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Miracle Creek

Miracle Creek

 Carrie: I learned something new in this book: the practice of hyperbaric oxygenation (HBOT). “HBOT involves breathing oxygen in a pressurized chamber in which the atmospheric pressure is raised up to three times higher than normal.” (according to the FDA website). According to this novel, it is used as alternative treatment for brain damage, autism, infertility and other controversial, unproven purposes.  For Elizabeth and her 8-year-old autistic son, Henry, it has been a lifesaver, allowing him to move to mainstream classes. She has been using HBOT at  Miracle Submarine, run by Korean immigrant Pak Yoo and his family. The group that regularly “dives” together includes other moms and kids and also the husband of the investor in Pak’s business. When a tragic fire takes the lives of Henry and another Mom, Elizabeth is the main suspect, but all have motive and something to hide. Not necessarily a mystery, the narrative does try to disprove Elizabeth’s guilt, but also looks at topics like helicopter parenting, healthy (or not) marriage, immigration, and the ways we all judge each other on what little we know of others’ lives.


The "gripping... page-turner" (Time) hitting all the best of summer reading lists, Miracle Creek is perfect for book clubs and fans of Liane Moriarty and Celeste Ng

How far will you go to protect your family? Will you keep their secrets? Ignore their lies?

In a small town in Virginia, a group of people know each other because they're part of a special treatment center, a hyperbaric chamber that may cure a range of conditions from infertility to autism. But then the chamber explodes, two people die, and it's clear the explosion wasn't an accident.

A powerful showdown unfolds as the story moves across characters who are all maybe keeping secrets, hiding betrayals. Chapter by chapter, we shift alliances and gather evidence: Was it the careless mother of a patient? Was it the owners, hoping to cash in on a big insurance payment and send their daughter to college? Could it have been a protester, trying to prove the treatment isn't safe?

"A stunning debut about parents, children and the unwavering hope of a better life, even when all hope seems lost (Washington Post), Miracle Creek uncovers the worst prejudice and best intentions, tense rivalries and the challenges of parenting a child with special needs. It's "a quick-paced murder mystery that plumbs the power and perils of community" (O Magazine) as it carefully pieces together the tense atmosphere of a courtroom drama and the complexities of life as an immigrant family. Drawing on the author's own experiences as a Korean-American, former trial lawyer, and mother of a "miracle submarine" patient, this is a novel steeped in suspense and igniting discussion.

Recommended by Erin Morgenstern, Jean Kwok, Jennifer Weiner, Scott Turow, Laura Lippman, and more--Miracle Creek is a brave, moving debut from an unforgettable new voice.

Publication Date: 
April 1, 2019