Exceptional courtroom drama...
A terrible accident has occurred and two people are dead. Young Henry, and another woman were burned to death when an experimental medical device exploded. On trial for their deaths is none other than Henry’s mother Elizabeth. Is she guilty? Henry was autistic, but did Elizabeth really want to be free of her responsibilities this badly? Or did something else happen that night?
Pak and Young Yoo are first generation Americans who came from Korea in hopes of a better life for their daughter, Mary. HBOT, or the Miracle Submarine, was supposed to be their vehicle to success...and then the explosion happens and their hopes and dreams come crashing down around them. As details in the courtroom testimonies emerge, we learn more about each person who was there that day, and what part they played in the events that occurred. We quickly learn that everyone has secrets...but who is holding on to the biggest secret of them all?
PROS: Oh my, this is one amazing book...not just a courtroom drama, it explores the lives of many characters facing challenges - medical, cultural, societal...and it’s fair to say that Elizabeth completely broke my heart...
CONS: Miracle Creek is beautifully written and amazingly well organized, but it does take a bit more effort to read than most of the books I choose...if you stick with it, you’ll see that it was worth it!
YES or NO: Of course it’s an absolute YES - Miracle Creek serves as a reminder to slow down and take the time to appreciate those around you...because what is life without your loved ones? Unbearable...
Recommended if you like court room drama or crime fiction. The author does a good job of creating a web of possibilities to keep you wondering how it will all turn out. Well crafted and a bit of a slow burn.
I cannot wait for others to read this book. There is so much to discuss - living with a disability, parenting a child with a disability, immigration, consent, experimental therapy - but despite all the important issues in this story, the issues never take precedence over the characters. This is primarily a book about people and how they interact and relate - both to themselves and to others - and it's going to be an explosive title in April.
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