Miracle Creek by Angie Kim
Looking for an edge-of-your seat courtroom thriller? How about a family drama? A think piece on modern motherhood? A coming of age story with a twist? A really good thriller? This book is all of that and more!
The book starts with the trial. A mother stands accused of killing her young autistic son and another mother by sabotaging the pressurized oxygen chamber, affectionately called the Miracle Submarine. Did she do it? Or as the defense suggests did the Yoos, a family of Korean immigrants who run the alternate therapy chamber they claim can help cure autism and infertility during the “dives,” orchestrate the explosion so they could cash in on the insurance money? Or is something or someone else entirely to blame?
There is so much packed into this issue driven book that in the hands of a less talented writer would have seemed overwrought. Here each new issue brought into the narrative (or the court case!) is just another lens to view the events before the explosion. The struggles of motherhood with an autistic or suffering child; life as an immigrant; marriage struggles; consequences of poor choices — these all come to a head when the truth finally comes out.