October 20, 2017

Review: This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis

This Darkness MineThe Dem
Author: Cinda 
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release date: October 10th 2017
Source: Edelweiss
Format: eARC

Rating: 3.5/5

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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.
This Darkness Mine is a Young Adult psychological thriller, quite dark and has an unreliable main character.

Sasha is a 17 year-old girl, in her senior year of high school, she´s the valedictorian, is the first clarinet in her school and her goal is to enter the Oberlin Conservatory, so she practises her clarinet for hours every day, in addition to having the perfect boyfriend to match her image, but everything changes when Sasha starts to not remember some periods of time and Isaac a rebellious classmate begins to talk to her as if they know each other and he makes comments of things that can not be possible. Besides her heart accelerates every time he´s close and she knows things about him that she shouldn´t know. And the things in her life become stranger when she discovers that she had a twin who died in the womb and that she absorbed her (vanishing twin syndrome) and Sasha begins to doubt that her twin sister has completely disappeared and that she´s a part of Sasha.

This is the fifth book of the author that I´ve read, so I already have an idea about what to expect, since her books are typically raw and dark. Where the main character isn´t necessarily a nice and likeable person, but usually they´re strong, intriguing and malicious when necessary, they do everything to survive, something that I enjoyed in her books, but it can be a little shocking for those who are not accustomed to her way of telling stories.

Overall, it´s an interesting, intriguing, dark and twisted story that hook me and couldn´t put down. I read it relatively fast, since I had to know what was going to happen with the main character and when I finished reading I did not know if I liked it or not ... It´s a weird story and I had to process it. In the last chapters there are several shocking twist and has an interesting ending.
And due to certain scenes I recommend it to mature Young Adult.

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