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Miracle Creek
Miracle Creek: A Novel | Angie Kim
A thrilling debut novel for fans of Liane Moriarty and Celeste Ng about how far well go to protect our familiesand our deepest secrets My husband asked me to lie. Not a big lie. He probably didnt even consider it a lie, and neither did I, at first . . . In rural Virginia, Young and Pak Yoo run an experimental medical treatment device known as the Miracle Submarinea 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 nighttrysts in the woods, mysterious notes, child-abuse chargesas well as tense rivalries and alliances among a group of people driven to extraordinary degrees of desperation and sacrifice. Angie Kims Miracle Creek is a thoroughly contemporary take on the courtroom drama, drawing on the authors own life as a Korean immigrant, former trial lawyer, and mother of a real-life submarine patient. Both a compelling page-turner and an excavation of identity and the desire for connection, Miracle Creek is a brilliant, empathetic debut from an exciting new voice.
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Cinfhen
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The beauty of print / never need to depend on battery life! IRL bookclub book - already heard back from one of the ladies - she hated it!! This is a re-read for me & surprisingly I‘m liking it less. Maybe because I think I remember the who/why/how ???

Cathythoughts Interesting! I remember enjoying it at the time. Not a book I‘d choose to read again though. 3w
Cinfhen Hopefully the other ladies in bookclub won‘t hate it @Cathythoughts 3w
JoyBlue Ooh—I hated it, but mine was definitely the #unpopularopinion. Almost all of my Goodreads friends absolutely loved it. Luckily, there are plenty of awesome books for all of us, and we don't have to like all the same things. 3w
Cinfhen Our bookclub is very opinionated, so no one will be holding back their feelings. It‘s the type of book that every time I put it down I‘m not interested in picking it back up @JoyBlue 3w
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peanutnine
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JenReadsAlot Good book! 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my shelf 📚 9mo
Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this one 9mo
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marleed
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I could feel the author‘s personal experiences in this fictional telling - courtroom knowledge, immigrant story, even the hyperbaric chamber with the how/why of its uses. It made for a compelling story. I assume her autism knowledge came from her personal experiences with those parents over many shared hours in an HBOT. I would, however, TW this because there are statements about autism that may be controversial.

Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻 I enjoyed this book 10mo
marleed @Cathythoughts I was engrossed in this one. I was uncomfortable with some of the comments on autism because I‘m close to someone very involved in this world - and I don‘t think she‘d agree with all that was written. So, I read about the author and her journey with this book and respect how her experiences led to this story. 10mo
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Eggbeater
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Happy geek moment! The author liked my review of her book on Goodreads. 😁 I derive ridiculous happiness from such rare occurances. It always shocks me when authors read these reviews.

Ruthiella How cool! 😃 12mo
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Eggbeater
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Pickpick

This legal thriller hit heavy on many interesting and serious topics: ableism, parenting, child abuse, immigration cultural adaptation, even the use of hyperbaric chambers for alternative therapies. I believed equally that every character and none them could have done it; they were all so incredibly flawed and sympathetic at the same time. The ending was shocking and the process that led to discovery was well formulated.

ChaoticMissAdventures I finished this last month and really enjoyed it too! 13mo
Cathythoughts Such a good book 👍🏻❤️ 13mo
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EatSleepRead
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This book was unexpectedly good. A puzzle and family drama. The setting, a tragedy, including the following court case. There was also some very honest discussion about parenting special-needs children, immigration, and dysfunctional marriages.

Cathythoughts Nice review! I really enjoyed this 13mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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This reminded me how much I enjoy legal thrillers.
The twists and turns and understanding the motivation of characters is such a good ride.
I liked how Kim wove an immigrant, and ableism to create a multifaceted story.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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#scarathlon #guilty @Linsy
Half way into this one and remembering how much I love a good courtroom drama.

ICantImReading This is one of my favorites! 13mo
Cathythoughts This is a good read 👍🏻❤️ 13mo
Linsy Beautiful 💙💙💙 13mo
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jlowery999
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Sort of a whodunit mystery mixed with a character study, I enjoyed my time with Miracle Creek. I read this for a book club and I think there will be a lot to discuss on the the topics of morality and family dynamics.

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jlowery999

"But life doesn't work like that. Tragedies don't inoculate you against further tragedies, and misfortune doesn't get sprinkled out in fair proportions ..."

DrexEdit Wouldn't it be nice if it did work this way... 1y
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rachelk
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I thought this was a well written, well plotted courtroom drama/suspense/mystery. I was really impressed that it‘s a debut novel. I would definitely read the author again. However, it is quite depressing.

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Jolynne
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Exceptional writing.
Very intense.
Flawed characters that kept me guessing, although I figured out who the arsonist was I didn‘t figure out the why.

smalldogs_bigbooks2419 This is one of the first books I put on my Litsy TBR list 🥰 1y
Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this 1y
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AmyK1
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My daughter @wideeyedreader has been telling me to read this for months-glad I finally listened to her! It‘s an excellent mystery/thriller with many twists and turns. There was a lot going on here, with court room scenes, what it means to be the parent of a special needs child and the lengths some go to to help their children, to protecting those we love and what it means to tell the truth.

Cathythoughts Nice review! I agree , it‘s excellent 1y
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AmyK1
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“My husband asked me to lie.”

#firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl

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peanutnine
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In the end, I'm glad I took my time with this one. There was a lot going on with so many characters and different points of view. The story is about the court case of an explosion at an oxygen treatment facility, figuring out who started the fire. I loved how everyone's full story was slowly revealed over time. This book tackled a lot of hard subjects like having a child with a disability and culturally adjusting after moving from Korea.

Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻 Good book ! 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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peanutnine
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I am determined to finish this book this weekend! I am enjoying the story, but sometimes physical books take me so long to get through...
#kindlelover #catsoflitsy

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Eggs Excellent photo❣️🌳🍂 1y
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peanutnine
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

1. Tagged

2. Daisy Jones & the Six - my hold just came in from the library 🤩

3. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe ❤️

Wanna play? @Ast_Arslan @Mavey @Branwen

rachelsbrittain I love Daisy Jones and the Six! I just got her newest book in the mail today 2y
peanutnine @rachelsbrittain nice! This will be the first of hers I've read, but I've heard great things about all of her books 2y
rachelsbrittain @peanutnine I read Daisy Jones first and then Evelyn Hugo and loved them both 2y
mavey Thanks so much for the tag!😊💕 2y
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peanutnine
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Library #bookhaul 📚
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month and I wanted to read at least one book from an AAPI author. The tagged book is described as a murder mystery thriller with vibes similar to Celeste Ng's works so I'm looking forward to reading. Might not finish by the end of the month but that's okay.
I also picked up one of Gretchen Rubin's books that I haven't read yet. I love her podcast and loved her previous books.

LiteraryinLawrence This one was really good! 2y
peanutnine @LiteraryinLititz yay! I can't wait to read it 2y
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EvieBee
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“We‘ve been lying about so many things for a year, deciding for ourselves what‘s just or not, what‘s relevant or not. We‘re all to blame.”
Had I realized that this involved murder and a courtroom,I‘d have read it a long time ago. There was real depth to the characters, and it was an unveiled look at the all-encompassing role of mothers. I‘m going to give these other overhyped books a try this summer. They may just be my cup of tea!
🔥🔥🔥🔥

Cathythoughts I enjoyed this one too. I‘ve made a few false starts with Little Fires 🤷🏼‍♀️... I must look up Big Little Lies 👍🏻 2y
EvieBee @Cathythoughts It was so good! I did too, with Little Fires. We‘re book kindreds lol! 2y
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EvieBee
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This is my temporary reading setup in a corner of my office while we wait to move into our home. I haven‘t been able to read much but I started Miracle Creek a few days ago, and boy are things speeding along! There was so much hype around it that I avoided it, but I‘m understanding the hype! Hope to finish today. The suspense is taking me over the edge! #currentlyreading

LeahBergen What a pretty chair! 2y
Megabooks Love! 😍 2y
Adventures-of-a-French-Reader I love your chair 😍 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm I love the colour tones 👍 2y
Cathythoughts Looks lovely 💫 I really enjoyed Miracle Creek 2y
batsy That looks so pretty and comfy! 2y
EvieBee @LeahBergen @Megabooks @Bookish.juju @erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts @batsy Thank you! ♥️♥️ I‘ve had this reading year for so many years (maybe 15?) that my mom offered to have it reupholstered as an anniversary present late last year. It used to be a gentle neutral brown and I wanted something that screamed SIT HERE! 🤓♥️♥️ (edited) 2y
rubyslippersreads Lovely reading nook! 2y
kspenmoll Love your chair! The color & its obvious comfort! 2y
EvieBee @rubyslippersreads @kspenmoll Thank you! ♥️♥️ 2y
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j.rye
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This haul might have been excessive... whoops.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CLynE_HBOYo/?igshid=rdbxfzhqdblh

LiteraryinLawrence I liked the top 2 and the bottom one a lot! (edited) 2y
AmyG There is no such thing as an excessive book haul! 2y
Cathythoughts I thought Miracle Creek a good read 👍🏻 2y
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Lollymya
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wideeyedreader
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Absolutely loved this book. The reveal at the end caught me totally off-guard, but looking back I can see how it would work! Totally recommend ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Cathyloves2read
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I had a hard time putting this book down. It kept me up until the wee hours of the morning. Its only downfall is that it seemed a bit drawn out towards the middle. Otherwise, the story was very good. I like learning while I read. This book taught me about the use of 100% oxygen to treat many conditions, including autism. The characters were very believable. This new author did a wonderful job on her first published book!

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akfreeborn
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Great novel set as a courtroom drama with a cast of characters all with various levels of culpability. Tragic tale focusing on the lengths parents will go to to help their children, centered on a Korean American family that run a hyperbaric treatment center that seemed to help autistic kids. Well written but not a full-on page turner. Still well worth the time.

Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this one 👏🏻 2y
akfreeborn @Cathythoughts So well plotted and good commentary on so many issues. Sorry it took so long to leave my tbr pile! 2y
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DGRachel
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My pen pal always picks the perfect books. Funny story - I opened this and thought “oh, no! I picked this as a BOTM...can‘t tell Mitch I already have it.” I went to my BOTM shelves and it‘s not there. Searched my other shelves-no book! Turns out, every time I see it in a store, I go to pick it up and then “remember” that I already have it. 🤦🏻‍♀️ Thank you so much for finally really adding it to my collection! 🤣🤣 (and I love the card 💖)

Mitch Ahhh - it‘s a magic book disappears and reappears when required 🎅🏼👏🏼🎅🏼 2y
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wideeyedreader
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@bookish_wookish thank you so much!! This chocolate looks amazing! I‘m so excited to eat it up—and the book too! #jolabokaflodswap

bookish_wookish Yay! Glad you like everything! Their chocolate is my favorite! 2y
wideeyedreader @bookish_wookish I‘m sure I‘ll like it too!! 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Reposting a pic since I‘m not at home!

#ForeverNovember
#FallColors 🍂🍁🤎🧡

OriginalCyn620 📚🍂🍁 2y
Cathythoughts I loved this one 2y
SomedayAlmost In my TBR pile 2y
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Trina_L
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The synopsis should‘ve mentioned how slow moving this book is! 40% in and hoping it picks up soon!

Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this one 👍🏻 it picks up ( IMO) (edited) 2y
Trina_L @Cathythoughts good! I‘m getting to Janine‘s part. After she allegedly confronted Mary , so I am definitely thinking it will pick up here :) 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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The cover of this book has a beautiful #nature scene 🍂🍁

I got this pic at just the right time! 🌅 🌳🍂🍁 No filter needed!

#WordsofOctober
#Tbr

OriginalCyn620 Great pic! 2y
Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this book 👍🏻 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cathythoughts maybe I can get to it soon!! 2y
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Lovesbooks87
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My #BOTM backlog is getting out of control. So I thought I was try to get the audiobook of some of them so I could listen to them instead. It took me a little while to get into this one but once I did I was hooked. It was a heartbreaking story. About how some choices change the course of some people‘s lives forever!

#bookspinbingo space 18

Laughterhp I‘m keep tellingly myself I‘ll take a month and only read BOTM backlist 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️ 2y
cathysaid Right? Book synopsis (synopses??) I kept seeing for this book put me off for a long time. Finally gave it a try and really enjoyed it. 2y
Bklover I think you‘ve made me want to read this one. Stacked! 2y
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Lovesbooks87
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Someone is feeling very needy this morning! Thank goodness for audiobooks! 📚💜🐱📚💜🐱

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CoffeeK8
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Pickpick

This was an interesting and sad courtroom drama that took a hard look at what exactly guilt is, and how you measure out the consequences for the different levels of guilt.

Cathythoughts Nice review! I really liked this one 2y
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Panpan

I can't imagine a slower, less interesting, less compelling mystery/courtroom drama (although, it seems to me I've said something similar in the last few weeks). I should have bailed, but didn't because several of my fellow bookdragon friends rated it highly. I thought it was downright boring, and that some (most?) of the attitudes in it were appalling (including dangerous, debunked correlation made between vaccines and autism). #unpopularopinion

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intothehallofbooks
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I am SO EXCITED to find out that my library book club is finally moving online starting in October!!! We haven‘t met since January (our libraries are still closed) and I‘ve desperately missed meeting with my fellow members.

You guys!! I‘m so tearfully excited about this!!

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candority
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I forgot to post this amazing used book haul from last weekend. I snagged all of these for only $20?! I am particularly excited about Miracle Creek!

Gissy Wow, 15 books for $20.00, amazing!📚📚📚👏👏👏👏 2y
tracey38 Very nice! 2y
squirrelbrain Some great books there! 2y
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marleed Nice! 2y
candority @Gissy Right?! It‘s a place in the middle of nowhere that always has fantastic books and great prices. I love it! 2y
janeycanuck Ooh, wow! I finished Miracle Creek a few weeks ago, it‘s fantastic. 2y
candority @janeycanuck I saw your review when I posted this! It made me even more excited to dig in. 2y
janeycanuck @candority don‘t let the first chapter put you off - it‘s in the first person and is quite confusing. But it‘s just setting the stage. 2y
candority @janeycanuck Good to know. Thank you! 2y
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janeycanuck
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Ooh, so good... I loved how Kim slowly dripped new info into the story and how we flipped between characters. Her character development was fantastic and man, the way things unfolded!! I think it‘d have been even better without the epilogue, though.

Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this book 👍🏻 2y
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perfectlywinged
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A slowly paced character study that follows a court case trying to find the culprit of a fire that killed two subjects in an oxygen tank therapy session for autistic kids. Not quite a thriller but the ending and the consequences were so well done.

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Efriedland
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Kept me interested, but the ending wasn‘t as surprising as I wanted

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Hestapleton
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A compelling legal thriller, full of twists & complicated guilt. I was glued to the page. However, I wish, like other readers, Kim said more about the danger of so-called autism “treatments,” like drinking bleach. These “treatments” are real & kill autistic people regularly & more explicit condemnation could have been educating. Couple this book with some research & you have an important piece of writing. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #netgalley #bookspin

Cathythoughts I loved this book 👍🏻 2y
TheAromaofBooks Great review!! I'm always a little concerned by books that portray something happening & then don't specifically mention “hey, not a good idea“ - haven't read this one so I don't know the specifics on it, but a while back I read a YA fantasy where the main character regularly cut herself & it was sort of written like “yeah, sometimes life just be that way & this is a 100% acceptable way to get thru it“ and that just seemed like a very poor message 2y
Hestapleton @TheAromaofBooks oh noooo 😬😬😬 Sometimes I can understand if that is a CHARACTER‘S thought process, but like, stick a quick author‘s note in there!! (edited) 2y
TheAromaofBooks Exactly, or have another character with a contrasting view - in this book, the only reason the character stopped self-harming was because her life “got better“ - it seemed like at some point, someone else in the book could have shown her a way to deal with her troubles in a healthier manner. 2y
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shaynarae
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So good!! This book is about an accident that happens in a hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber and the trial around it. The intrigue to find out what really happened makes it hard to put down. But the story is much more than that. I highly recommend this one! #catsoflitsy

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BusyBookmark
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Miracle Creek is a story about a tangled web of lies fueled by shame and guilt, which leads to deadly destruction and heartbreak. I enjoyed it but it wasn‘t my favorite. Maybe 3.5/5 stars.

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StellarDoc
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I need to go upstairs and finish building my Maymester course that starts tomorrow, but #Loki is actually sharing my lap with #SamuelLCatson and I shouldn't discourage that. Right? #CatsOfLitsy

ozma.of.oz Of course not! How could you disturb that comfort? ❤️❤️ (edited) 3y
StellarDoc @ozma.of.oz Tom Kittleston tried to join them, which broke up the party. *sigh* I guess I should do some work. After I finish this chapter. 3y
Sace Yes. You must stay and encourage peace. 3y
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Sace Oh darn... Just saw your comment. 3y
ozma.of.oz Yes. One more chapter. You can stop after that. I‘m sure. 😉 3y
StellarDoc @ozma.of.oz I totally did not. But now I really have to work on my class because it goes live in six hours. 😮 3y
StellarDoc @Sace I did stay, but only Sam stayed with me. 3y
ozma.of.oz Good luck with the lesson plan! 3y
StellarDoc @ozma.of.oz Thanks! I had to move a section of this course online for the semester we just finished, but Maymester is a completely different animal. 3y
Eggs I enjoyed this book! 3y
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Katies_always_booked
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This is a courtroom drama written by a lawyer and it reads like it is. It took me a while to get into it. The bulk of the story takes place during the trial of a lady accused of setting a fire that killed her child and another person. You figure out the truth by reading the witness testimonies and their backstories. Each character has their own memories, doubts, suspicions and lies about the events that went down. I ended up giving it 4 ⭐️

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8little_paws
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Solid courtroom drama made memorable by the author seamlessly weaving in a story about the Korean immigrant experience to the US as well as the difficulties of raising a child with a disability. The story moves at a comfortable clip the whole time. Very strong debut, I'm glad I picked this one up finally!

rjsthumbelina I forgot about the immigrant experience portion of the plot! Maybe I will squeeze this one in as part of my Asian readathon this month... Glad to hear you liked it as much as everyone else! 3y
8little_paws @rjsthumbelina yes it's a pretty big component of the storyline!! 3y
Megabooks Agree! 3y
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5🌟Miracle Creek is an impressive novel. Not only is it an interesting courtroom drama, a murder mystery but Kim has also managed to include huge themes in the story giving these characters much depth and realness. From special needs parenting, to interracial marriage, immigration, mother/daughter relationships, and more. The twists and turns were so well revealed. I got completely wrapped up in this book! #bookreview #bookstagram

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allureofbeauty
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Was one of my picks for our book club. I enjoyed it though but I did have some issues retaining information at first with everything going on.
#miraclecreek #angiekim #mystery #bookclub #librarybookclub

Cathythoughts Such a good book 👍🏻 3y
allureofbeauty @Cathythoughts it was good 🖤 3y
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8little_paws
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I have had a lot of fun reading this book today while my little doll here entertains himself 🥰

Megabooks So cute! 3y
8little_paws @Megabooks thank you 😁 3y
Chrissyreadit Adorable! 3y
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BookNAround Sweet lil punkin! 3y
BarbaraBB A baby that entertains himself sounds like a dream - mine never did at that age 😉💚 3y
CarolynM So sweet!🤗💕 3y
8little_paws @barbarabbb it's the least he can do considering he barely sleeps at night 🤷‍♀️ 3y
batsy A lovely photo ❤️ 3y
MyNamesParadise What a precious baby! 3y
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