• Rachel Penate


Updated: Apr 10, 2020


★★★★ / 5 ⁣⁣ (Standard)

★★★★ / 5 ⁣⁣ (Mama Scale)


How did the HBOT barn burn down? Who is responsible for the death of two innocent people? This is one slow-burn courtroom drama that will keep you on the edge of your seat.


Part courtroom drama, part family drama, part just straight up DRAMA, this book was a fun ride.

Set in Miracle Creek — a small town full of big secrets — this thriller was a bit sluggish but worthwhile burn. It had all the depth of a literary fiction but maintained equally the thrill of an enthralling mystery.

WHAT I LOVED: Angie Kim captured SO much so well: The intricacies of the multi-layered aspects of court, the struggle of being an immigrant, the pain and misunderstanding of raising a child with special needs, the complexity of relationships, the unfortunate circumstances that can occur when just the right sequence of events commence. I really appreciated the detail and depth Kim weaved into this whole entire story. It wasn't just about the "who done it!?" thrill of court case, but rather a deeper human analysis. Within MIRACLE CREEK we see how our own imperfect idiosyncrasies can 1) lead to our own demise if left unchecked and 2) really need to be unraveled in order to see the full picture of any story.

WHAT I DIDN'T LOVE: Matt and Mary's relationship... uuuuhhhhggg. Honestly, I felt as though that whole subplot was unnecessary. I get it — Matt played into Mary's experience and the ending in an uncompromising way, but each scene and interaction they had within the book was just too much for me.

Overall, a bit slow in the middle but worth the finish.


Yes. For sure, if you're in need of a good Literary Fiction married to a solid courtroom drama.


Language, violence, death, crime, & some explicit sexual content.

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