Story about a Korean immigrant's family that is fatally intertwined with several families with special needs children. The story is told through the perspectives of 5 characters, each having chapters to tell their side of the background to the courtroom drama. The author, a lawyer herself and a mother of a child with health issues, is well placed to write this story. The description of the mothers' lives with special needs kids is very well done to the point of being overdone for me, but the author certainly succeeds in showing the thoughts, the emotions, and the actions of these mothers to improve their childrens' lives. Words do not fail this author! From the standpoint of a lawyer, the author also is familiar with clients' white lies, their tailored replies to probing questions, withholding vital information, and different views of the facts. Her courtroom setting is not the boring Q&A session of a Perry Mason drama. The novel was an enjoyable read with many insights uncommon in a murder mystery book.
Loved the plot & most of the characters- and I did not see the ending coming. Though I enjoyed most of the book there was some graphic scenes that were not needed and I was very uncomfortable reading them.
A legal drama, which is rare for me! But this book made me want to get more into the genre, because it was very compelling. It had been on my list for awhile, but I bumped it up thanks to The Stacks podcast. If you read the book I highly recommend listening to the episode about it because I guarantee you’ll want to talk about it with someone and/or hear other people talk about it because there’s a lot to discuss. The story is centered around a trial set to prosecute a woman for the explosion of a unique medical center, an explosion that killed two (including her son) and injured several others. Kim explores race, disability, parenthood, and grief in very interesting ways and effectively keeps you guessing throughout. I did feel a little disappointed by the ending, but I appreciated the way she handled a large cast of characters, which is something that can easily annoy me if not done well. Also her imagery was really good!
An explosion at a facility for special needs kids turns out wasn’t an accident. Sounds interesting.
I don’t understand the criticisms of the plot being obvious or poor character development...I thought this was a brilliant book! A thriller but heart-rending at the same time, touching on topics you don’t usually have in courtroom dramas such as what immigrants experience and parents’ devotion to disabled children. An amazing read!
In this first novel, author Angie Kim takes a could-be-tired genre - the courtroom drama - and adds layers and goes in unexpected directions. There is a fire at an alternative healthcare facility catering to disabled children and a mother and a child are killed. Kim tells her story through alternating viewpoints and her ability to create and manage her large cast of characters is extraordinary. Her themes of family, immigration, disability/caregiving are seamlessly woven into an engrossing narrative. By the end, I was bruised by this heart-wrenching book.
This mystery/court room drama unwinds slowly but is really well structured. A unique look at how when everyone is telling little lies for their own selfish reasons, the truth gets incredibly muddled.
I waited a few days before commenting about this debut novel. For a first novel of courtoom murder intrigue, this one is very good. While I was a little disappointed in the ending, it was well worth the read. I find myself wondering if this author has another novel to write. The amalgamation of her real life as a lawyer and a Korean made this novel even better than the normal courtroom thriller or murder mystery. I hope that she has more in her because I did like this first novel.
It was a quick read - a good mystery/courtroom drama. A "whodunit" that keeps you guessing to the end. I enjoyed the added texture of Korean immigrants carving out a new life in America - a topic with which the author is obviously intimately familiar.
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.
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