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Miracle Creek

A Novel
By: Angie Kim
Narrated by: Jennifer Lim
Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (97 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This program includes a bonus interview with the author and original music composed and performed by Steve Draughn.  

A thrilling debut about how far we’ll go to protect our families - and our deepest secrets. 

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 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.  

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. Both a compelling pause-resister and an excavation of identity and the desire for connection, Miracle Creek is a brilliant, empathetic debut from an exciting new voice. 

©2019 Angie Kim (P)2019 Macmillan Audio, Music 2019 Steve Draughn

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Mixed bag

I was excited about beginning this book based on the hype. There are definitely some things to like about it, including the striking descriptions of the difficulties faced by immigrants and parents of handicapped kids. But there are also some things that made it something less than the "thrilling debut" promised by the publishers. The storyline seemed to proceed at a slow pace and struck me as being a little contrived. Except for Elizabeth's lawyer, I found all of the characters unlikeable. Perhaps the narration by Jennifer Lim contributed to my feelings of annoyance with each of them.. Overall, I'd rate the book slightly above average.

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Best Book of the Year (so far)

Where do I begin?

I loved everything about this book, and after reading up on the author and hearing her process, I love it even more.

The book centers around many characters, but the main unit is a recently immigrated Korean family living in Virginia. The family runs a HBOT (Hyperbaric oxygen therapy) facility- which is used as medical treatment for various things (e.g. burns, celiacs, autism, etc). When a fire mysteriously breaks out at the facility, leaving two dead, the trial begins and the mystery is unraveled.

Each chapter is written from a different person's point of view, building upon each other until the end of the book when all is revealed. I especially enjoyed the court room scenes, as the author is a former litigator, she does a fantastic job of making the scenes realistic.

I would highly recommend if you enjoy mysteries, court room drama, or stories centered around family units.

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  • gogacks
  • Mooresville, NC USA
  • 05-09-19

Fell Short

I think the real premise of this book was allowing people to understand the thoughts and feelings of parents of special needs kids and immigrants. Since that wouldn't make an interesting book to read, they threw in a fire, death and a whodunit story that just didn't cut it

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Highly recommend

Loved the entire novel. Multi-layered plot, authentic characters, courtroom drama and atmosphere. I also enjoyed the narration

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Packs a punch

Wow, there is SO much going on in this story, and the author is successful in keeping it all tied together. The issues and subplots include 1) the experience of being a Korean immigrant 2) the challenges of parenting a special needs child 3) courtroom drama and the manipulation of evidence by attorneys 4) the philosophical question of "what if...." This is such a layered narrative. My only reservation was the author's use of over-long dialogue sequences where the characters disclose/explain/reveal their thoughts and actions; it seemed unrealistic. Apart from that, it's an excellent book with good narration.

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A novel/ mystery and deep dive into special needs

I was really impressed by the skill with which the author wove courtroom drama, immigrant issues, and the detail level of caring for special needs children. Gripping story line. Excellent reader who did not go over the top trying for accents. Just simple reading. Wish there were more readers who were happy to narrate, read, and share the story without trying for theatrical dramatic effects.

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  • cristina
  • Somerville, MA, United States
  • 05-06-19

Excellent

The character development. The plot. The twists. The pain. An excellent book. I can’t believe this is her debut novel.

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Best I’ve listened to in a long time.

I listen to about four audiobooks a month and lately have been disappointed in most of them. This hooked me in from the beginning. It got a little tedious nearing the end, and I could walk away while it was still playing and not have really missed anything. Not having any children, I have no idea what life would be like taking care of one , let alone a handicapped child and this was a good insight into that sad, difficult world. It also touches a bit on the immigrant experience, but not so much that it’s the main focus. The narrator could sound like she had allergies or a nasal cold some of the time, but it didn’t take away from the story. I highly recommend it.

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