Book Title: The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly
Author: Stephanie Oakes
Pages: 396 (Hardcover)
Published By: Dial/Penguin
Goodreads Description: 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.
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Review: I brought this book with me on a road trip to New Orleans over the weekend as me, my husband, and two of our friends went down south for a concert at the House of Blues! The bands were Akadia, Toothgrinder, and Trivium!
Let’s just say we had a great time… now onto the review!
The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly was a spellbinding, heart smashing, soul crushing story, exactly what I wanted for the drive all the way down to New Orleans and back home!
This story was completely different than any contemporary I’ve ever read and I’m happy I came across this book and Minnow’s story. This story IS NOT based on a true story, it’s actually a retelling of “The Handless Maiden” by Brothers Grimm. Stephanie Oakes even said you don’t have to read the original version to understand The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly, which is great because I didn’t even realize it was a retelling until I began writing my review.
All in all, I truly loved this story and I’m very happy I made the decision to order a copy of this beautiful book but… there were a few things I didn’t like as to why it received the rating it did. I can’t go into much detail as that’s where you get into the spoilers but I will say this book started out strong. The backstory of Minnow was honestly my favorite part of the entire book and the ending left me… well, empty. We come to know so much but left wondering why? What happened after? It’s just a lot of questions we never seemed to get the answers to. Maybe this means we’ll get another? (Just a dream.)
Well everyone, this is about all I can say about The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes! If you have read the book, please leave me a comment down below of your favorite part of this novel! Please don’t forget to like, comment, and follow! Thank you guys so much for taking time out of your day to read my review!