tightly scheduled every hair in place cool number the other seeming casual and less anxious ‘seeming’ being the operative word As for the redhead Gemma well she’s in a class of her own and likes to brag that she had a whole egg to herself while her sisters each had only a half“Gemma was dressed as always like an oddly beautiful bag lady She was wearing a faded flowery dress and peculiar holey cardigan that didn’t match the dress and was too big for her Her glinty red gold hair was all over the place a tangled mess that fell past her shoulders Split ends Cat watched a guy at the door turn to look at her A lot of men didn’t notice Gemma but the ones that did really did”They are each other’s keepers as it were and they have no secrets from each other They know what their husbands and boyfriends are like in bed and they swap all kinds of personal details At least that’s what each thinks about the other two We learn differently graduallyThere are some very funny email exchanges where the three of them correspond with each other regularly But when two need to say something privately about the third one never understands not to “Reply All” so the third gets a copy as well – not advisable I loved the last line of one email to another because it sounds so sisterly“PPS Do you owe me any money by any chance? I don’t seem to have any”As in Moriarty’s hugely successful Big Little Lies there is plenty going on behind closed doors the secrets they DO keep from each other making you want to read just one chapter Her descriptions of life in this part of Sydney are accurate and familiar to me I raised little kids there too and the relationships between all the family members are spot on She has four sisters and a brother so it’s no wonder she captures the subtleties and love frustration devotion exasperation swings so well whether that’s between the siblings or the couples or the generations The awkwardness between close family members meeting a new boyfriend is something this family has to deal with a lot – good fun especially when Nana is on the scene Nothing shy about herI must add this passage which shows how they think scheme? This is about an upcoming date with a newish fella“Now wrapping a towel around her her mouth minty with Listerine tonight was most definitely first kiss time she went dripping down the hallway into her bedroom to choose her most unsexy unmatching underwear so she wouldn’t be tempted to sleep with him too soon”It’s not all fun and games of course and everything is not cheerfully perfect in the various households There are shadowy undertones but not the dark criminal elements of Big Little Lies I enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone that likes stories that are uick and fun to read but have to them than “just chick lit” The Road to Blue Ribbon Baking sisters through their tumultuous thirty thi 4★“Cat felt that Evidence of Things Unseen sense of pleasure and pride Witchs Guide to Gardening she always felt when Ceo she Autism and My Life saw her Making Every Photon Count sisters in public ‘Look at them’ Simple Sourdough she wanted to Tornado Alley say to people ‘My Fables sisters Aren’t they great? 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I don’t The Kiss seem to have any”As in Moriarty’s hugely Enter, Sleeping successful Big Little Lies there is plenty going on behind closed doors the The Boy Who Stole Attilas Horse secrets they DO keep from each other making you want to read just one chapter Her descriptions of life in this part of Sydney are accurate and familiar to me I raised little kids there too and the relationships between all the family members are HOPE FARM spot on She has four Okültizm sisters and a brother Lady Valiant so it’s no wonder Disfigured Love she captures the Legion (Xian Warriors, subtleties and love frustration devotion exasperation Outer Order, Inner Calm swings Auf Der Suche Nach Der Open Mind. 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10 thoughts on “Three Wishes

  1. says:

    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 itThis 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 Kettle triplets jumping around to this song with abandoned pleasure made me smile I smiled all the way through with this Aussie story All the characters were uirky and real the story line funny and every step of the way was completely engaging He’s experiencing empathy for the first time in his life” said Cat with a noticeable lack of empathy ‘About time’ ‘He’s just surprised poor Dad’ said Gemma who had always suffered from excessive empathy Lyn had seen her walking down a street of parked cars winding each time she saw a parking ticket on a windscreen This is pretty close to me actually I empathise with Gemma I really really doHere’s another bit of gold “Someone did a ladylike fart during Beginners Yoga for Mums to Be” It doesn’t get better than that Down to earth and a touch self deprecating AKA realI love a good contemporary read it’s not all about rocket science and for me it’s all about enjoyable bantering fiction I met Liane Moriarty this year and am not at all surprised that I love every book she’s written The little stories she told at the event I attended I can relate back to all her work and enjoy knowing that little bit Highly recommended reading if you’re like me and enjoy being able to laugh at yourself it's full of all the non serious funny stuff you could ever imagine It’s a treat


  2. says:

    Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty is a 2016 Penguin publication Originally published in 2003I 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 waitI reached back deeper into the author’s backlisted titles and pulled this one out of the hat Everything I love about Moriarty is evident in this novel the almost whimsical uality of the story the dark undertones and loads of emotions and family drama but alas this one fell a little flat for me I suppose it was partly the lopsided way things turned out with poor Cat getting a raw deal all the way around and around and around while her sisters toy with and flirt with fate and suffer little or no conseuences The ending well frankly I thought it sucked While the reader gets a slight glimmer of hope for our poor trod upon Cat it was not enough to make up for all she went through Sorry but the HEA must be firmer than that especially after putting me through an emotional spin cycle The humor that is another trademark of this author was also muted I usually find myself laughing out loud at the sharp wit and humor even when it has a slightly dark edge to it but nothing in the dialogue tickled my funny bone and the sisters often got on my nervesI suppose I enjoyed the little bit of irony involving the triplets parents the best although it was not the HEA I was anticipating in the book I suppose it will just have to do I may have to write the author and beg her to publish an additional epilogue for this one to assure me Cat’s life turned to be as full as the rest of her family’s For some reason I really need to know the details Overall I was a little bummed out over this one but I’m still a big fan and still feel very excited about catching up with all of Ms Moriarty's backlisted titles and about reading the new book 2 stars


  3. says:

    25 starsMy 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


  4. says:

    A stong 4 out of 5Another funny drama filled soap opera like juuuuicy novel from Liane Moriarty and it's crept in my favourites from herThe 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 lotDespite all their dramas and some dark themes being explored the author is SO good at still creating humour and I laughed throughout this entire novelReviews can be found at wwwbooknerdtanwordpresscomI think what makes me love Liane Moriarty's storytelling is the sheer honesty with which she describes her characters and their inner thoughts I continuously find myself thinking 'Yes That's exactly what I thought but never dared say it'Between each chapter small episodes are featured from onlooking strangers and their views on the sisters interactions from when they were young to present day These offered an important dynamic to the story I feel; showing that despite not always being able to see it first hand they were very close and had strong relationships with each otherI absolutely whizzed through this book it grabbed my attention from the get go A thoroughly entertaining read which I highly recommend


  5. says:

    Things I generally try to avoid in my reading aka why I generally don't read adult fictionVery Serious Literature Pregnancy Infidelity Infertility DivorceThings this book prominently contains Pregnancy Infidelity Infertility DivorceAnd yet a five star rating 'Nuff said


  6. says:

    4★“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 Frank’s dad’s car Frank was 20 Maxine almost 19“Over the following days while Maxine was chastely dating suitable boys and Frank was pursuing a curvy brunette two freshly fertilised eggs were busily bumping their way along Maxine’s fallopian tubes towards the haven of her horrified young uterus” This is Moriarty’s debut novel written in 2003 with plenty of insight and humour and empathy for both the parents now separated and sparring and their 30 something daughters who have the same problems their mother had and many young women have It’s just that things seem magnified when everything is tripled When one hurts they all hurt at least after two of them have finished scolding and carrying on about how the third injured one shouldn’t have been doing whatever she was doing at the time I am wrong to say 30 somethings when they’re celebrating their 34th birthday but it seems like the kind of story to say 30 somethings about All are hitting that point in their lives when they wonder if they’re on the right track – or any track at all for that matterThe two blondes are gorgeous one being a perfectionist tightly scheduled every hair in place cool number the other seeming casual and less anxious ‘seeming’ being the operative word As for the redhead Gemma well she’s in a class of her own and likes to brag that she had a whole egg to herself while her sisters each had only a half“Gemma was dressed as always like an oddly beautiful bag lady She was wearing a faded flowery dress and peculiar holey cardigan that didn’t match the dress and was too big for her Her glinty red gold hair was all over the place a tangled mess that fell past her shoulders Split ends Cat watched a guy at the door turn to look at her A lot of men didn’t notice Gemma but the ones that did really did”They are each other’s keepers as it were and they have no secrets from each other They know what their husbands and boyfriends are like in bed and they swap all kinds of personal details At least that’s what each thinks about the other two We learn differently graduallyThere are some very funny email exchanges where the three of them correspond with each other regularly But when two need to say something privately about the third one never understands not to “Reply All” so the third gets a copy as well – not advisable I loved the last line of one email to another because it sounds so sisterly“PPS Do you owe me any money by any chance? I don’t seem to have any”As in Moriarty’s hugely successful Big Little Lies there is plenty going on behind closed doors the secrets they DO keep from each other making you want to read just one chapter Her descriptions of life in this part of Sydney are accurate and familiar to me I raised little kids there too and the relationships between all the family members are spot on She has four sisters and a brother so it’s no wonder she captures the subtleties and love frustration devotion exasperation swings so well whether that’s between the siblings or the couples or the generations The awkwardness between close family members meeting a new boyfriend is something this family has to deal with a lot – good fun especially when Nana is on the scene Nothing shy about herI must add this passage which shows how they think scheme? This is about an upcoming date with a newish fella“Now wrapping a towel around her her mouth minty with Listerine tonight was most definitely first kiss time she went dripping down the hallway into her bedroom to choose her most unsexy unmatching underwear so she wouldn’t be tempted to sleep with him too soon”It’s not all fun and games of course and everything is not cheerfully perfect in the various households There are shadowy undertones but not the dark criminal elements of Big Little Lies I enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone that likes stories that are uick and fun to read but have to them than “just chick lit”


  7. says:

    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 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 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 uniue device that gave additional insights about the family interactions and it really worked for me I really liked the story and the audio performance though it was sometimes difficult to initially identify when the story was transitioning Otherwise I thought the narrator perfectly captured the characters and I could always distinguish the three women Though not a new story it was one that kept my interest and attention until the end


  8. says:

    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 uality Chick Lit


  9. says:

    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 isIn this book – her first – we are introduced to triplets the Kettle sisters They’re enjoying a birthday meal in a busy restaurant and raucously celebrating their shared milestone Then it all kicks off It’s typical of the author’s style that we’re then taken back in time to a date some twelve months or so earlier and walked through events leading up to that night I wouldn’t call it a mystery novel but we do discover a few hidden facts along the way It’s really a story built on excellent character development and superb dialogue It’s funny and snappy and sharp It’s also sad and thought provoking with some dark issues lurking in the background All in all It’s just fantastically entertainingMoriarty uses some brilliant tricks to keep the whole thing fresh She regularly slips in short vignettes of people who have observed the triplets at various times in their lives And she switches perspective regularly so we see the story from different angles The result is a tale that kept me on my toes I know from experience that she’s likely to spring a surprise or two and in truth I had no idea what events would unfold in order to bring me to the fateful nightI listened to this on audio as I have all of her books read by the wonderful Caroline Lee She brings the whole thing alive with huge energy and aplomb the only minor slip up being the imposition of a Geordie accent on a Mancunian A minor issue for which I forgive herThis book is probably a 45 – stopped from a top mark simply by the lack of a killer twist But I did love it I’ve listed below my ratings for the stand alone books I’ve read from this author she’s also dashed off a three volume series I’ve yet to check out But I’m gobbling up her books up at some rate and am thankful she has a new book coming out this yearThe Last Anniversary 3What Alice Forgot 4The Husband’s Secret 4Big Little Lies 5The Hypnotists Love Story – not read yet but already loaded and just waiting its turn


  10. says:

    Definitely not my favorite Liane MoriartyThis 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 contextHaving read uite 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 usually great at tying up all the loose ends at the end but this one is left open ended which I didn't enjoy as much I like that she makes everything look so bleak and then ends on a happy note and while this one did sort of end on a happy note it wasn't as happy as it could have been I suppose which is partially why I read her booksThey are an escape from the usual dark books I read and unfortunately this one wasn't much of an escape