Miracle Creek by Angie Kim Book Review

“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 …”

Young and Pak Yoo run an experimental medical treatment device – a pressurized oxygen chamber that patients enter for therapeutic “dives” to cure things like autism or infertility. They call it the Miracle Submarine. However, when it explodes, killing two people and seriously injury others, they are thrust into a murder trial.

Elizabeth, a mother of one of the patients, is the police’s prime suspect. She had claimed to be sick the day of the explosion and skipped out on the dive, but in reality was smoking by the creek. The defense, however, turns to Young and Pak themselves. After all, they are the beneficiaries of the insurance money, and in turn, could provide a better future for their daughter. Through this trial, the layers of secrets and tense rivalries become exposed, leaving their small community changed forever.

A unique début pulling from Angie Kim’s own experiences as a former lawyer, Korean immigrant, and a mother of a real-life “submarine” patient, Miracle Creek becomes more than just a courtroom drama. This story will constantly tug at your heart-strings.

It was well researched, believable, and complex. I wasn’t surprised by the ending but I didn’t necessarily guess it. Honestly, it was a good book, but I don’t have much to discuss on it. I wasn’t deeply touched by the words but the characters felt like real people. She really delved into each one. I guess overall though, the story wasn’t life changing in any way (although it does add appreciation for the struggles immigrants face).

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