I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on October 10th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Thriller, Mystery
Sasha Stone knows her place—first-chair clarinet, top of her class, and at the side of her oxford-wearing boyfriend. She’s worked her entire life to ensure that her path to Oberlin Conservatory as a star musician is perfectly paved.
But suddenly there’s a fork in the road, in the shape of Isaac Harver. Her body shifts toward him when he walks by, her skin misses his touch even though she’s never known it, and she relishes the smell of him—smoke, beer, and trouble—all the things she’s avoided to get where she is. Even worse, every time he’s near Sasha, her heart stops, literally. Why does he know her so well—too well—and she doesn’t know him at all?
Sasha discovers that her by-the-book life began by ending another’s: the twin sister she absorbed in the womb. But that doesn’t explain the gaps of missing time in her practice schedule or the memories she has of things she certainly never did with Isaac. As Sasha loses her much-cherished control, her life—and heart—become more entangled with Isaac. Armed with the knowledge that her heart might not be hers alone, Sasha must decide what she’s willing to do—and who she’s willing to hurt—to take it back.
Edgar Award–winning author Mindy McGinnis delivers a dark and gripping psychological thriller about a girl at war with herself, and what it really means to be good or bad.
This Darkness Mine is an intense, dark, and extremely twisted psychological thriller. It is disturbing and messed up. At times, I was extremely uncomfortable reading it and some parts were potentially nightmare inducing. There are aspects that will surprise and others that will shock. Each new plot twist reveals an additional layer to the darkness that lives in Sasha Stone. This book pulled no punches and Mindy McGinnis dared to venture where (at least to the best of my knowledge) very few YA books have gone before.
I can’t discuss the plot without spoiling important aspects so all I’ll say is that it’s something you need to experience for yourself. Each sentence in this book was carefully crafted to enhance the uneasy atmosphere that pervades this book. The writing was crisp, sharp, and cold. It was perfectly suited to both the narrator and the story. Sasha Stone is one of the most unlikeable protagonist’s I’ve come across. She’s an absolutely terrible person. She is also a wonderful unreliable narrator. As a reader, you’ll constantly question your perception of her throughout the novel, which definitely messed with my head a bit.
After turning the last page of This Darkness Mine, I just kept looking at the ending and muttering “what??” to myself. Even compared to adult psychological thrillers, This Darkness Mine stands out in how dark, bizarre, and twisted it gets. If you’re looking for something different that is unlike anything you’ve read before, check this one out.