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Liane Moriarty is an Australian author of seven international best-selling novels, namely Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist’s Love Story, The Husband’s Secret, Big Little Lies and Truly Madly Guilty.

Born in Sydney, Liane worked in the advertising and marketing department of a legal publishing company before she went on to manage her own company—which didn’t do as well as she hoped.

She later became a freelance advertising copywriter before enrolling for a Master's degree at Macquarie University where she wrote her first novel, Three Wishes, as part of the degree.

Liane’s books have been translated into thirty-nine languages, selling over 14 million copies of her books worldwide.

She currently lives in Sydney with her husband and their two children.

More about Liane Moriarty

Born: 1966

Australia

Website: https://lianemoriarty.com.au/

Non Series
  • Three Wishes (2003)
  • The Last Anniversary (2006)
  • What Alice Forgot (2009)
  • The Hypnotist's Love Story (2011)
  • The Husband's Secret (2013)
  • Big Little Lies (2014)
  • Truly Madly Guilty (2016)
  • Nine Perfect Strangers (2018)
The Space Brigade (Nicola Berry) Series
  1. The Petrifying Problem with Princess Petronella (2007)
  2. The Shocking Trouble on the Planet of Shobble (2009)
  3. The Wicked War on the Planet of Whimsy (2009)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

Three Wishes

Being triplests, Lyn, Cat, and Gemma Kettle are always the centre of attention no matter where they go.

Attractive thirty-three-year-olds, their life is full of laughter, drama and chaos; with each of them having to deal with their fare share of challenges.

Lyn‘s life revolves around one lengthy checklist, whereas Cat has just discovered a shocking secret about her marriage. Gemma on the other hand bolts whenever a relationship hits the six-month mark—all in the hope of finding love that will last.

This witty novel follows the comical life of the Kettle sisters in a tale of sibling rivalry, infidelity, dark secrets and unthinkable decisions.

Author: Liane Moriarty
First Release: 2003
ISBN: 978-0060586133
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
The Last Anniversary

Thomas Gordon seemed to be the perfect boyfriend for Sophie Honeywell, until she broke his heart on the day he was going to propose.

Twelve months later, Thomas is now married to his travel agent whereas Sophie has remained frighteningly single ever since.

The two however cross paths once again when Sophie fortuitously inherits aunt Connie’s house on Scribbly Gum Island—a place infamously known for the Munro Baby mystery that remains unsolved.

Grace, a stunning youthful mother, desperately plots an unexpected escape from her perfect life, while Margie, an old-fashioned housewife, makes a pact with a stranger. Aunt Rose on the other hand deeply contemplates about starting to make her own decisions.

When Sophie’s new life on the island however starts becoming more complicated, she learns that sometimes, it’s better to create your own happily ever after.

Author: Liane Moriarty
First Release: 2006
ISBN: 978-0330442787
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
What Alice Forgot

Alice Love has every reason to be happy. She is twenty-nine years old and is madly in love with her husband with whom she is pregnant with her first child.

So can you just imagine how mortified she must have been when she woke up in the hospital only to discover that she is actually 39 years old, with three kids and is getting divorced?

Having been picked off the floor of a gym and rushed to hospital, Alice desperately tries to remember the forgotten events of the last decade of her life.

One of the many questions she has to answer is why her sister seldom talks to her, and how exactly she became a very skinny mom with incredibly expensive clothes.

Will What Alice Forgot be a blessing or a curse?

Author: Liane Moriarty
First Release: 2009
ISBN: 978-0451490445
Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition
The Hypnotist's Love Story

A professional hypnotherapist, Ellen O’Farrell works from the beachfront home she inherited from her grandparents.

Everything about her life is pleasant, save for her relationship history. So when she meets the single, handsome, self-sustained Patrick who most importantly likes her back, she is hopeful that this relationship will last.

Ellen however becomes intrigued when she learns that Patrick’s ex-girlfriend has been stalking him. Rather than being worried, she is actually interested by the fact that she is dating someone worth the trouble of stalking.

Curious over the woman’s motives, she can't wait to meet her.

What Ellen however doesn’t know is that she already has.

Author: Liane Moriarty
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-0451492340
Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition
The Husband's Secret

“My Darling Cecilia, if you’re reading this, then I’ve died…”

What if your husband was to write you a letter only meant to be read after his death?

What if the letter contained his deepest and darkest secret that could not only ruin the life you built together, but also destroy the lives of others too?

What if you came across that letter while your husband is still very much alive?

This is the story of Cecilia Fitzpatrick; an accomplished business woman, a dedicated wife and mother, and a pillar of her small community.

The discovery of the letter will change everything not just for Cecilia, but for Rachel and Tess: women who don’t know each other, but will feel the consequences of her husband’s secret.

Author: Liane Moriarty
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-0451490049
Publisher: Berkley
Big Little Lies

A stunning and simple beachside primary school, Pirriwee Public is a place where children are taught the importance of just how ‘sharing is caring.’

So how exactly did the annual School Trivia Night escalate into a full-blown riot with sirens wailing and people screaming—events that left the principal utterly humiliated.

Even worse is that one parent is dead.

Could it have been a murder, an unfortunate accident or a tale of good parents gone bad?

Soon enough, the parents at Pirriwee Public will find out that sometimes, it’s the little lies that can prove to be the most lethal.

This is a tale of ex-husbands, second wives, mothers, daughters and a school-yard incident.

Author: Liane Moriarty
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-0425274866
Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition
Truly Madly Guilty

“What if they just said no? What if they hadn’t gone? “

There are questions that Clementine Hart just can’t stop asking herself.

It was meant to be just another Sunday afternoon barbeque at the backyard.

Although they weren’t well acquainted with their hosts, they were mutual friends. They had the chance to say no, but Clementine and her husband accepted the invitation.

It’s been two months now and it won’t stop raining. They have no way of reversing what they did and didn’t do on that beautiful winter’s day.

Six responsible adults. Three adorable kids. One loud dog.

What could possibly go wrong on that quiet Sunday afternoon in the suburbs?

Author: Liane Moriarty
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-1250069801
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Nine Perfect Strangers

"Could ten days at a health resort really change you forever? Well, a group of nine perfect strangers are about to find out…"

Nine people meet at an isolated health resort.

Some have come to the resort to cut down a bit of weight, some have come to revitalize their lives, whereas others are there for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves.

Despite all the affluence and indulgence, the mindfulness and meditation, the strangers know that the next ten days might entail doing some real work.

Not one of them could however have imagined just how challenging the next ten days will turn out.

Author: Liane Moriarty
First Release: 2018
Ebook: B07GDB6BKP
Publisher: Flatiron Books

The Space Brigade (Nicola Berry) Series

The Petrifying Problem with Princess Petronella

Princess Petronella finds herself in charge after the King and Queen of the planet Globagaskar go for a vacation. Bored stiff, Petronella decides to turn Earth—the preferred holiday destination of the Globagaskarian—into a rubbish dump.

Determined to Save the Little Earthlings Committee, Georgio Gorgioskio is sent on a mission to find the Earthling Ambassador—the only person in the galaxy capable of changing Princess Petronella’s mind.

It is while at Honeyville Primary School that he meets Nicola Berry, an ordinary girl about to begin a mission that is far from ordinary.

Will Nicola and the Space Brigade change Princess Petronella’s mind just in time to save planet Earth?

This book is also known as Nicola Berry: Earthling Ambassador.

Author: Liane Moriarty
First Release: 2007
ISBN: 978-1405243315
Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd
The Shocking Trouble on the Planet of Shobble

The Commander-in-Chief of the Planet of Shobble sends Nicola Berry a distress signal through a fascinating letter. He seeks the help Nicola and her friends, popularly known across the galaxy as the ‘Space Brigade’, promising them a ‘generous payment’ should they avert the ‘grave danger’.

The Space Brigade accept the mission, only to be shocked by the sight of slaves being forced to mine for mashmallow and drill for chocolate on the planet.

Topaz, a teenage girl, is encouraging the workers to revolt, but the Commander wants Nicola and her friends to help quench the flames of the uprising.

The Space Brigade soon find themselves crossing infested rivers, snowy swamplands and frozen seas in a mission that will forever change the history of Shobble.

This book is also known as Nicola Berry: The Shobble Secret.

Author: Liane Moriarty
First Release: 2009
ISBN: 978-1524788094
Publisher: Penguin Workshop
The Wicked War on the Planet of Whimsy

In the dead of night, Nicola Berry receives a desperate phone call from Shimlara—a friend of hers from the Planet of Globagaskar. She reveals the dreadful news of the kidnapping of her family.

Her mother, father and little brother Squid are forcefully held on the beautiful planet of Whimsy by scaly invaders from nearby Volcomania.

Masquerading as an Earthling news crew, the Space Brigade goes for a bold mission that will test the very limit of their bravery and creativity.

Will they successfully rescue Shimlara’s family before this wicked war is won?

This book is also known as Nicola Berry: The Whimsy War

Author: Liane Moriarty
First Release: 2009
ISBN: 978-1524788100
Publisher: Penguin Workshop