Review: This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis

October 13, 2017 Book Review, Young Adult 7 ★½

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This Darkness MineThis Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on October 10th 2017
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult
Format: ARC
Source: Edelweiss
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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.

I love when a book can surprise me. I love twisty, suspense-filled action and that’s exactly what attracted me to this thriller. Unfortunately it ended up not working for me. 🙁

I think the very bare bones of what made this story so damn dark and bizarre was really interesting. It was the one thing that made me finish and not just cast the book aside so I have to give credit to that. As mentioned in the blurb, Sasha discovers that she was meant to have a twin who was absorbed in the womb and just as she discovers this secret her world shifts and her life no longer feels like her own. Super cool plot begging for all sorts of twisty amazing things to follow in its wake. But man, it just didn’t work. Every single character we meet is completely unlikable. Friends, family, and Sasha herself. And then every reaction to the crazy situations happening all around them was so blasé and fake feeling. Like, if you want me to be thoroughly creeped out and enjoy a thrilling story I need to feel something. I need to feel like the characters make sense. I need to feel like the basic human reaction to specific circumstances are believable so I can feel like I am right there too. And I got none of that here.

It was such a struggle to get through but I really wanted to know how it came together so I persevered. It’s definitely one of those ‘mind-fuck’ novels that I’m sure some people may be attracted to and I appreciate how committed the author was to pulling off such a crazy ride, but for me this was a mess I cannot recommend.

About Mindy McGinnis

Mindy McGinnis is an Edgar Award-winning author and assistant teen librarian who lives in Ohio. She graduated from Otterbein University with a degree in English Literature and Religion, and sees nothing wrong with owning nine cats. Two dogs balance things out nicely.

Mindy runs a blog for aspiring writers at Writer, Writer Pants on Fire, which features interviews with agents, established authors, and debut authors. Learn how they landed their agents, what the submission process is really like, and how it feels when you see your cover for the first time. Mindy does query critiques every Saturday on the Saturday Slash for those who are brave enough to volunteer.

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7 Responses to “Review: This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis”

  1. Barrie

    What a bummer. The blurb sounds like a great read. Too bad it wasn’t as good as it could have been.

  2. Christine

    Ahh man, that’s disappointing to hear. The synopsis of this was screaming my name but books like this have to shock me. Just like you mentioned, I need to FEEL the thrills and terror and every other emotion. The fact that every reaction felt fake and didn’t grab your attention means I’ll probably feel the same way. I’m a tough critic when it comes to this genre and despite the good intentions of the promising storyline and the mind fuck, I doubt it’ll live up to my expectations. Oh well. Thanks for the honest review!
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