A literary courtroom drama about a Korean immigrant family and a young, single mother accused of murdering her eight-year-old autistic son
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 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.
I chose this as my Book Of The Month, because I tend to always go for the Thriller option if there is one. I have to say, this did not disappoint.
I love that the story was told from multiple points of views, all of the main characters got their opportunity to show how they viewed the day in question.
I love that it was following a trial. It’s a very unique way to tell a story, and Kim did a wonderful job with the style, and continuity.
I have to say though, I figured out the ending about 75 pages in, and I was hoping the whole time I was wrong. Not because it wasn’t a great ending, because it was, but because I don’t like to know what’s coming.
I give this book 3.5 stars.