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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
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Hardcover, 357 pages
Published April 16th 2019 by Sarah Crichton Books
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Angie Kim Not sure how fair it is for me to answer because I'm the author, so of course I'm going to say "keep on reading!" (haha). But I've been trying to read…moreNot sure how fair it is for me to answer because I'm the author, so of course I'm going to say "keep on reading!" (haha). But I've been trying to read all the reviews, good or bad, and some of the readers have said that it took them a while to get into it, especially because there are so many characters to get to know, but that the second half and the ending are what made them love it. I hope this is helpful, and I hope that readers will chime in!(less)
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Emily May
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Or perhaps the newspapers were right. Perhaps Elizabeth had been desperate to get rid of her son, and now that he was dead, she finally had a measure of peace. Perhaps she had been a monster all along.

I had to take some time away to really process this book. It wasn't easy. Miracle Creek absolutely ripped my heart out. It's a fantastic, utterly thrilling courtroom drama; it's a mystery, perhaps a murder mystery; and alongside these things, it's also a powerful character study that examines imm
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Full review now posted HERE on my blog!

My taste in books ranges from “everyone needs to read this! 5 stars!” to “if the technology from Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind existed, I would use it to wipe every trace of this book from my consciousness...anyway, 5 stars!”

It's safe to assume that my feelings for this book are a pendulum swinging between the two.
Chelsea Humphrey
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Chelsea by: Emily May
"But that was the way life worked. Every human being was the result of a million different factors mixing together... 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."

Oh boy. Where do I begin? It's quite possible that this book means so much to me because it's my unicorn-the perfect fit for this reader-and that may make my review a bit biased, so please keep that
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Liz
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This fascinating debut novel covers all the bases - family drama, mystery, courtroom drama. A Korean couple opens an alternative health clinic that provides HBOT - hyperbaric oxygenation, which is supposed to help with autism, infertility, CP and other health problems. On a day that protesters have gathered outside the facility, it explodes. The same day one of the mothers chooses not to accompany her autistic son into the chamber. The same day the couple are both away from the controls of the c
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Meredith
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Lies, lies, and more lies lead to tragedy in Miracle Creek.


An experimental form of treatment for autism, cerebral palsy, and infertility leads to a horrific crime that results in the death of a mother and a child. One woman is on trial for murder--one of the victims was her son. She may or may not be guilty of committing this horrific crime.

Miracle Creek presents multiple perspectives from those who were part of the tragedy. All of them have secrets. All of them are lying. Is the
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j e w e l s
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
FIVE MIC-DROP, WALK-AWAY STARS

Angie Kim has done the impossible. In one book, she offers something for EVERYONE. If you love to read literary fiction, mystery, women's issues, immigrant stories, or courtroom dramas--please, do yourself a favor and read MIRACLE CREEK. I will be thinking about this one for a long time.

There are so many themes in this sparkling novel, I don't know where to begin. If you've read Big Little Lies or Everything I Never Told You---then you know what I'm talking about!
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
The hype is real- this book is GOOD! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Miracle Creek takes place in a small Virginia town of the same name. Young and Pak Yoo are the owners of an experimental treatment called the Miracle Submarine, which is a pressurized oxygen chamber. Its dives are believed to be therapeutic for autism among other disabilities or conditions.

The Miracle Submarine mysteriously exploded, and two people are killed. This small town is transformed forever.

At first, it’s unclear who the suspect or suspect
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Katie B
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Super impressed with this debut novel! It's a solid mystery/courtroom drama in which there are so many suspects you really aren't really sure who is guilty or what exactly happened until the very end. The author masterfully weaves some complex issues into the story which just take the book to a higher level than most others in the genre.

The Miracle Submarine is a pressurized oxygen chamber run by Young and Pak Yoo. It's a controversial and experimental treatment for patients hoping to cure such
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Diane S ☔
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lor-2019
How far are you willing to go for your child? That is the heart of the question of this terrific debut novel. It opens with s court case where a mother of a child on the spectrum stands accused of setting a fire that caused a fatal explosion. Her son one of those that died, but another mother was also killed. A hyperbaric chamber, called the submarine, offering parents the hope that the pure oxygen atmosphere will help their mentally challenged children. Also, involved is a man whose wife has co ...more
Larry H
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you've ever watched one of the many iterations of the Law & Order series on television, you know that every episode follows a similar pattern, at least at the start—an incident occurs, every sign points to a particular perpetrator, everyone starts to wonder if they've caught the right person, and as the story veers to its conclusion you're not sure exactly what is going to happen.

This is exactly how I felt reading Angie Kim's debut novel, Miracle Creek , a story that seemed so clear-cu
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Elyse Walters
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Long ... but no spoilers!!!!

Great Balls of FIRE....
...literally and figuratively...
From the first sentence, the reader is hooked.
I am completely jubilant about this book....
with a fascinating medical exploration of Hyerbaric oxygen therapy - a treatment used for decompression sickness of scuba diving hazards - but is also used to treat a variety of medical conditions, such is the case in this story.
Medical evidence is sufficient in treating autism, Bell’s palsy, infertility, and a long list o
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Beata
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When I requested this title, I had no idea what to expect. After eading Miracle Creek I know one thing: I'll follow Angie Kim and reach out for her next book.
Miracle Creek is a courtroom drama and a thiller telling a story of an explosion that kills a child and an adult, and leaves several people injured. The tragic circumstance is that Miracle Submarine provides an unconventional treatment for several chronic diseases, autism among others, and is operated by Korean immigrant family who, having
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marilyn
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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added on 2/22/2019 Below on what should be post 12 is a link to an article the author wrote that details her son's experience with hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Thank you to Teresa for pointing out this article.

Miracle Creek, by Angie Kim, was a book that I didn't want to put down because the author made me care about these people who are nothing like me. It's the story of Korean immigrants, Young and Pak Yoo, who run the Miracle Submarine, a pressurized oxygen chamber that is used by young patien
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 billion heart wrenching, epic, poignant stars!
How far you go to protect your children’s lives?Can you dedicate your whole life for their well being? Is it fair to push them so hard for their treatment?
There are so many questions make you rethink your principles of your life as you read this book.
Elizabeth is accused to kill her own child. Young witnesses her own child slowly vanishes from her arms and turns into a stranger. Teresa does everything for well being of her child but she’s at the
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Monica
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
What an incredible, moving story that I was unable to put down! The characters were the most realistic I've read in years. From the honesty shown by the moms of special needs children, to the teenage girl rebelling against her parents, to the infertility of a young couple...

And I was completely flabbergasted by the ending. Although all the characters had parts to play in the horrible tragedy, the story unfolded in a way I would never have guessed. The "court drama" is only a small piece woven i
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Holly  B
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
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Michelle
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 rounded up!

Miracle Creek checks a lot of boxes for me - family drama, a whodunnit, court room proceedings, great characters and excellent writing. The family featured is a Korean immigrant family who runs an experimental medical business that people seek "treatments" for who have autism, infertility and other life altering "ailments". This course of treatment is highly controversial for some and when a fire is responsible for killing two people during a treatment, a murder investigation begi
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JanB

I loved this book! This is a fascinating murder mystery/courtroom drama/immigrant story that is unlike any other I have read. Along with being a riveting page-turner the author explores tough questions that have no easy answers.

The book opens with an explosion in a hyperbaric chamber, the so-called “Miracle Submarine”, a medical treatment used in the hope of a cure for conditions ranging from autism to infertility. The resulting fire took the life of two people: an 8-year-old boy with autism, a
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Linda
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The silence is deafening. The voiceless never to be heard. Shadows cover the walls in the irregular whirlwinds of good intentions and bad decisions. The over zealous step forward with shaky footing while the irresolute souls cower in the darkness staring at something in the far, far distance.

And all the while a child waits in the sanctuary of their existence. Perfect in their imperfection. Loved with such profound acceptance one day and looked upon with exasperation the next. Parents just seekin
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Kim ~ Traveling Sister
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I loved this book! I had already given this a big 5 stars in my mind before sitting down to write this review, then I stumbled across an article written by the author that made me love this book even more. It actually took the book to the next level for me. Once I read that the author had based much of this material on personal experience, my heart hurt. My heart hurt for every parent that has to go through this. I will include the article at the end of my review if you are interested.

If y
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Fran
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It took five years for Pak Yoo to save enough money for a family visa. He finally could emigrate from Korea to the United States following wife, Young and daughter, Mary who were living with a very demanding host family. Moving to Miracle Creek, Virginia, Pak now owned and operated The Miracle Submarine, a 100% pressurized oxygen chamber designed to heal damaged cells through deep penetration of oxygen during sixty minute "dives". As a controversial, experimental treatment, protesters felt that ...more
Michelle
Apr 11, 2019 marked it as to-read
NetGalley approved! HELL. TO. THE. YES!
Aimee (Book It Forward)
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Miracle Creek is the story of struggle which as we know, comes in many forms. Immigration, integration, fertility challenges, inter-racial marriage, special needs parenting, loss, financial struggles, and marital issues. These issues are all explored and part of the big picture in Miracle Creek. My favorite aspect of this book is the courtroom drama which we see unfold one year after the tragedy at Miracle Submarine. The lawyers are fiery, and the secrets they reveal are explosive. The character ...more
Robin
I don't want to take anything away from Angie Kim, who has written a well-crafted mystery/courtroom/drama here which seems to have pleased many readers.

I have to give it to her, she came up with an original setting, and a damn original 'murder weapon' - an HBOT submarine tube that, due to arson, exploded with several adults and special needs children inside who were undergoing hyperbaric oxygenation, an alternative treatment which claims to help with autism, infertility, CP and other health prob
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Lisa
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
[4+] Miracle Creek is an absorbing literary courtroom thriller whose characters weave a tangled knot of lies and secrets. But more than anything, it is about the pain, sacrifice and guilt of parenthood - particularly motherhood. And love above all - the love that makes any burden bearable.

Kim doesn't shy away from exploring difficult issues here. The mothers of disabled children (mostly with autism) in Miracle Creek devote their lives to improving their child's lives, even though the rewards ar
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Nadia
This is probably one of the best courtroom dramas I've ever read. Having hardly any idea of what the book was about, I found myself totally engrossed after only a few chapters in.  

Elizabeth, a mother of an autistic boy is on trial for setting a fire to a hyperbaric oxygen chamber 'Miracle Submarine', causing the death of two people, including her son, and seriously injuring 4 other patients. The miracle submarine clinic is run by a Korean family who moved to the States for a better life. When t
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Cari
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So. Good. You must all get this book when it comes out. And then discuss it with me.

I was riveted all the way through this tragic and tightly woven courtroom drama. I can't say I've ever seen a book that blends legal intrigue and character development so seamlessly. I am so hoping the author will be up for a Skype with my library's book group - MIRACLE CREEK is sure to be a favorite! I'm rooting for a LibraryReads pick!
Marialyce
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Parenting is hard work and every parent knows that. It's a time of fun, frustration, happiness, anger, love and even twinges of hate. However, as hard as this job is being a parent to a normal child, it is incredibly more difficult, more trying, and more heart breaking being the parent of a handicapped child. In the book, Miracle Creek, Angie Kim tries to point out how very difficult that job is.

As a parent, you would do anything to make life and its many pitfalls easier for your child. You wou
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Clear your calendars, put your phones on airplane mode, and get ready to hear the sounds of your heartstrings being plucked! This stunning debut is a family drama, courtroom thriller, and a mystery, all of which add up to one of the most incredible novels of 2019.

The road to hell is paved with questionable inventions … The Miracle Submarine is an experimental medical treatment device, essentially a pressurized oxygen chamber, run by Korean immigrants Young and Pak Yo
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Bkwmlee
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it

4.5 stars

Wow, what a story! This book surprised me in so many ways, which is something I didn’t expect going into it after reading the summary. On the surface, this looked like a typical mystery / thriller but with a unique premise – a hyperbaric oxygen therapy procedure gone horribly wrong and subsequently a young single mother gets put on trial for murder – yet a few chapters in, it became apparent that there was nothing “typical” about this story. In fact, I had a hard time categorizing this
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