Synopsis from Edelweiss:
From Edgar Award–winning author Mindy McGinnis comes a dark and riveting psychological thriller about a dangerous split-personality love triangle that begins to fracture the life Sasha Stone has so meticulously built. A gripping look at what it means to give away the heart . . . that isn’t yours to give.
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, each step ticking like a metronome.
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.
About: This Darkness Mine is a young adult thriller written by Mindy McGinnis. It will be published on 10/10/17 by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, 384 pages. The genres are young adult, mystery/thrillers, contemporary, and fiction. Please see below for more information about the author.
My Experience: I started reading This Darkness Mine on 8/9/17 and stopped at 68% on 8/14/17. This book started out interesting. I like Sasha’s strict scheduling to achieving her goals of being valedictorian, first chair with her music, and to guarantee her entrance into music school. I like her friends Brooke and Lilly, especially Brooke and her uncensored interests. I like how music is being embedded everywhere in the story. Then the story move into hospital stays that I find lack of suspense and thrill for me to read. I do like the blunt reality of how patients wait to receive a heart transplant. The lack of sugarcoating is actually a breath of fresh air.
In this book, readers will follow first person point of view of Sasha Stone, a valedictorian with a plan. She stays on a path and focuses on doing everything good to obtain success. Sasha has a boyfriend, Heath since middle school and they have a routine. Out of the blue, bad boy with cigarette smells, Isaac Harver texts her and asks to meet up. When they hold hands, the process was smooth as if they had done it many times before. Her body walks to Isaac before her mind makes the decision to take a step back. Isaac is not on Sasha’s agenda, so how he becomes part of her life is a mystery. One day Sasha was to bring a baby picture for the senior school year book and found a picture of her ultrasound. In it, the ultrasound shows that she has a twin but the twin, Shanna, was never born or died. The twin was absorbed into Sasha while in the womb, so now it appears that her sister is inside of her and they both want different things. When Isaac comes to visit and Sasha doesn’t go to meet him, Sasha ends up falling out of the window 20ft high to stop Isaac from leaving. In the hospital, Sasha learns that Shanna may not exist but in fact she may have some kind of heart disease and require a transplant. Sasha still believe Shanna exists despite what the doctor says and the impending heart transplant… the ending is a mystery.
This book is well written and the lack of sugarcoating to what’s going on at the hospital is surprisingly funny. I like the bluntness in the characters’ way of expressing their thoughts. At the same time, I lose interest in reading this book because hospital stays and impending death due to health reasons just sags my excitement. I can’t handle reading about cancer patients so I can’t handle reading about patients with heart problems. I’m stopping at 68%. I still recommend this book to everyone because it’s good to be aware of the reality of a situation when doctors won’t tell you because they want you to have hope.
Pro: cover, personality, music, blunt, humor
Con: (I have been unintentionally reading a lot of mental health books lately and I need a break) Nothing against the book.. I didn’t realized this book deals with it.
I rate it 4 stars!
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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 The Female of the Species, Given to the Sea, and the Edgar Award–winning novel A Madness So Discreet. A magna cum laude graduate of Otterbein University with a BA in English literature and religion, Mindy lives in Ohio. (Photo obtained from the author’s website and info obtained from Edelweiss).
***Disclaimer: Many thanks to the author Mindy McGinnis, publisher Katherine Tegen Books, and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.