Sunday, December 23, 2018

Review: The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly - Stephanie Oakes

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly

Review: The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly - Stephanie Oakes - June 2015
Do you enjoy cult reads? I hadn't read a good one for a while, and this is a book that has been sitting on my kindle at least three years. Minnow Bly grew up in a cult under a prophet named Kevin. As Minnow got older, she discovered more about the outside world and started to question what she was being taught. When she is called up for being too curious, the prophet says that the Lord has spoken to them and that she is to become his latest wife. For Minnow, this is the worst outcome, and she disobeys his word. Her punishment results in her father chopping her hands off, and she is left with stubs. The book then jumps to Minnow being placed in Juvie as someone has burned down the cult and killed their leader and since she was found with blood on her, she is a suspect. Though the blood belongs to Jude - the outsider she fell in love with. He also grew up off the grid. This book follows Minnow life as she recounts her experiences and life are growing up in the cult and how she tried to save the ones she loved but failed.  This book was an eye-opener and shows the way people can easily be manipulated when they want so desperately to follow something and have something important to believe in.  This book reminded me of Fleur Beale's series I am Not Esther which is one of my favorite NZ stories.

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