The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

August 31, 2015
The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly, Stephanie Oakes, Book Review, InToriLex
The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly


The Kevinian cult has taken everything from seventeen-year-old Minnow: twelve years of her life, her family, her ability to trust.

And when she rebelled, they took away her hands, too.

Now their Prophet has been murdered and their camp set aflame, and it's clear that Minnow knows something—but she's not talking. As she languishes in juvenile detention, she struggles to un-learn everything she has been taught to believe, adjusting to a life behind bars and recounting the events that led up to her incarceration. But when an FBI detective approaches her about making a deal, Minnow sees she can have the freedom she always dreamed of—if she’s willing to part with the terrible secrets of her past.

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly is a hard-hitting and hopeful story about the dangers of blind faith—and the power of having faith in oneself.


Book Review, Reaction Gif, InToriLex

It took me a while to write this review.  I'm at a loss with how to describe my satisfaction, in literature it can come in so many forms for all kinds of readers. Minnow must learn how to live after being suffocated in a abusive cult. When everything in your life gets taken away, the value you place on life can become completely distorted. The people Minnow loves in this book are all flawed, you watch these characters evolve, and become invested. 
"Brutality was done to me. Why not spill a little into the world, too? Just to touch it. Just to know I could."
I read this book quickly. I was disturbed, engaged, sympathetic and empathetic. Confused and broken Minnow has to re-learn how to live after being taken from a cult.  She has to grieve over her hands while learning to use what she has. She has to forgive people for things that seem justly unforgivable. She quickly learns there's nothing to be gained by trying to grow back missing pieces of yourself that have been swallowed up by life.
 " 'Anger is a kind of murder you commit in your heart.' If this is true, I'm a daily murderer. My heart is more full of blood that I ever imagined."
Juvenile Detention becomes Minnow's way into society, while she's accepting the horrible things that have happened to her. It's easy to ignore details when your angry and forget perspective when you've been wronged. Minnow maturely uses her time  in juvie to take a step back and see the bigger picture. The characters described seem very relatable, so the reader becomes immersed in how the story unfolds. You will feel a full range of emotions when you fly through  this book, but I guarantee you'll enjoy the journey. READ THIS BOOK!!!!!


Kindlemom said...

This is totally new to me so thanks so much for putting it on my radar!

InToriLex said...

Glad I could introduce you to something new!! Thanks for stopping by

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