I’ve been seeing so many rave reviews for Angie Kim’s debut novel MIRACLE CREEK that I just had to see for myself what the buzz was all about!
The story begins with a deadly explosion at a hyperbaric oxygen therapy (aka HBOT) chamber. HBOT is a very real treatment that involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized room, though MIRACLE CREEK focuses on the controversial use of HBOT to treat autism. It quickly becomes apparent that the explosion that killed two people was intentional and what unfolds is a courtroom drama in which you don’t know who to trust, who is hiding secrets, and you question everyone’s true motives.
MIRACLE CREEK is a wild ride and a perfect mystery, forcing you to constantly question every character and event you read. But the book is so much more than just a courtroom drama, it is multidimensional and complex story about very real issues. I loved the way Kim depicts parenting, especially parenting autistic children, in such a raw and direct manner. I also enjoyed the inclusion of immigrant characters and how their experiences and desires affect their motives throughout the story. It’s not surprising to learn that Kim emigrated from Korea at a young age, formerly worked as a trial lawyer, and used HBOT treatment for her young child. Kim’s first hand experiences with so many elements of the story lent authenticity and depth, creating a very powerful, moving, and successful debut novel.
Believe the hype about MIRACLE CREEK!! It’s spectacular and I highly recommend it! It’s fast paced, surprising, and very thought provoking. I can’t wait to read whatever Angie Kim writes next!!
** Sarah Crichton Books and Farrar, Straus and Giroux provided the copy for honest review
- Title: Miracle Creek
- Author: Angie Kim
- Published: April 16, 2019 (Sarah Crichton Books)
- Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
- Booky Nooky Rating: * * * * 1/2