by Angie Kim
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Pub Date 01 Feb 2024 | Archive Date 01 Feb 2024
We didn’t call the police right away. Later, I would blame myself, wonder if things might have turned out differently if I hadn’t shrugged it off, insisting Dad wasn’t missing missing but just delayed, probably still in the woods looking for Eugene.
Mia Parkson’s life is turned upside down when her stay-at-home dad, the family’s anchor, goes missing. The only witness? Eugene – her younger, nonverbal teenage brother.
As the Police struggle for leads, and her mother and twin brother struggle to keep things together at home, Mia gains access to key clues about her father’s disappearance. Headstrong, hyper analytical, and with secrets of her own, she decides to try and solve the case. But could Mia's impulsive actions be putting her whole family in danger?
A powerful and captivating missing-person story from award-winning author Angie Kim, Happiness Falls is about family, the pursuit of happiness and how far we go to protect the ones we love.
'A brilliant, satisfying, compassionate mystery. I loved this book.' GABRIELLE ZEVIN
'I can’t remember a book with more layers . . . I was riveted through the last page.' JODI PICOULT
‘Gorgeous . . . a layered and innovative exploration of family, love, happiness, and race.’ JEAN KWOK
'Happiness Falls imparts the gift of a great novel – a new way of seeing and experiencing the world. Stunning!' JO BROWNING WROE
'I fell in love with the fascinating, brilliant family at the center of this riveting book.' ANN NAPOLITANO
'I began reading Happiness Falls expecting a murder mystery. What I got was the most moving and humbling portrait of humanity I’ve read in quite some time.' MARY BETH KEANE
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I absolutely LOVED this book and I am so happy this is my last read of the year. What a way to finish 365 days of amazing literature. I was completely gripped from the first line and couldn't stop reading until the very end. Elements of mystery / thriller atmosphere but also a lot on languages, immigration, communication, identity, selfhood, sense of belonging, family. I learnt so much and yet reading Happiness Falls was the purest experience of escapism. Can't wait to have it on our shelves at the bookshop to put it in everyone's hands.
One of my favourite books of the year. Happiness Falls explores so many themes, including the psychology of happiness and whether happiness is something you can quantify, There are also footnotes, which I could see some people finding frustrating but I found the extra detail fascinating.
Angie Kim's writing comes across as really thoughtful and sensitive and she is now an auto-buy author for me.
I honestly don’t think I’ve ever read a book and just thought, Wow. The stand out for me is the writing, which is great. The story is a rollercoaster, ups and downs with enough twists and turns to keep the pacing tight. This tale of a family unravelling, coupled with all the meticulous research into the medical conditions used in the story, was just breathtaking. These felt like fully formed real characters. The ending is just perfect and I can’t wait to read from this author again.