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. – Goodreads.com
In another review of one of this author’s books, I mentioned I’d read anything she wrote, because she’s just that good. After reading This Darkness Mine, I firmly, concretely, couldn’t move me with a wrecking ball, stand by that statement. This is one of those reviews where I can’t say much in order to avoid spoilers – pretty sure you’ll understand how I felt about it.
This novel is fabulously dark and disturbing, wonderfully twisted, and entirely unpredictable – it’s impossible to look away. Sasha is blunt, manipulative, ambitious, cunning – and a highly unreliable narrator. Or is she? The supporting characters are incredible and the dialogue between them is clever and amusing – I’m such a fan of McGinnis’s writing style.
Block out a chunk of time to read this – then leave yourself some time upon completion to deal with the aftereffects. You’ll need it. This Darkness Mine takes complex psychological thrillers to a whole new level – and I’d love to sit down with this author and ask her how such an original concept was born. This book is scheduled for publication October 10th, 2017.
Thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for the digital ARC.