Miracle Creek

A Novel
By: Angie Kim
Narrated by: Jennifer Lim
Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
4 out of 5 stars (680 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, 2019

Library Journal Best Books of the Year, 2019

Amazon.com Best Books of the Year, 2019

Hudson Booksellers Best of the Year, 2019

Anthony Awards - Nominee, 2020

Thriller Awards - Nominee, 2020

Edgar Allan Poe Award Winner, 2020

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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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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Best book since sliced bread

I have never reviewed an audiobook before. But I have to write this.

I read a lot of legal fiction. I'm a lawyer and, before tgat, I directed plays for ten years. And I was a successful dramaturge as well.

For context, I love Scott Turrow, and I flipped over the moon when Michael Connelly started writing lawyer books. I dutifully read every new novel by John Grisham and John Lescroat. But this book is in a different class.

It trancends the form. It's not a mere "legal thriller." It's a fantastic novel, comprised of excellence in all three of the essential elements of fiction, character, language, and narrative force. It brings together major strands (law, the author's Korean heritage, an experimental therapy, and tge experience of parenting a child with disabilities), any one of which could have provided a novel's primary theme, into a single, memoable pastiche.

I wouldn't compare it to other legal novels. Maybe tge most enjoyable read I've had since Skippy Dies, or Life of Pi.

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Loud breathing narrator

I am struggling to finish this book. the story is interesting enough.
The problem is that the narrator , whose voice is ok breathes-inhales so loudly every few sentences. And it is really distracting/annoying. I am surprised it was not re-recorded before release.

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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 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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Got sucked into the hype

3.5 stars is all. So many 5 star ratings got me so excited to read this with my buddy Mary but the story, and at times, the ridiculous petty drama, did not thrill me, plus I knew who did it about 3/4 of the way through. Heavy sigh. The writing was good but the pace was just so so for me. I know I am in the minority here, but was hoping for so much more.

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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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More Depth than a Typical Mystery Novel

The story begins with a deadly explosion at a hyperbaric oxygen therapy (aka HBOT) chamber. HBOT is a real medical treatment of breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized room, though MIRACLE CREEK focuses on the controversial use of HBOT to treat autism. It quickly becomes apparent that the explosion that killed two people was intentional and what unfolds is a courtroom drama in which you don’t know who to trust and you question everyone’s true motives!

MIRACLE CREEK is a wild ride and a perfect mystery, forcing you to constantly examine every character and event you read. But the book is so much more than just a courtroom drama, it is multidimensional and complex story about very real issues. I loved the way Kim depicts parenting autistic children in such a raw and direct manner. I also enjoyed the inclusion of immigrant characters and how their experiences and desires affect their motives throughout the story. It’s not surprising to learn that Kim emigrated from Korea at a young age, formerly worked as a trial lawyer, and used HBOT treatment for her young child. Kim’s first hand experiences with so many elements of the story lent authenticity and depth, creating a very powerful, moving, and successful debut novel.

Believe the hype about MIRACLE CREEK! It’s spectacular and I highly recommend it! It’s fast paced, surprising, and very thought provoking. I can’t wait to read whatever Angie Kim writes next!!

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A Profound, Riveting Debut

If you're looking for a novel with a palpable mystery and a totally original storyline, you've found it. Told from the aspects of seven very human, very flawed characters, you'll find your allegiance vacillating as you try to figure out not only WHO did it, but WHY they did it.

Kim offers up multiple timely topics including Autism, infertility, and immigration among others (I don't want to give anything away) with a deft, empathetic hand. A fantastic multi-faceted character study on what it means to be willing to try anything to "fix" diagnoses and how a person can become embroiled in lies big and small. Different versions of parenthood and marriage examined beneath the uncomfortable scrutiny of a very revealing magnifying glass.

There are parts if this book SO well written, it's tough to read them. The writing is succinct, spot-on ~ Angie Kim is a wordsmith, evoking lines so beautiful, so true, so painfully raw.

I could not stop listening to this novel, couldn't wait to hear each next chapter. I promise, when you finish, you'll need to discuss many aspects of this provocative story.

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Well researched book.

This book has parallel elements of morality,culture, and science. Slow in places but good.

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