Miracle Creek by Angie Kim, Review
“In the video, Heights said, "Did your mom tell you to say that?”
Henry said, "My mommy loves me, but I'm annoying, and I make everything hard. My mommy's life would be better without me. My mommy and daddy would still be married and take vacations around the world. I should have never been born.”
Oh God. Had he really thought that? Had she really made him think that? She's had moments of dark thoughts (didn't every mother?), but she'd always immediately regretted them."
DROP WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND GO BUY THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW. RIGHT. NOW. I sat down Sunday afternoon with this phenomenal story and did not move from my spot until I had turned the last page. I. WAS. RIVETED. The main plot line reads like you are in the middle of a Law and Order episode, but it's the skill with which Kim meticulously weaves the sub-plots of immigration, parenting special needs children, and family secrets together that will leave your jaw on the floor.
The story begins and ends with narration from Young Yoo, the trusting wife of Pak and mother to young Mary. To experience everything through Young's eyes was profound, particularly the final two chapters. There were several moments throughout the story that I thought I would break over Kitt and Teresa and their children. And Henry. Oh my mama heart, Henry. I may have shouted out loud in triumph when Young finally demanded certain things from Pak and her daughter and I found myself on a roller coaster ride of emotions regarding Elizabeth. (Seriously, I need to talk to someone about Elizabeth).
And guess what y'all? THIS IS ANGIE'S DEBUT. Which clearly has to be a mistake because she is obviously a writing rock star. You want this book. You need this book. My only advice is to be sure you have a significant block of time carved out because once you start it, you will not be able to put it down. This was easily a 5 star read for me and it also earns a spot on my top reads of 2019.