Miracle Creek

Miracle Creek Review

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.

Title:Miracle Creek
Edition Language:English

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    Miracle Creek Reviews

  • Emily May

    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 alon...

  • Chaima ? ?????

    Where this book lands, it will doubtless leave a bruise. After I finished, I sat there a long time, like a bolt-struck tree seared to its roots. My thoughts would not settle on the well-worn words. I ...

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    "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 ill...

  • Meredith

    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 deat...

  • Felicia

    ______________________This book. OMG THIS BOOK.•FUCK THIS BOOK.•FUCK THIS FUCKING BOOK. •FUCK THIS BUTTERFLY EFFECT OF A BOOK. •FUCK THIS BOOK for keeping me awake for 3 nights in a row. •FU...

  • Liz

    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 sup...

  • j e w e l s

    FIVE MIC-DROP, WALK-AWAY STARSAngie 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 co...

  • 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 M...

  • Paromjit

    Angie Kim's literary courtroom drama is a phenomenal debut about the demands and challenges of being a parent of a child on the autistic spectrum or is disabled, about marriage, about being Korean and...

  • Katie B

    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....