‘Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly’ by Stephanie Oakes
Synopsis: ‘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.’
This story is a horrifying portrayal of cults and the destruction they can leave behind. It will definitely make the reader pause and think. It is engrossing and, while at times disturbing, extremely hard to put down. I started reading this on a work day morning and if I hadn’t had to go to school, I would have read the book in one sitting.
A well written novel that will leave the reader feeling intense emotions, from horror, to fear and even laughter at times. It tackles people’s beliefs, religions, blind faith and the justice system. Despite the overwhelming sense loss (Minnow’s hands, family and friends) the author sprinkles dollops of hope throughout.
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