Wednesday, December 20, 2017

This Darkness Mine ~ Mindy McGinnis review [@MindyMcGinnis @KatherineTegen @HarperTeen]

This Darkness Mine
Katherine Tegen Books
October 10, 2017
352 pages
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*This novel is one of those that I suggest maybe not reading the description before you read the book. So, if that is something you ever do - or will do - skip over what this one's about.*

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.

Safe to say that was not where I was expecting the book to go - either for the story or for the character. True, I did not read the description before I started the book (it was by Mindy McGinnis and that was enough for me to want to read it) but I am glad I did not know what the book was supposed to be about. This story had me wondering, "What is going on?" at almost every turn but I truly loved discovering what was coming as it happened,. The not knowing what to expect was fantastic.

Even as the story grew darker and stranger and more startling, it somehow still made sense and felt very real. What happened and how it did were things I never would have expected or guessed (even if you given some sort of multiple choice test type option) but it all still fit.   I won't say it was logical, per se, but weirdly . . . it was?

This Darkness Mine is a weird, almost confusing at times, twisty, turny, dark and thrilling tale that truly did surprise me. There were times I was not even sure what genre the story would end up being so I really did not know what to expect. The only thing I knew for sure, the whole time, was that I had to keep reading it.

(I also need to mention how much I loved some of the characters. They were part of what made me not sure what genre the book would ultimately be - or made me want it to be something else. It is really noteworthy even in a dark, twisty, psychological thriller like this, I found some of the characters really sweet or really odd or really whatever. It was not just about Sasha, there were some brilliant characters in this novel.)

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