Title: This Darkness Mine
Author: Mindy McGinnis
Release Date: October 10, 2017
“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.