This checked all the boxes!
1. A compelling courtroom drama with plenty of suspense that created a page-turning (or listening in my case) effect.
2. Authentic characters that came alive and I grew to care about them and their well-being.
3. Both a who-dunnit and a chance to play defense lawyer as the trial progressed and lots questioning the characters actions.
4. Mulit-layered plot that weaved all the story lines together flawlessly.
5. Some scientific therapy that uses hyperbaric oxygen to treat several health issues that sounds very futuristic (Although it is a REAL treatment). This gave the story a unique feel.
I loved it! Unique and memorable in so many ways.
I did not have a physical copy and listened via Audible.
A literary courtroom drama about a Korean immigrant family and a young, single mother accused of murdering her eight-year-old autistic son
My husband asked me to lie. Not a big lie. He probably didn’t even consider it a lie, and neither did I, at first . . .
In the small town of Miracle Creek, 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.
Angie Kim’s Miracle Creek is a thoroughly contemporary take on the courtroom drama, drawing on the author’s own life as a Korean immigrant, former trial lawyer, and mother of a real-life “submarine” patient. An addictive debut novel for fans of Liane Moriarty and Celeste Ng, Miracle Creek is both a twisty page-turner and a deeply moving story about the way inconsequential lies and secrets can add up—with tragic consequences.