Miracle Creek

Miracle Creek is a tragic courtroom drama full of deeply flawed characters who all have something to hide.

Synopsis:

The Yoo family, recent immigrants from Korea, have just opened an HBOT medical facility in rural Miracle Creek, Virginia. An experimental treatment device that resembles a submarine, HBOT offers the hope of a cure for some symptoms of autism, infertility, and other medical ailments. When a mysterious fire causes an oxygen explosion during a session and kills two of the people inside, everyone is left grieving and wondering who is responsible.

A murder trial slowly uncovers layers of deceit and irregularities, raising questions about each person’s innocence. What secrets should be kept to protect the ones we most love?

Review:

Angie Kim’s debut novel is definitely a heavy hitter. Her writing is powerful and descriptive, her characters imperfect and relatable. In Miracle Creek, she weaves a depressing tale of deceit, love, impatience, duty, honor, and loss. As a parent, you question the decisions the characters make for their children and think “I would NEVER do that!” But a chapter later, and with a little more back story about why an event occurred you think, “Ah. Yes, that could easily be me.” It creates an almost reluctant and uncomfortable feeling of empathy, but it truly opens your eyes to how quickly we all make judgments. And how very wrong they can be.

Every character in Miracle Creek is hiding something and is deeply flawed, but everyone truly seems to be doing the best they believe they could, in that moment, for their own personal reasons. With each change in perspective, it’s easy to understand and almost agree with each person’s morals and choices.

Maybe it was a lucky guess, but I knew who was guilty from early on. Perhaps that kept me from feeling so enthralled by the actual mystery of who set the deadly fire. Instead, I often felt impatient to just get to the end already and wrap it up. Ironically, that slowed down my reading, as I felt a little reluctant to trudge through so many more pages of lies and deceit to arrive at an ending I was already anticipating. It left me feeling raw and flayed open – reminiscent of Gone Girl or Gone, Baby, Gone (I see the irony in choosing those two titles).

Despite that, the overall book was so powerful and tragic. And I never shy away from books with difficult emotions and impossible choices. Angie Kim does a wonderful job infusing just the smallest amount of hope into such an anguishing drama, and I’ll look forward to reading more from her.

Good things and bad — every friendship and romance formed, every accident, every illness — resulted from the conspiracy of hundreds of little things, in and of themselves inconsequential.

— Angie Kim

Miracle Creek
by Angie Kim
Hardcover, 355 pages
Published April 16th 2019 by Sarah Crichton Books

Summary

So powerful and tragic! A book with difficult emotions and impossible choices. Angie Kim does a wonderful job infusing just the smallest amount of hope into such an anguishing courtroom drama full of deeply flawed characters who all have something to hide.

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  • Bet

    July 24, 2019 at 10:57 am
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    Beautifully written review. I will keep an eye on this author!

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