This Darkness Mine

This Darkness Mine

by Mindy McGinnis
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This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis

Mindy McGinnis, award-winning author of The Female of the Species and A Madness So Discreet, returns with a new dark and twisted psychological thriller—perfect for fans of Gone Girl and Fight Club.

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 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, and her skin misses his touch even though she’s never known it. Why does he act like he knows her so well—too well—when she doesn’t know him at all?

Sasha discovers that her by-the-book life began by ending the chapter of another: 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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062561596
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/10/2017
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 134,384
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Mindy McGinnis is the author of Not a Drop to Drink and its companion, In a Handful of Dust, as well as This Darkness Mine, The Female of the Species, Given to the Sea, Heroine, and the Edgar Award–winning novel A Madness So Discreet. A graduate of Otterbein University with a BA in English literature and religion, Mindy lives in Ohio. You can visit her online at

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This Darkness Mine 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i'm only halfway through but so far this book is very intriguing. at first i wasn't sure it was any good. then as it went on you see the dark side of the story. How the main character is split in two. cant wait to see how the rest of the story plays out. definitely worth a read.
Chancie More than 1 year ago
Dark and unsettling but wildly engaging and addicting. It's weird and bizarre but wonderfully well written.
AReadingRedSox More than 1 year ago
Mindy McGinnis is one of my absolute favorite authors (NOT A DROP TO DRINK, THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES) so I was super excited to read her latest release, THIS DARKNESS MINE. Do you ever just read a book, and you like it, but you really don’t know what else to think about it? That was this book. It’s creepy and strange and had me yelling “WHAT IS GOING ON?!?!?” at more than a few instances. The main character, Sasha, is a straight A student who can play the clarinet better than almost anyone—but when she starts acting out, she begins to blame Shanna, the twin sister that she absorbed in the womb. But when her actions begin to spiral out of control, Sasha has to come to terms with the person that she is, and her effect on those around her. I can confidently say that this is one of the wildest rides a book has ever taken me on. Check out more great book reviews on my blog, A Reading Red Sox, here:
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
2.5 stars Psychological thrillers with hints of unreliable narrators are my jam and the synopsis of this book was 100000000% everything I could have wanted...sadly I was disappointed. Sasha is an interesting character. She’s hard working and ambitious and sort of a robot. However, she’s horrible and rude and I had a really hard time rooting for her. Of course I loved Isaac and thought he deserved way better than what happened to him. There are a few snarky characters who provide some levity, but this journey is seriously all about Sasha. Plot wise, I legit had no idea wtf was going on and I loved it. Parts felt really jumbled and convoluted. My main complaint was that there wasn’t enough of an explanation at the ending. I simultaneously like that and hate it. Overall it was a quick read and I was somewhat captivated by it, but there was just something that didn’t click with me. **Huge thanks to Katherine Tegen Books for providing the arc free of charge**
MomBo1 More than 1 year ago
I was surprised to find this creepy psychological thriller in the YA Romance section at my local Barnes & Noble store. I guess nothing says romance like your evil, reabsorbed twin hijacking your body for sex and other fun times?
YAandWine More than 1 year ago
THIS DARKNESS MINE is by far the darkest YA psychological thriller I've ever had the pleasure of reading. The premise is absolutely captivating and original, and the plot is so jam packed with twists and turns, I was never able to predict what Sasha was going to do, or what was going to happen to her, next. Mindy McGinnis's writing is absolutely masterful. Basing a psychological thriller around vanishing twin syndrome was really quite brilliant. It was such an interesting concept, and the way McGinnis builds the plot of this story around that idea was fascinating. The plot moves at a fast pace and has several moments along the way that will absolutely blow reader's minds. The ending was also just astonishing. It was unexpected to the point of being shocking and was the perfect conclusion to this story. In my reading experience it's rare to find a psychological thriller that also includes such a wonderful and gripping romance as the one that McGinnis has incorporated into THIS DARKNESS MINE. While it's certainly not the focus of the story, it's a wonderful addition and definitely keeps your heart pounding the entire time you're reading. Like I said earlier, this is the darkest YA psychological thriller I've read, and that is because there is some really intense content. This book delves deeply into mental disorders and there are certainly some triggers. I won't include warnings here, because I don't want to spoil the story. If you would like to know more about those before picking up this book, feel free to message me. Mindy McGinnis is certainly an author who can write any genre she attempts, and she does so masterfully. THIS DARKNESS MINE is yet another shining example of that. If you enjoy psychological thrillers, you will certainly love this book.
ahyperboliclife More than 1 year ago
“But I am not done yet, and I am determines, I am Sasha Stone. This is mind over matter and my mind is the strongest thing in me and I will not falter, will not hesitate …” This book was weird and messed up and honestly, all the things I wanted. Not going to lie, what initially hooked me was the twin element. I will read any and all books that have to do with twins. But I thought the mystery and psychological elements incorporated into the story would give it a unique edge, and that it did. I honestly don’t think I can summarize what this book is about, even so, I think you should go into this book with as little information as possible. All you need to know is that This Darkness Mine is filled with mostly unlikeable characters and some intensely creepy scenes that come together for a truly unique reading experience. Things I Liked The creepy tone is established immediately, and it really sets the stage for what to expect from the characters. Music is a big part of Sasha’s life and I like how it was incorporated. We see her categorize and equal different speech patterns with different music keys. It really worked for her character and showed how she distanced herself personally from others. Sasha believing that her twin, Shanna, is communicating with her and influencing her actions is not some big secret. She tells Isaac and her parents early on in the story. I like that it wasn’t drawn out. And they all have appropriate responses that I think work with the story. One thing I really loved was how Shanna’s messages were formatted. She used a lot of “()” an “-” to create double meanings in her words that elevated the unhinged tone. Isaac was my favorite character, and I think he was the most likable one too. He was just a genuine sweetheart and deserves a peaceful and quiet life. I actually liked the dysfunctional little friend group we get to see at around the halfway point. I thought all the personalities meshed well and created this endearing and messed up group. Things I Didn’t Like Most of the characters sucked (I liked that they were unlikeable, it just made it harder for me to connected to them) and I didn’t really connect with any of the relationships until around the halfway point. And ugh, the cheating. This book just took a little time for me to become invested. I feel like some things were not established as well as they could have been, specifically relating to Sasha’s physical and mental health. This Darkness Mine is a book filled with uneasy plots and complex characters that grip you from the first page. This was a very unique book and honestly, the perfect book for this time of year. Trigger warning for body gore I received a copy of the book from Katherine Tegen Books via Edelwiess in echange for an honest review.
taramichelle More than 1 year ago
*Disclaimer: 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 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.
tpolen More than 1 year ago
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. Thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for the digital ARC.