A literary courtroom thrilled about an immigrant family and a young single mother accused of killing her autistic son, Miracle Creek is a powerhouse debut about how far we’ll go to protect our families, and our deepest secrets.
In rural 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,” it’s also a repository of hopes and dreams: the dream of a mom that her child can be like other kids; the dream of a young doctor desperate to cure his infertility and save his marriage; the dream of the Yoos themselves, Korean immigrants who have come to the United States so their teenage daughter can have a better life.
When the oxygen chamber mysteriously explodes, killing two people, all these dreams shatter with it, and the ensuing murder trial uncovers imaginable secrets and lies. In Miracle Creek, Angie Kim takes a classic form—courtroom drama—and draws on her own experience as an immigrant, a lawyer, and the mother of a real-life “submarine” patient to turn it into something wholly original, unputdownable . . . real. This is a spellbinding novel by an exciting new voice.
So this isn’t the review I expected to write with this book honestly. I started out with mixed feelings and it just surprisingly continued downhill from there.
I do want to say I appreciate the raw honesty in some of the characters flaws, but at the same time, some of the things they said about autism and disabilities were just….wow. So trigger warnings for that along with death, a child’s death(very descriptive), suicide, sexual assault, PTSD.
There several scenes that felt like they repeated over just from different points of view which I felt was really unnecessary (I honestly just hate this in books, so it’s a preference thing). This book could have been shortened tremendously.
I loved the courtroom drama and finding out what happened, it just felt drug out towards the end and I had to push myself to finish when honestly I should have just dnf’d.
Overall if you can handle the triggers I mention above and you get into mystery courtroom drama type books then this is probably right up your alley. Sadly this just wasn’t what I expected when I picked it up.