Waiting on Wednesdays – The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly

I love the little rhyme in this WoW’s title. It makes it super fun to say out loud!

I first heard about this book on Twitter when the author, Stephanie Oakes tweeted about the cover reveal (which is lovely) for the June 2015 release. I was immediately taken in by the book which features a girl who emerges from the woods HANDLESS. YES, YOU HEARD RIGHT. Sound familiar? It might: The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly is a retelling of The Handless Maiden by the Grimm Brothers.


When seventeen-year-old Minnow stumbles out of the woods one winter morning, she is haunted and handless and covered in someone else’s blood. She has just escaped the strict religious commune run by a cruel man named the Prophet. In exchange for freedom, she leaves behind her family, her home, and Jude–an outsider
boy who changed everything. 

But the real world isn’t the sanctuary Minnow imagined. Soon, she gets arrested and placed in juvenile detention. Now, Minnow is being questioned by an FBI psychiatrist about the night she escaped, the same night the Prophet was burned to death in his own home—a murder Minnow may be responsible for.

A modern retelling of the Grimm fairy tale, “The Handless Maiden,” in which the Devil orders a girl’s hands cut off, Minnow is the story of a girl growing out of the wreckage of corrupted faith

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