The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes
Published June 9th, 2015 by Dial Books
Genres Young Adult, Mystery, Fiction
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“The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly” is based around the main character of 17 year old Minnow Bly. Her parents moved her to the woods at the age of 5 and joined a religious cult, the Kevinians. The Kevinian cult has taken everything from Minnow; most of her life so far, her family and her freedom. Then to punish her for an act of rebellion, they take her hands as well. The Prophet of the Kevinians is now dead; he has been murdered and their Community in the wilderness has burnt to the ground. Minnow knows what happened but isn’t saying anything and now she is locked up in a juvenile detention center. An FBI detective comes to her as part counselor and part investigator. He makes a deal with her in order to hopefully find out the truth of what really happened at the Community. Minnow has lost her ability to trust after everything she has been through, but finds that she might be able to trust the detective if it means she will get her freedom in exchange.
This book. From the first chapter I was very intrigued. I always expect books about religious cults to be both disturbing and shocking, but this book was much more. The book flashes from the present to the past, as we learn what Minnow’s life was like in the community, how she lost her hands and how she ended up in a juvenile detention center. We learn very early on in the book how she lost her hands and I have to say that in itself is a story. It is told through many chapters and in great detail. Reading about Minnow’s life in the Community is very interesting, but her present is as well, as she learns to do basic things, like reading. I really enjoyed the author’s writing style and felt the characters were fairly well-developed. Oakes also has a way with words, there were several sentences that caught my attention.“In those moments, I wish I could’ve articulated how unremarkable brutality is. How common.” My only complaint about this book is the ending is a bit open ended. I like books to end with all my questions answered and this books ends with many unanswered. Overall, a great book, great writing, at times disturbing and violent, but an excellent story. I look forward to reading anything that Oakes publishes in the future.