Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim


Wow! I loved this book! I had already given this a big 5 stars in my mind before sitting down to write this review, then I stumbled across an article written by the author that made me love this book even more. It actually took the book to the next level for me. Once I read that the author had based much of this material on personal experience, my heart hurt. My heart hurt for every parent that has to go through this. I will include the article at the end of my review if you are interested.

If you had a child that had a special need, whatever the degree wouldn't you as a parent do whatever it took to help them function to their fullest capacity? I sure would and I would bet that almost everyone else out there would also. That is why it is so easy to empathize with the families of Miracle Creek that have taken to an experimental treatment with HBOT (hyperbaric oxygen therapy). Each child in the treatment program has a different physical or mental disability with varying degrees that they are affected by them. The ultimate goal for each family is to improve the quality of life for their loved ones.

When tragedy strikes and the HBOT explodes this book really takes off into a suspense filled page turner. All the characters were so well developed by this point that I felt I knew each one. One by one facts were revealed that made them a suspect in my mind. Was the explosion an accident or murder? Did a parent do the unthinkable? Or was it one of the various protesters that had flocked to Miracle Creek to demand the program be shut down?

I could not flip through these pages fast enough. This story just kept building up momentum as I got deeper and deeper into it. An absolute fantastic debut novel with such a thought provoking premise. I am a nurse and I have heard of these treatments but had not put much thought into it. Upon reading up on it I am absolutely intrigued and blown away with the information out there. The author's personal experience is nothing short of amazing. I highly suggest getting your hands on this book.

Link to vogue article from January 2018 where the author Angie Kim talks about her personal experience. Fascinating article, I wished I had read this before I read the book! It ties in so well.

https://www.vogue.com/article/angie-kim-hbot-treatment

6 comments:

  1. Lovely review, Kim! I reviewed this today and feel just as excited about this one. Thanks for sharing that article too! Off to read it!

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    1. Thank you Jennifer! I just read review! Fantastic as always. Yes this was quite a special book. I really feel that the article adds to the story. I felt like I was reading the story yet again with the article. I love how she took her personal experience and wrote the story around it.

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  2. This sounds brilliant - great review and thanks for bringing it to my attention

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    1. Thank you! It was soooo good. I hope you get a chance to read it!

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  3. Great review, Kim! So glad you enjoyed it! Now I have to add it!

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    1. Brenda, you really need to add this. This would make for a great group read! I would chime in for sure. I am a cheerleader for this book I love it so much.

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