Miracle Creek

Miracle Creek

Book - 2019 | First edition
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"In rural Virginia, Young and Pak Yoo run an experimental medical treatment device known as the Miracle Submarine―a pressurized oxygen chamber that patients enter for therapeutic “dives” with the hopes of curing issues like autism or infertility. But when the Miracle Submarine mysteriously explodes, killing two people, a dramatic murder trial upends the Yoos’ small community. Who or what caused the explosion? Was it the mother of one of the patients, who claimed to be sick that day but was smoking down by the creek? Or was it Young and Pak themselves, hoping to cash in on a big insurance payment and send their daughter to college? The ensuing trial uncovers unimaginable secrets from that night―trysts in the woods, mysterious notes, child-abuse charges―as well as tense rivalries and alliances among a group of people driven to extraordinary degrees of desperation and sacrifice"--Amazon.com.
Publisher: New York : Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780374156022 hardcover
0374156026 hardcover
Branch Call Number: FIC KIM
Characteristics: 355 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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JCLCherylMY Jul 13, 2019

A terrific debut. A murder trial, a cast of compelling characters, and an uncertainty around the events. It reminded me of Jodi Picoult. I especially loved how the author told the story through different viewpoints. This novel would make a great book group selection.

Jul 09, 2019

Improbable plot that works itself out in a courtroom, ala Perry Mason. Maybe I read too many police procedurals, but I had a really hard time believing that all the lies and twists wouldn't have come out in an investigation. While there is some great writing, the plot's final solution is very contrived. The book also treads on a line of "able-ism" that's pretty subtle but overall sets up the idea that only normal kids are ever wanted.

Jul 03, 2019

Mediocre writing. Poor editing, Byzantine, implausible plot, Poor character development. Ambiguous narration perspective.

ArapahoeAlyson May 30, 2019

Conflicts involving immigration, family relationships, a murder trial, the treatment of children with disability and more are set off by fire in the first chapter.

May 21, 2019

Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Exceptional courtroom drama...

A terrible accident has occurred and two people are dead. Young Henry, and another woman were burned to death when an experimental medical device exploded. On trial for their deaths is none other than Henry’s mother Elizabeth. Is she guilty? Henry was autistic, but did Elizabeth really want to be free of her responsibilities this badly? Or did something else happen that night?

Pak and Young Yoo are first generation Americans who came from Korea in hopes of a better life for their daughter, Mary. HBOT, or the Miracle Submarine, was supposed to be their vehicle to success...and then the explosion happens and their hopes and dreams come crashing down around them. As details in the courtroom testimonies emerge, we learn more about each person who was there that day, and what part they played in the events that occurred. We quickly learn that everyone has secrets...but who is holding on to the biggest secret of them all?

PROS: Oh my, this is one amazing book...not just a courtroom drama, it explores the lives of many characters facing challenges - medical, cultural, societal...and it’s fair to say that Elizabeth completely broke my heart...

CONS: Miracle Creek is beautifully written and amazingly well organized, but it does take a bit more effort to read than most of the books I choose...if you stick with it, you’ll see that it was worth it!

YES or NO: Of course it’s an absolute YES - Miracle Creek serves as a reminder to slow down and take the time to appreciate those around you...because what is life without your loved ones? Unbearable...

5 Stars

Apr 24, 2019

Recommended if you like court room drama or crime fiction. The author does a good job of creating a web of possibilities to keep you wondering how it will all turn out. Well crafted and a bit of a slow burn.

sclibrary_megan Feb 26, 2019

I cannot wait for others to read this book. There is so much to discuss - living with a disability, parenting a child with a disability, immigration, consent, experimental therapy - but despite all the important issues in this story, the issues never take precedence over the characters. This is primarily a book about people and how they interact and relate - both to themselves and to others - and it's going to be an explosive title in April.


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