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Miracle Creek

Miracle Creek

‘That wonderful, brilliant sort of book you want to shove at people as soon as you’ve finished so they can experience it for themselves’ Erin Morgenstern


A thrilling debut novel for fans of Liane Moriarty and Celeste Ng about how far we’ll go to protect our families – and our deepest secrets.

‘A tense, addictive and brilliantly written story of small-town secrets’ Stylist

‘[A] thought-provoking journey of ideas . . . Miracle Creek is a brave novel that challenges assumptions of reality’ The New York Times Book Review

In rural Virginia, Young and Pak Yoo run an experimental medical treatment device known as the Miracle Submarine – a pressurised oxygen chamber that patients enter for “dives”, used as an alternative therapy for conditions including autism and 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? 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.

Praise for Miracle Creek

Pacey and thought-provokingSunday Express

‘With twists and turns at every chapter, this will leave you gripped – especially with its didn’t-see-that-coming ending’ Heat

‘Turns a courtroom murder trial into a page-turning exploration of parenting, experimental therapies, and the emotional toil of immigration’ Elle

‘A powerful and intriguing courtroom dramaIrish Times

‘One of the best mysteries I’ve read in a really, really long time.’ Téa Obreht

Deeply moving . . . a stunning debut about parents, children and the unwavering hope of a better life, even when all hope seems lost.’ The Washington Post

‘[A] mesmerizing debut . . . [Angie Kim] shows an enormous amount of empathy for her characters, infusing them with such intense humanity that I sat weeping for them in an airplane middle seat, between two strangers, for several minutes after I finished the book’ Los Angeles Times

‘Gripping . . . Although the plot of Miracle Creek is propelled by a murder trial . . . Kim makes a case for compassion that surpasses the suspense of her page-turner.’ Annabel Gutterman, Time Magazine

Take the taut pace of a police procedural drama and infuse it with the deftly wrought relationships of a Celeste Ng novel, and you’ll get Miracle Creek . . . A page-turner backed up by big ideas about family and what we’d do for them.’ Refinery29
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 16th April 2019

Price: £6.99

ISBN-13: 9781529335408


With so many complications and loose ends, one of the miracles of the novel is that the author ties it all together and arrives at a deeply satisfying?though not easy or sentimental?ending. Intricate plotting and courtroom theatrics, combined with moving insight into parenting special needs children and the psychology of immigrants, make this book both a learning experience and a page-turner. Should be huge.
I know this story but have never seen it in a novel - the struggles of the Korean immigrant entrepreneur in America, with a technology that seems like magic, who can go from hero to villain in an instant, now at the center of what is possibly a murder - a bright seam of crisis, mystery, and love emerges in these pages. Kim has written a bold debut novel about science and immigration and the hopes and fears each engenders?unforgettable and true.
Alexander Chee
Miracle Creek is a marvel, a taut courtroom thriller that ultimately tells the most human story imaginable, a story of good intentions and reckless passions. Compelling, generous, at once empathetic and unsparing. I am wrecked, I am heartened and hopeful, which means, in short, that Miracle Creek is pretty much the perfect novel for these chaotic times in which we live.
Laura Lippman
Miracle Creek grabbed me hard right from the start. This is a terrific courtroom thriller, a sly whodunit that's beautifully written and also full of heart
Scott Turow
Miracle Creek is an engrossing puzzle-box of a book: a twisty courtroom drama that also manages to be emotionally astute, culturally perceptive, and deeply empathetic. Angie Kim tackles hot-button subjects with a delicate touch, proving herself a master of both portraiture and storytelling. I loved this novel.
Janelle Brown
A stand-out, twisty debut...Kim, a former lawyer, clearly knows her stuff...a masterfully plotted novel about the joys and pains of motherhood, the trick mirror nature of truth, and the unforgiving nature of justice.
Publishers Weekly
Stunning . . . an utterly engrossing mail-biter of a courtroom drama
Nylon Magazine
Engrossing . . . Miracle Creek turns a courtroom murder trial into a page-turning exploration of parenting, experimental therapies, and the emotional toil of immigration
Great for book club... In Miracle Creek, Angie Kim (a former trial lawyer) delivers a propulsive courtroom drama
Real Simple
Like a Law & Order episode tossed into an immigrant's bildungsroman, Miracle Creek has the heart of a Celeste Ng novel and the pacing of a thriller
I picked up MIRACLE CREEK and literally couldn't put it down. It's that wonderful, brilliant sort of book you want to shove at other people as soon as you've finished so they can experience it for themselves.
Erin Morgenstern
Combining the tense atmosphere of a courtroom drama with a moving study of the sacrifices that parents are prepared to make for their children, Angie Kim's debut is pacey and thought-provoking.
Sunday Express, S Magazine
Miracle Creek is a tense, addictive and brilliantly written story of small-town secrets
With twists and turns at every chapter, this will leave you gripped - especially with its didn't-see-that-coming ending
A powerful and intriguing courtroom drama, which will resonate with readers who enjoyed Little Fires Everywhere
Irish Times
Stellar . . . Full of texture and humanity, with a gripping mystery at its centre, Miracle Creek is an excellent debut. Angie Kim is one to watch
The story of the disaster twists and turns from the beginning... The whole makes for gripping reading, with characters whose concerns are brought vividly to life
Crime Review
A story that's both murder mystery and reflection on otherness