Sunday, August 18, 2019

Review: Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

Title: Miracle Creek
Author: Angie Kim
Year Published: 2019


Genre: Adult fiction (mystery)
Pages: 351
Rating: 4 out of 5

Location (my 2019 Google Reading map)USA (VA)

FTC Disclosure: I bought this book with my own money

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): In rural Miracle Creek, Virginia, Young and Pak Yoo run an experimental medical treatment device called the Miracle Submarine. A pressurized oxygen chamber that patients enter for therapeutic "dives," it's also a repository for 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 unimaginable secrets and lies.

Review: I like a good courtroom drama and this one fit the bill. It's got multiple families, all of whom have secrets to keep and lies to tell, children, a fire, a sexual assault, immigrants, and rural America. Doesn't that sound good?

It's such an odd concept: put people (kids) into a submarine and expose them to pure oxygen and hope that it cures autism, cerebral palsy, and other issues. But maybe it's only odd because I don't need it's service and have never heard of it. In fact, this book mentions many "cures" that I had never heard of, many of them frightening. It turns out the author has experienced the "submarine" so knows of what she writes. That's why it feels so real.

The story is a good one and I didn't figure out the details until they were revealed as I read; always a good sign in a mystery.


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