WOW! It’s been a really long time since I read a book so full of twists and turns! I couldn’t put it down and read it all in just two days. Honestly? I wish I hadn’t finished it so I could still be immersed in this world. Miracle Creek has everything I look for in a novel: it’s unpredictable, it’s exciting, it makes you cheer for different people at different times, and it’s set in a courtroom!
Title: Miracle Creek
Author: Angie Kim
Genre: adult mystery
Published on April 16th 2019 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Page count: 368 pages
🌼 synopsis 🌼
Elizabeth is on trial for the suspected murder of her son Henry and her friend Kitt. A year ago, in Miracle Creek, Virginia, a terrible explosion of a “miracle submarine” (a pressurized oxygen chamber for ‘therapeutic’ uses) claimed their lives and left others injured.
This fatal incident turns the once-quiet Miracle Creek into a town of buzz, lies, and allegiances. Who caused the explosion? Who supplied the murder weapons? What was their motive? Could a mother really do that to her son?
🌹 the setting is amazing
My FAVORITE thing about this novel was its incredible courtroom setting. The whole book follows Elizabeth’s trial, so it would only make sense for most scenes to be set inside the courtroom. And I couldn’t have been happier about this. I’m the kind of person who devours ALL courtroom dramas that play on TV (think Law & Order and all the spinoffs, How to Get Away With Murder, etc). So it was a no-brainer that I would be obsessed with the setting.
🌹 twists and turns and twists and turns
Because Miracle Creek follows the trial, it’s a given that the scenes are very, very witty and full of twists. Ya know — lawyer stuff. It is SO COOL reading all the arguments from both the prosecution and the defence. I swear, these lawyers come up with crazy lines of questioning that make you really doubt everyone and everything!
Along those lines… this book will keep you on the edge of your seat! Because new evidence is always popping up left and right, there’s really nothing you can do but go along with the flow. You may start off the novel thinking that suspect A caused the blast and end up thinking they’re actually a saint. There is no being bored here!!!
🌹 fast-paced plot
The pacing also helps a lot. It is fast-paced and the writing really helps you to read huge chunks of the novel at a time. Angie Kim has an eye for knowing when to reveal things and when to keep you guessing. This is the main reason why I was able to sprint-read these 368 pages in just two days while I was hair-deep in midterms!
🌹 different perspectives and suspense
Every single chapter is told from the perspective of a new character. And since no one but the guilty person knows who caused the explosion, they each have their own theories and biases.
This of course adds to the mystery. You can never really think “Ah, that’s who did it!” because not even the narrator knows who was responsible for the “accident.” It really goes to show that there are a thousand and one ways to retell an event and that omitting certain details or giving them special attention can change your whole perception over who is guilty. Talk about an interesting plot!!!!
🌹 likable-then-unlikable-then-likable characters everywhere
As each chapter shows you a different point of view, you can’t really tell which characters are completely likable. In the end, everyone has done awful things in the past and you can’t blame anyone for their actions.
If you like morally gray characters who are super complex, then pick this novel up. It’s packed full of them!
Sooooo… Do I recommend this novel?
Absolutely!!! If you think you fit into one of the following points, then you definitely need to get your hands on Miracle Creek as soon as you can:
🌹 lover of courtroom dramas
🌹 lover of books with some mystery to them
🌹 trash for morally bankrupt/gray characters
🌹 looking for a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat