The September book club pick was one I had trouble getting my hands on and needed to make a quick turnaround on it. I eventually got an audio copy as well as a hard copy and worked my way through this one using a mix of both – I would not advise this approach.
by Angie Kim
Mystery, Fiction, Contemporary, Thriller
Synopsis According to Mandi:
Without spoilers, Miracle Creek is about a group of people who find themselves tangled up in what appears to be a murder mystery. United by their common usage of the Miracle Submarine, a hyperbaric chamber of a treatment facility, this particular treatment group is forever tied when tragedy ensues. An explosion happens mid-treatment, killing two people and injuring others. The fire appears to have been intentional, but who could have done it? Who had the motive? Who had the supplies and knowledge to make it happen? It’s a story that keeps both the reader and the characters guessing as more and more information is revealed.
“That was the thing about lies: they demanded commitment. Once you lied, you had to stick to your story.”– Angie Kim, Miracle Creek
Awards (based upon my brief research):
My Overall Rating:
3 – I will admit, this particular genre does not typically appeal to me. I went in assuming I would not love it. I read it quickly due to my book club meeting date, which helped me like it better, but my 3 is a reflection of what I think I would have given it if I’d taken a full week to read it like usual. Still, I do think it can hold its own. The story was unique. The characters were diverse. The writing was mostly great.
However, there were aspects of the plot that seemed too easy for the reader to figure out. As soon as a major element of a typical mystery was revealed, I had the conclusion nailed down to three possibilities, yet the author continue to spell out five or more possibilities at times, which seemed to be a waste of pages to me.
All-in-all, if this is your genre, you probably can’t go wrong with reading this.