Lyn, Cat, and Gemma Kettle, beautiful 33-year-old triplets, seem to attract attention everywhere they go. Whenever they're together, laughter, drama, and mayhem seem to follow. But apart, each is very much her own woman, dealing with her own share of ups and downs.
Lyn has organized her life into one big checklist, juggling the many balls of work, marriage, and motherhood with expert precision, but is she as together as her datebook would have her seem? Cat has just learned a startling secret about her marriage - can she bring another life into her very precarious world? And can free-spirited Gemma, who bolts every time a relationship hits the six-month mark, ever hope to find lasting love?
In this wise, witty, hilarious new novel, we follow the Kettle sisters through their 33rd year, as they struggle to survive their divorced parents' dating each other, their technologically savvy grandmother, a cheating husband, champagne hangovers, and the fabulous, frustrating life of forever being part of a threesome.
©2004 Liane Moriarty (P)2014 Tantor
"Moriarty's first novel, written with wisdom, humor, and sincerity, is an honest look at sisters who have a bond stronger than anything life throws their way." (Booklist)
Moriarty is a beloved author and listeners deserve a top performer. Ms. Wilds' narrative voice doesn't fit the wit and energy and these books. She's better with the dialogue for sure, but I'm not sure I'll buy the next Moriarty book if she's doing the reading.
I haven't finished the book yet, but I like the author, so I'm gritting my teeth and listening.I had to say something about the narrator because I'm driving my husband crazy imitating her.
Oh my God - had I listened to a sample I would have got the kindle edition instead.The narrator's voice is horrible. Every descriptive sentence is spoken with the same intonations in exactly the same spots. The narrator for What Aliice Forgot was so much BETTER.
Like I said, great story - almost ruined by the narration.
I'm not crazy about the narrator. She's done another of Liane's books and I find her voice not very stimulating. Her voice changes at times to a really low tone and its distracting. I know voice actors have to stop and start, but she makes it obvious.
The story was OK. Three sisters, not very likeable in my opinion. Not to spoil anything but this is the second book in a row of hers that refers to domestic violence.
Either way, I'm a fan of hers and this was the last one on my list. Maybe I'll go back and re-read some others, but this one - I wouldn't read twice.
Liane Moriarty has a style that she has fine tuned to perfection. Australian character studies with wit and humor involving modern sincere people. Her characters are quirky, sharp and clever. Their problems are often a bit outlandish mixed in with those that are similar enough to our own so that we can relate.
Fresh off her most recent novel, that I loved, I decided to purchase this re-release of her 2004 first novel. A tale of adult triplets that are closely bonded though each possessing a unique personality.
The problem I had with this novel is that though this is a story with three heroines, none is particularity redeeming or likable. I found one to be flighty, one to be boring and the other to be sourly mean. Without the amount of humor and sharp wit that I have grown to love in Moriarty's more recent work, I soon lost interest. Towards the middle I was plodding through to the end rather than enjoying the trip along the way. Though this book has good elements, in comparison to her later work, it's dull and lacking. It left me wondering why this needed re-released.
pop culture fan
Liane Moriarty's books are great fun when there's a good narrator - lively, humorous, and fun escapism. This narrator drones on and on and the fun is gone. This story was hard to follow compared to other Moriarty stories (I think the narrator was to blame), and I didn't find the characters to be particularly likable either.
I confess I have not finished listening to this book, but I am not sure I can. The narrator's cadence is horrendous and irritating to hear. It's like she doesn't connect to the story but adds the same emphasis to most sentences. Wondering if I can return an audiobook...It's a shame because I find Liane Moriarty's books to be a light diversion and pick-me-up.
I'm a big fan of Liane Moriarty however the narration of this story was hard to listen too. Fake Australian accents are hard to listen to at the best of times.
Australian story needs needs the real deal. While the ocker accent is what we're known for abroad not all of us sound as if we've just got off the bus from the outback.
Please have Caroline Lee narrate this.
Provided she promises not to fake another Australian accent.
SET REVIEWS TO BE SORTED BY 'MOST RECENT' INSTEAD OF 'MOST HELPFUL'!
The device Moriarty uses wherein she initially has strangers or minor characters who witnessed a particular event give commentary about it without revealing exactly who did what to whom....and then you don't discover the particulars until the end of the book!
The opening scene and the closing scene...although the scene in which one sister's husband's mistress shows up at the house unexpectedly during a family gathering was unforgettable!
Yes--she also narrated at least one other Liane Moriarty novel--and this performance was equally good
Yes--had to purchase the e-book to keep reading at bedtime!
I thought I would find the triplets device too contrived, which is why I held off so long on reading this book. But I was completely engaged from the first few minutes! While perhaps not Liane Moriarty's finest work, fans of Big Little Lies, The Husband's Secret, and The Hypnotist's Love Story will still find a lot to love here. Probably a shade darker than those works, this book has the most in common with her mesmerizing The Last Anniversary.
Read this before Liane's other novels. I enjoyed it, but it was a let down following " My Husbands Secret". I'm glad I bought it, but I won't re-read it.
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As a big fan of Liane Moriarty I was so disappointed in this book. It was clearly one of her earlier works and it does not come close to her standards. Steer clear away from this one. After one hour of trying to follow the story I had to stop listening. I think this is one of the few times I will ask to return this book
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