Miracle Creek – Book Review
Author: Angie Kim
Genre: contemporary, mystery, court drama
My rating: ★★★★☆
Release Date: Published 25th July, 2019 by Hodder & Stoughton
Format: Paperback, 368 pages
What did I think?
This was a beautifully written story with a plot so complex that I was truly in awe of Kim’s skills. She dealt skilfully with the characters who were all very imperfect people. For me, though, the story was sad and depressing. It didn’t give me much to enjoy – and I need to have something like that in a book. It can be about murder and mayhem but if it’s got a setting, I like or one person who I get behind…
The story was to a great degree both a court drama and a whodunit (Kim kept me guessing until the end). A health facility gets set on fire. People die. Was it one of the parents trying to get rid of their disabled son? A picketer who didn’t agree with that type of treatment being provided there? The owner to try to get the insurance money? But Kim deals with deep issues in this book: Disability, parenting, autism, autism treatments, immigration, race, relationships, consent. OMG.
I admit I considered DNF-ing early on BUT I’m so glad I didn’t because though this book wasn’t for me (it’s not you, Miracle Creek, it’s me) it really is so intricate, so clever. I will look forward to trying more work by Kim. After Miracle Creek’s success, I’m sure she MUST be working on another. Despite my personal feelings, I also felt like I couldn’t, in good conscience, give less than four stars. And I admit I was pleased to see Miracle Creek many times on the Goodreads Staffers’ Top Three Books of the Year lists.
So, I guess I’m confused about this book. Give it a go, and let me know what you think.