Book Reviews

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

My edition: Kindle
Pages: 400
Stand Alone
Genre: YA, Thriller, Cult
Published: June 9th, 2015
Rating: 3 star


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.

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly is a hard-hitting and hopeful story about the dangers of blind faith—and the power of having faith in oneself.


Oh, wow!

There will be spoilers ahead.


Minnow Bly lived in the woods with her family that was part of the Kevinian cult. She was found next to a boy she had assaulted, but her hands with cut off. Minnow is now in the correction facility and is having to learn how the real world works. She is visited by an FBI doctor who is trying to get her to open up in exchange for a deal.

We navigate through the story as Minnow has flashbacks and tries to get along with her cell mate.


Minnow- I don’t know if I can dislike her. The girl was manipulated and she was just trying her best to survive. She’s not my favorite. I do feel bad for her.

the prophet- Better known to society as Kevin. I don’t like this man at all. He is a false prophet and the stories he made up about God are so awful and let’s not forget to mention total racist!! He tells everyone that colored skin is a sign of evilness from God. I don’t think I have ever wanted to smack someone so hard with a bible.

(Also Minnow didn’t know what a bible was until she met with Jude and that goes to show the prophet was a total fake. Well besides his horrible stories that are so not correct about God)


It was an okay story but it’s not something I will more than likely read again. Too many attacks on my God and religion along with I wasn’t much invested into it. I got this back when I had a hankering for cults in fiction. But it is time for me to move on and I am just thankful I finally finished a book.