The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly

Book - 2015
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The Kevinian cult has taken everything from 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.
Publisher: New York : Dial Books, [2015]
ISBN: 9780803740709
Characteristics: 396 pages ; 22 cm


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Apr 14, 2017

“Moments like this occurred more and more frequently, and I think that was the biggest difference between us. That we could look at the same stars in the same sky, but not have the same questions. Not want the same answers.”

Apr 14, 2017

“I think you should be angry if you're angry. But it's also true that hate has a way of hurting you more than the person you're hating.”

Apr 14, 2017

“Growing up, I believed in miracles. I guess I don’t anymore.”

Apr 14, 2017

“Everything in the universe comes from stars. Before anything else existed, there were just stars. Stars are like ovens,” she says. “Inside, they’re cooking planets and asteroids, and when they explode, out spews all this, like, space vomit that’s been cooking all these years. And solar systems formed, and Earth formed, and algae and eventually oxygen. And small organisms evolved into big animals and after about a billion years we came out, so that’s your answer. We come from the stars.”

Apr 14, 2017

“I guess people can't be content without answers, even if they're wrong. We'd rather have a lie than a question that we can never know the answer to.”

Apr 14, 2017

“That's how you avoid becoming a moth," he says. "Stop asking others what to believe. Figure it out for yourself.”

Apr 14, 2017

“Jude taught me what love was: to be willing to hold on to another person's pain. That's it.”


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Oct 05, 2018

Great read about how one young woman was able to overcome adversity.

Beatricksy Jan 03, 2018

This book insists on Telling me things and not following through. I'm Told Angel is a monster, but I don't really see it. I'm Told about the cult, but for the most part it's so glossed over that the payoff of the cult's destruction feels like another page to turn, not the impactful moment it wants. Since it's a lot of Telling (as necessitated by the way the book is told, in Minnow's somehow bland point of view), it feels extraordinarily stilted and silly. There are plenty of books written from the perspective of illiterate and uneducated characters, and those books play with words and concepts in a way that this book is too afraid to do. I'm especially disappointed with this one since everyone else seems to enjoy it so much and I don't quite see why.

May 01, 2016

This book seriously blew my bind and I have no idea why more people aren’t talking about it!

This is the story of Minnow Bly. She has been living in the woods with her family for 10 years with the rest of the “Community” who follow The Prophet. Yes, this book is about a cult.

The very first line of the book is chilling –

“I am a blood-soaked girl.”

The Community has burned down, The Prophet is dead, and Minnow is now in jail and her hands have been cut off.

Did Minnow kill The Prophet? Did she burn down the Community? Why is she in jail?

All these answers will be revealed as Minnow narrates the haunting story of how she and her family ended up being part of the Community, and ultimately, what events led to the evening when it burned down.

This book is well written with so much imagery that it was easy to fully immerse yourself and be part of the story.

There are some downright creepy parts but it’s balanced with hope and light hearted moments as well.

Cynthia_N Mar 23, 2016

I really enjoyed this book. The fact that Minnow had the bones of her hands with her shocked me. I guess I missed that in the description. I liked the way the author slowly revealed Minnow's story through interactions with others and memories.

ellie_o Feb 02, 2016

I enjoyed this book. I think there was a lot of promise in the writing: descriptive passages that pulled me in as well as compelling characters. I found the premise interesting, and I wanted to know more about Minnow. Mostly, I enjoyed the interactions between Minnow and Angel.
There weren't any moments when this book really struck me, which I kept hoping for. I did keep sneaking off to read it, though :)


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