¡Hola, mi gente! Sorry I’ve been gone for a month but I was taking a well needed mental health break. If you want to know more about me you should follow me on Instagram. I am very active in my stories. Anyway, I’m back. Hopefully for good.
Recently I was watching other people’s Instagram stories when I heard this girl (brittanysbooknook) talking about the books she was currently reading one of them was The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes, When she mentioned what it was about, I knew I needed to read it. This is a retelling of the story The Girl with No Hands a story collected by the Brothers Grimm.
The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly is about this girl called Minnow Bly who has spent most of her life being part of a religious cult. When she was a little girl her parents followed a self-called prophet to the woods and that’s when the nightmare began.
The story starts with Minnow who just escaped the cult, but not before they cut both of her hands off, and is charged with assault after she’s found standing over a badly beat up man. Also, the community where she used to live is found burned down and with it the Prophet. An FBI agent wants to know if the fire was caused and if the Prophet was killed before the fire. To help him figure it out he enlists the help of Minnow striking a deal with her. The story is told between past and present. As she narrates her story to both the FBI agent and the reader and as she’s trying to get used to life at juvie/out of the community.
This book was dark at times—trigger alerts at the bottom of the post—but also fascinating. From day one I was addicted and could not put it down. I’m fighting a reading slump and most of my reading is coming through audiobooks so bless Scribd for having it—two free months trial instead of one with my link. I had such a great time that I couldn’t stop listening to it. I listened to it while cleaning, on my way to visit my family AND EVEN, and this is something I never do, while laying down in my bed doing absolutely nothing.
My favorite part was learning about the cult. It was crazy how the Prophet had so much power over them. I just don’t get how someone can brainwash that many people. How he convinced these people in believing in this new religion and even got them to follow him into the woods to live a life isolated from the outside world. They didn’t have books, outside food, medicine, hospitals, etc. Women weren’t allowed to read, men had multiple wives, and they were racist. Girls were married off at 17 and the punishments for those that defied the Prophet and/or sinned were extreme. Minnow was constantly questioning the Prophet and even defying him which caused her many punishments which I won’t mention because of spoilers.
Yes, this part was truly fascinating but following Minnow as she gets used to life without her hands and living in juvie was also interesting. She was making friends, questioning her religion, looking for answers, and enjoying the things that she did not have or could not do in the community.
You guys can see why I found it engrossing. This story was fulled of, what happened to her? Why did they cut her hands off? Why did she beat up the guy? Was the fire caused? Was the Prophet murdered? If so, by whom? Will she get her freedom? Thankfully, you get all the answers. Well, all but one.
The writing style was very simple and easy to follow which made it easy to get lost in it. This and the narration made it a fantastic audiobook.
I don’t know what else to say to get you to read it so just READ IT. Do yourself the favor, you won’t regret it.
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Pedophilia, child marriage, body horror, racism, imprisonment, arrange marriage, misogyny, mentioned of suicide attempts and panic attacks, death, cancer