This book sucked me in right away, from the first page I needed to know what happened to this poor family during this terrible tragedy. I didn't like Simon very much but loved the rest of the characters (except, obviously, Father Peter), even including Henry, the man who hit the poor girl.
I almost literally couldn't put this book down, I read it within 24 hours I think. I tend to shy away from books about miracles, but first off I didn't know that was what the book was about (the blurb on the back wasn't a very good synopsis), but secondly it was so well written that I wanted to know what was going on.
I figured out early on who "Tim" was supposed to be, but "Father Peter" eluded me until the very end. That whole concept was amazing, I loved it.
Basically...you have to read this book. It's awesome!