Book Review: Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

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** I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. **

Being a law graduate, court room drama is always welcomed automatically in my comfort reading zone.So requesting for Miracle Creek by reading its synopsis is not a surprising fact for me.


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.


It’s twisty page turner and hold the power of grabbing the readers to its last page. That’s all I can say about this book confidently. I think this is one of the best ARC copies I have got my hands on. Miracle Creek is actually a court room drama where a woman is accused of murdering her autistic son using a Korean couple’s business tool but there are so many persons involved with the incidents and so many questions arise with their involvement. The author very carefully unfolds the wrappings of the day and

Before this book I have never heard of the HBOT but it seems very interesting to me. It’s an oxygen based therapy which cured autism and infertility. The device which gives the treatment looks like a submarine shell and the plot of the book turns around whens a devastated fire broke out from a cigarette to this tank which resulted two deaths and other severe injuries. Here comes Elizabeth who has an autistic son named Henry. Henry died in that fire and everybody accused Elizabeth to plot the fire to get rid of her son. Slowly in flashbacks from the court room and others, many events and secrets unfold behind that tragic incident.

I love how the author wrote the story that we , the readers are unable to guess who actually did that. The character of Elizabeth is so honest like at some point she actually seems to have so many reasons to plan murdering her own son and then you realize how the motherhood works. The clashes of mentality of a mother and a human is beautifully portrayed and one cannot deny the process of thoughts of Elizabeth. It was so honest. In my opinion Elizabeth is one of the best written characters.

The characters are the candies of the book. Angie Kim pretty sweetly showed the immigrant family – Pak, Young and Mary’s struggle to adopt the new life in a new country. Mary’s struggle in a new environment I think somewhere shows Kim’s own life.

The cover is mesmerizing. I have requested the book for its cover. After finishing it I get to realize that the cover holds a deeper scene from the book. It’s like someone who is lying down beside the submarine rescued from the fire and spreading his sight at the upper sky hiding behind trees where fires from the submarine are peeking from the right side.

Other main characters like Matt, Janine, Rose, Teresa TJ everybody seems to be played in a very well play. I like how every single character is got to be introduced with importance. Even lawyers like Abe and Sujanne. The new insight we get to see is the autism community. The struggle of the mothers of the autistic children and their clashes among themselves holds a new hierarchy depends on the behaviour ability of the autistic children is showed in a great way.  I really like Kim, one of the autistic child’s mother and her highlights about how the society views the autism and to cope up with that how the parents get isolated in the whole process. Kim & Elizabeth are the perfect example as devoted mothers in this regard.

The dramas in the courtroom and beyond it is really tense and tight. The bond shows in the family and between every characters are also very perfect to show the complex human behavior.

“But that was the way life worked. Every human being was the result of a million different factors mixing together – one of a million sperm arriving at the egg at exactly a certain time; even a millisecond off, and another entirely different person would result. Good things and bad – every friendship and romance formed, every accident, every illness – resulted from the conspiracy of hundreds of little things, in and of themselves inconsequential.”

The narrative is capable to hold the readers’ attention and fit to be announced as a worth read of suspense/ court room Drama. It opens so many doors for thoughts where you disagree with so many behavior and acts of human and suddenly agree with some major facts. It’s a book which I think will let you believe in fate where an event or small act of yours can change the course of your life. It will teach us to grab the moment because there is no surety of showing love tomorrow or the very next second.

Recommended highly for those who wants to be kept at the edge of their seats.

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