Title: Miracle Creek
Author: Angie Kim
Genre: General Fiction/ Mystery & Thriller
Goodreads Rating: 3.96
My Rating: 4.5*
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?
Miracle Creek is Angie Kim’s debut novel and I think it is safe to say that she started off with a bang! From the first chapter you are thrown straight into the drama of it all with no clue as to who’s responsible or why anyone would do such a thing.
I love any book that is set in a courtroom, the cross examinations always excite me and as the story unfolds there are plenty of revelations from every character. It seems that no one in this story is innocent.
Of all the characters I had the greatest admiration for Young. At the start she seemed very quiet and submissive and I really enjoyed watching her come out of her shell and finally stand up for herself. It took a lot of bravery to do what she did and I’m sure a lot of people will question whether it was the right thing or not. I personally think it was. I found Matt the most frustrating of them all and perhaps a bit of a cliche. He was one character that I wanted to shake and say for god sake grow some balls will you! Lastly I had a lot of sympathy for Elizabeth. To have gone through what she did must have been horrendous and to live with that blame explains why she ended up doing what she did. Yes she did some very questionable things but she did not deserve what happened to her.
This thought provoking novel covers many issues such as parenting a child with special needs, alternative medicines and family loyalties. It makes you ask yourself what would you do in their shoes? From start to finish I was gripped and couldn’t wait for the final revelation.
Have you read this book? Share your thoughts in the comments. Oh and this means I am down to 10 books left for the year! Not long left so I best get reading.