“That was the thing about lies: they demanded commitment.”
The “gripping… page-turner” (Time) hitting all the best of summer reading lists, Miracle Creek is perfect for book clubs and fans of Liane Moriarty and Celeste Ng.
How far will you go to protect your family? Will you keep their secrets? Ignore their lies?
In a small town in Virginia, a group of people know each other because they’re part of a special treatment center, a hyperbaric chamber that may cure a range of conditions from infertility to autism. But then the chamber explodes, two people die, and it’s clear the explosion wasn’t an accident.
A powerful showdown unfolds as the story moves across characters who are all maybe keeping secrets, hiding betrayals. Chapter by chapter, we shift alliances and gather evidence: Was it the careless mother of a patient? Was it the owners, hoping to cash in on a big insurance payment and send their daughter to college? Could it have been a protester, trying to prove the treatment isn’t safe? (Goodreads)
Where should I begin? How can I even start talking about this perfect, PERFECT NOVEL. Miracle Creek is an intricate and soulful tale that will challenge the way we see humanity: its relationships, its sense of justice, and the consequences of our actions no matter how big or small.
“That was both the best and worst part, that all that happened was the unintended consequence of a good person’s mistakes.”
First impressions: the book has given me strong Celest Ng + Jhumpa Lahiri + John Grisham vibes from the beginning. But the author Angie Kim’s writing skills is also a brand all her own. The author understands and succesfully portrays the intricacies of human emotions and motivations. She knows how to spin a good mystery and drama with not a single word wasted. Only a highly skilled author can make something as complex and nuanced like this novel.
“…equilateral triangles with truly equal sides existed only in theory, not in real life.”
On the surface we have an immigrant story, a courtroom drama, a story about special needs children, interracial relationships, alternative medical treatments and a whodunnit. We meet a bunch of flawed characters that may not be all that lovable, but certainly understandable and relatable in their humanity. Indeed this novel shows humanity in its best and worst forms. The story also explored the complexities of the justice system and the concept of guilt vs. innocence. It teaches us that redemption always lies in the truth.
“Having a special-needs child didn’t just change you; it transmuted you, transported you to a parallel world with an altered gravitational axis.”
One of the reasons why I read is so that I can live various lives and learn from it, and I learned so much from Miracle Creek—how to love, to be happy, to be contented, to appreciate all the little things— the normalcy and the mundanity of our daily lives. Through this story, the author made me see my “hardships” as a “normal” mom seem so trivial and at the same time so special in its normality. She reminded me how really blessed I am, and how grateful I should be everyday.
“…as bad as it could get, normalcy was a beautiful thing to those who lost it.”
In the end, this book made me cry. It has honestly been too long since I experienced this kind of intense emotion. I thought everything was so hopeless at the ending, but the author surprised me again. I am left with the comforting thought that there’s always a bright light at the end of even the darkest of tunnels.
This is the kind of book I would push everyone to read. Thank you, Angie Kim. You are a MIRACLE.
Big thanks to NetGalley and the publishers Sarah Crichton Books / Farrar, Straus & Giroux for providing a copy of this wonderful book in exchange for an honest review.
Overall Rating: 5/5
About the Author
Angie Kim is the debut author of the national bestseller Miracle Creek, a literary courtroom drama that has been named a LibraryReads Selection, an IndieNext pick, an Amazon Best Book of the Month, a Book of the Month Club selection, and Apple Books’ Top 2019 Debuts, as well as named a best book by Time, People, Entertainment Weekly, Elle, and Real Simple. Her writing has appeared in Vogue, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Glamour, Salon, and Slate. She moved from Seoul, Korea, to Baltimore as a preteen, and attended Stanford University and Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review, then practiced as a trial lawyer at Williams & Connolly. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and three sons.
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Miracle Creek by Angie Kim
Hardcover, 357 pages
Published April 16th 2019 by Sarah Crichton Books
ISBN 0374156026 (ISBN13: 9780374156022)
Genres: Mystery | Thriller | Fiction | Contemporary
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