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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Apr 06, 2020

A legal drama, which is rare for me! But this book made me want to get more into the genre, because it was very compelling. It had been on my list for awhile, but I bumped it up thanks to The Stacks podcast. If you read the book I highly recommend listening to the episode about it because I guarantee you’ll want to talk about it with someone and/or hear other people talk about it because there’s a lot to discuss. The story is centered around a trial set to prosecute a woman for the explosion of a unique medical center, an explosion that killed two (including her son) and injured several others. Kim explores race, disability, parenthood, and grief in very interesting ways and effectively keeps you guessing throughout. I did feel a little disappointed by the ending, but I appreciated the way she handled a large cast of characters, which is something that can easily annoy me if not done well. Also her imagery was really good!

Jan 12, 2020

An explosion at a facility for special needs kids turns out wasn’t an accident. Sounds interesting.

Dec 30, 2019

I don’t understand the criticisms of the plot being obvious or poor character development...I thought this was a brilliant book! A thriller but heart-rending at the same time, touching on topics you don’t usually have in courtroom dramas such as what immigrants experience and parents’ devotion to disabled children. An amazing read!

Dec 03, 2019

In this first novel, author Angie Kim takes a could-be-tired genre - the courtroom drama - and adds layers and goes in unexpected directions. There is a fire at an alternative healthcare facility catering to disabled children and a mother and a child are killed. Kim tells her story through alternating viewpoints and her ability to create and manage her large cast of characters is extraordinary. Her themes of family, immigration, disability/caregiving are seamlessly woven into an engrossing narrative. By the end, I was bruised by this heart-wrenching book.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Dec 02, 2019

This mystery/court room drama unwinds slowly but is really well structured. A unique look at how when everyone is telling little lies for their own selfish reasons, the truth gets incredibly muddled.

Sep 27, 2019

I waited a few days before commenting about this debut novel. For a first novel of courtoom murder intrigue, this one is very good. While I was a little disappointed in the ending, it was well worth the read. I find myself wondering if this author has another novel to write. The amalgamation of her real life as a lawyer and a Korean made this novel even better than the normal courtroom thriller or murder mystery. I hope that she has more in her because I did like this first novel.

Sep 22, 2019

It was a quick read - a good mystery/courtroom drama. A "whodunit" that keeps you guessing to the end. I enjoyed the added texture of Korean immigrants carving out a new life in America - a topic with which the author is obviously intimately familiar.

Sep 19, 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.

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.

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