ARC Review: This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis

Hi guys! Man, September is halfway done! This is probably one of the busiest months of the entire school year, especially with so many things like auditions and tests going around at this time. Thankfully, I am able to finish a book or two every week or two, which is good compared to my busy schedule right now. Today I am so glad to be reviewing Mindy McGinnis’s This Darkness Mine, which I was jumping up and down when I received it in the mail from Harper Collins. I hope you enjoy!

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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.


4 Stars

Disclaimer: I received a free ARC copy of this book from Katherine Tegen Books and the author in exchange for an honest review. This will not affect my review in any way.

This Darkness Mine is definitely one of the most chilling and creepiest (and strangest) stories I have ever read. I fell in love with McGinnis’s novel from the very beginning, and I found my eyes glued to the pages. It’s very unique, and I mean unique. My mind is still reeling from the aftereffects of this book as I write this review. The author definitely did not disappoint with her latest YA novel; I will easily remember This Darkness Mine as one of the most haunting and makes-your-heart-pound psychological thrillers I have ever read. I am in awe of McGinnis’s writing style and creative imagination in her stories, the first book of hers I read being The Female of the Species. Now I just want to read more of her books!

This book will give you goosebumps and chills throughout your body as you turn each page. I have never been more creeped out from a book than from This Darkness Mine, and I mean it in a good way. This book will haunt you long after you finished the last page. It definitely made my heart pound as I just wanted to know what would happen next. The concept of “two people in one body” was super intriguing, and it both boggled my mind yet fascinated me at the same time. When I first read the part when Sasha got her first message from her supposedly dead sister Shanna (who allegedly had her heart), I became scared. I felt my heart pounding faster in those moments. It was such a great thrill ride!

I was truly fascinated with the concept of the book. I loved the idea of a girl who “shares her heart with her sister.” I think, for the most part, the story was executed well. There were so many surprises and shockers that made me scared and still wanting more at the same time. I really enjoyed how McGinnis tackles various issues, also, in her book, including (without giving away any spoilers) family issues, friendship problems, and having no one understand what you’re going through. Sasha was also a perfect unreliable and flawed narrator, which added a whole new level to the book. This novel will grab you from start to finish.


Now the only thing I have against this book that it raises so many questions that I still need some answers. Although a lot of details were explained by the end of the book, there’s still a few unanswered questions. I might give away a few spoilers in this paragraph, so if you don’t want to be spoiled, feel free to skip this! One of my biggest questions is “Did Sasha on purposely make up Shanna this entire time? Or was she actually hallucinating her?” McGinnis did a great job trying to make sure that as many loose ends were tied up, but I need answers!!!


I definitely would recommend This Darkness Mine to fans of YA thriller authors such as E. Lockhart and Kara Thomas. This is a Fall 2017 release that you do NOT want to miss. This book sucks you in from the start, making you not want to put it down. I know because I read the second half in a single day; it was just that good. I can’t wait to see what Mindy McGinnis has in store next, especially since she’s become an auto-buy author for me. A Madness So Discreet is next on my list and I’m highly looking forward to it. This Darkness Mine will be one of the most unique yet creepiest books you’ll ever read. It will give you goosebumps on your goosebumps as it surprises you with unexpected secrets and revelations.

About the Author

Photo by Amy Parrish

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.

Author Website | Writer, Writer Pants on Fire | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

Happy Reading!

+ J.M.J.

~ Kester

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