Updated: Jul 12, 2021
Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2
"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 showdown unfolds as the story moves across characters who are all maybe keeping secrets, hiding betrayals. 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 by Angie Kim is a standalone mystery novel with a heavy focus on family and court drama.
In all honesty, before I picked this up I had heard of it, but had no interest in reading it because I didn't think I would like it. Needless to say when I read this for a readathon, I was completely blown out of the water by how good this was.
I was not expecting to enjoy a book that focuses on incredibly flawed characters and on family/court drama. This just wasn't a me kind of book, but the story that Angie Kim presents to you is just enthralling. You want to know who caused the fire and you want to watch all these terrible people unravel as all their misdeeds and secrets are unveiled.
It was definitely a hard read though partly because pretty much none of the characters are good people and partly because this involves the death of a child and child abuse. If you want to read this definitely heed the trigger warnings if you don't like reading about child abuse.
This was just stellar storytelling on the part of the author, as well as really good narrating on the part of the audiobook narrator. Would 100% recommend the audiobook as the way to consume it. I would even re-read this again because it was so well done. Should Kim come out with another book, I will most likely give that a shot as well.
If you like family/court drama with a dash of mystery or are looking to diversify the authors you read from, I would highly recommend this book.