Miracle Creek by Angie Kim kept me puzzled for hours. This courtroom drama has so many layers and twists in the plot, that the final answer to the whodunnit question is different from what you thought just before turning to the next page. The narrative from different characters and viewpoints, very relatable thoughts and conversations are woven into parent-child relationships. Life insurance payment, a controversial Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), entrepreneurship, and roots in South Korea. Secrets get exposed, judge, prosecutor, defense, and jury get informed, while the main part of the book is not about the activities in the courtroom, but focuses on peeling off the layers that made up fabricated stories, alibis, and distractions.
In rural Virginia, child abuse, determining whether the device known as the Miracle Submarine: a pressurized oxygen chamber for this HBOT, used to treat autism and infertility, are big issues. Don’t expect miracles to happen, but be prepared for a well-written crime fiction work.
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.