Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books
Publication Date: 4/16/2019
Pages: 368 (eBook)
In the small town of Miracle Creek, 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.
Three words – secrets and lies!
Pak Yoo runs the Miracle Submarine – it is pure oxygen and deep pressure. It is hyperbaric therapy (HBOT) that patients hope will provide healing for their ailments such as autism and infertility. All was going well until the day the Miracle Submarine blew up and killed two of its patients. Now Elizabeth Ward finds herself on trial for their murder.
Oh my, this was some story! It seemed that just about everyone has something to hide. Elizabeth is on trial for murder, but the murderer really could be a number of different characters. I could make a case for a few of the characters as to why they were the murderer, but I really wasn’t sure who to point the finger at. It kept me guessing and changing my mind throughout until I neared the end of the story and the clouds parted and the murderer’s identity was revealed.
This story was more than just a mystery/courtroom drama. It shed light on some of the day-to-day concerns parents of autistic children go thought. It also touched upon immigration, as well as a bit of Korean culture woven into the story.
The character development was fantastic! Everyone has a backstory and that was no small feat because there were quite a few characters.
If you like a mystery that will keep you guessing throughout, this is the book for you!
*Thank you Sarah Crichton Books for the opportunity to read and review this book via NetGalley for my honest opinion.
*Miracle Creek is available for purchase at these fine retailers.
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