I’m not sure what took me so long to discover Liane Moriarty, but I’m glad I did. This was a really entertaining book and so easy to read. Before I go into my thoughts on this book, here’s the Good Reads blurb:
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 the fast lane. Meanwhile, their divorced parents have been behaving very oddly indeed.
In this family comedy by Liane Moriarty, we follow the three Kettle sisters through their tumultuous thirty-third 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 trio.
Actually, these triplets are about to turn thirty-four, not thirty-three. The book begins with the sisters at a restaurant having a great time celebrating their thirty-fourth birthday when in the blink of an eye things go downhill fast. An argument erupts and one of the sisters ends up with a fork stuck in her pregnant belly.
That scene is what made me turn the page to find out more.
From there, the story backtracks. It follows each sister over the course of a year and reveals the events that lead up to the explosive birthday celebration. Each sister has their own personal issues to deal with ranging from infidelity, miscarriage, the ups and downs of motherhood, panic attacks, career, and surprise pregnancy, as well as their crazy parents.
The Kettle triplets have their own distinct personalities. Cat is sarcastic and puts on a tough demeanor. Lyn is organized and in control. Gemma comes across as a ditz who is just floating through life. I have to say, Gemma was definitely my favorite sister. Like most siblings, they don’t always get along with one another, and there is a level of dysfunction within this family which adds to the humor of the book. As the story unfolds, each sister goes through their own personal crisis, forcing you to turn the page to see what happens next. These characters are easy to relate to and their every day struggles are realistic.
One thing I enjoyed throughout the book was the short vignettes before each chapter. These stories are told by complete strangers who are recollecting a time in their past when they’ve come across the triplets. Each story gives a little bit of insight into the sisters and their family. I thought this was a clever way of sharing a bit of back story about the Kettle family.
I gave this book four stars because I really enjoyed it, and I will definitely be reading more of Liane Moriarty’s books in the future.
Have you read this book? If so, what did you think?