The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes
This harrowing story will have readers on the edge of their seats. It’s the story of Minnow Bly, who’s been in the fictitious Kevinian cult since she was a little girl.
“I am a blood-soaked girl…My breath comes hard and white in the freezing air. Inside each breath is the understanding that this is how it feels, controlling someone, bending their body to your will. I wonder if this is how the Prophet felt the moment he ordered my hands ripped from me.” So starts Minnow’s story of her time in the cult, her escape from it and the unexpected friend she made in the remote forest near where the cult built its community.
The story is told in the first person perspective as Minnow is in custody for a bloody beating she did, and for potentially starting the fire that burned the compound to the ground. The immediateness her storytelling draws the readers into the fifteen-year-old’s world, revealing the past a bit at a time. This book deals with numerous themes, including religion, faith, inner strength, love and friendship. I would recommend this to all teen readers who are mystery fans or are interested in books involving cults.
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Review by Ms. Provence