The Sacred Lies Of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Mystery
Publisher: Dial Books
Rating: 4 stars
Summary: 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.
My Opinion on the Book:
Okay, so i will start by saying this; well, that was an interesting ride.
I didn’t know much about the book when i decided to read it, i just liked the name it had, so i entered it without much expectations. The thing is the book really surprised me, and in a good way.
The book narrates the life of Minnow in Juvinile detetion where she ends after attacking a guy as well as flashbacks of the lifeshe had before escaping the community she lived for the last 12 years.
To be fairly honest i never read abouta fictional book about people living in a cult, but from what i studied back in college the author did a great job with the reality she described in the community. Also, it’s important to say that she did it in such a beautiful way. Her writing is very descriptive, raw and yet it has beautiy in it.
The way the story develops, how Minnow starts to question things about the beliefs she holds are managed very carefully which made it feel real and credible. Her character was three dimensional, and not only hers. The characters in the book had a life, beliefs and decisions to make, which were made in a way that not always were what Minnow expected. This was in my opinion extremely helpful to the narration, because the narrator, Minnow isn’t know-it-all, she is decived and confused.
There are some very raw and explicit scenes, i mean, like, Minnow doesn’t have hands and she describes how she lost them. Which were at moments difficult to read because of the cruelness.
There’s a little “romance” in the book, which was so well handled, it fitted perfect to the time and the story being told, it doesn’t falls in sterotypes or such things, a refreshing thing in the YA books really..
The story is full of mysteries that develop slowly but steady in a way it keeps you reading and wanting to know more about what really happened. I couldn’t stop bitting my nails when couldn’t read, because i couldn’t stop thinking about it.
The truth is, i really don’t undertsand why aren’t more people talking about this amazing book, it has so many strong points, it a pleasure to read. Also, as i said before, the writing is incredibly beautiful, i’m sure i’ll be reading the Author’s next books.
In conclusion, a book i recommend a lot, it’s a full of thrill and emotional tension story that shows us the wrong side of humanity and a more positive one too. I enjoy it very much, and hope more people will read it and enjoy it too…
That’s all for now!
‘Til Next Time 😉