eARC Review: Miracle Creek, by Angie Kim

miracle creek angie kimRating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Mystery


This was one of the books published in 2019 that I was looking most forward to reading! It’s a mystery novel with a thriller-like pacing, so gripping I almost fell on my face reading it while going home. I just needed to know what happened next.

In the small town of Miracle Creek, the Yoos run the Miracle Submarine, an alternative medical treatment to promote healing of the body by breathing pure oxygen. When the submarine one day explodes and two people died, secrets threaten to come to surface during the trial. Did Elizabeth plan to murder her own child?

This court mystery is absolutely enthralling. There was a surprising depth of humanity in the book, which talks a lot about immigration and fitting in, about autism, about the difficulties of being a parent to a disabled child and the joys of it, too. Even infertility is discussed honestly. I was absorbed by the story and read this in one day. I loved the multiple POV, which gave each character such depth. A really, really great book that I highly recommend!


9 thoughts on “eARC Review: Miracle Creek, by Angie Kim

  1. I’m glad you loved this one! It didn’t work quite as well for me because I solved the mystery very early on, but I absolutely loved the way Kim characterized everyone and added so many layers to this story. The commentary was just superb. Great review!

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    • Thank you, Emily! I think Miracle Creek is being generally well-received, but I can see how the writing from each character’s POV and then getting some spoilers before the ending really happens could make it boring. It was definitely a bold writing decision, in my opinion. But I haven’t heard much about it on other blogs, which is completely surprising to me – I thought it would be a big thing! Or am I missing out on the posts completely?

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      • I’ve seen a ton of reviews for it on Instagram, but now that you mention it, not in the blogs! How strange, it does seem likely as a commercial favorite.
        I found myself wishing Kim had explored the characters’ motives and the flaws of the judicial system outright, without bothering with the mystery aspect at all, but it does seem to be working for most readers. The commentary is worth it either way, in my opinion. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for any future releases Kim might publish, as this one showed so much promise!


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