Two dead bodies, one woman up for murder and hidden agendas for everyone else involved. This is the story of Miracle Creek.
Miracle Creek is Angie Kim’s debut novel and for a first timer I must say that Kim knows how to tell a good tale. I was lucky enough to be approved for a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley.
The story is told chapter by chapter through the eyes of each character. It explores the criminal trial that is trying to get to the bottom of why a fire broke out in a privately operated hyperbaric oxygen chamber.
It’s weird that I read this book now since a family member recently underwent treatment in a hyperbaric chamber. I must say I’m glad I didn’t read it before, it would have been unnerving to say the least!
There are multiple layers to this story. You get the sense from the off that everything is not is it is purported to be. You know that people are concealing truths, but why? What is it that they are so scared of revealing? Kim peels the layers back one by one so that gradually we get inside her characters skins. We really begun to understand what motivates them.
By the end I wasn’t entirely surprised with the actual truth, but Kim had skilfully shipped away at the characters eventually leaving their motivations bare. Something about this story reminded me of An Inspector Calls. It was the way the thing all pieced together in the end, I think. There was this feeling of gradually chipping away at the lies until the truth emerged.
The only small caveat I would make to having enjoyed this brilliant story is that I could have done without the epilogue. I didn’t feel it added anything to the whole. Sometimes it is better to leave things to the readers imagination – this is one of those times.
If you like a good psychological thriller then Miracle Creek is a book that you just won’t be able to put down!
Next week I’ll be reviewing Get it Done by Michael Macintosh. Come back on Monday to find out more about this self help book aimed to help you to achieve your goals.