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This Darkness Mine

3.22  ·  Rating details ·  2,155 ratings  ·  731 reviews
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 Co
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 10th 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
I never, ever say that I hate a book because I love books so much and it feels so extreme but oh my goodness I hated this book. There were no redeeming qualities, it was weird as hell (and I'm usually all for weird). The writing and plot were so confusing??? Also I found it to be problematic which made me very uncomfortable. I'm really sad I didn't like this since I enjoyed The Female of the Species so much but this was just... ugh. If there's any bright side it's the fact that I read it so quic ...more
"I had a sister. She was never born, and she never died."

If you’ve read the title and seen the cover you should know what’s coming. I’d recommend you do not read this review and just go in blindly, as did I. I don’t want to tell you anything that could spoil this experience for you. But if you still want to know about it, here you go:

This is just as dark and twisted as the title promises. Probably even darker and more twisted. Believe me, it’s crazy, it’s sick, it’s disgusting and shocking. It’s
Elle (ellexamines)
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Megan Abbott-style moral blackness
I don't know if this is a book you can "review". I feel like I'll be spoiling you by saying a single thing. Besides, how can I describe this book? How can I even begin to describe some of the fucked up things that happened in this book?

I think there are two things you need to know about this book. First of all, it doesn't depend on the reveal. There isn't really one concrete reveal - rather, there are several that create a web of craziness.

The other thing you need to know is that this book is r
Korrina  (OwlCrate)
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was one of the weirdest books I've ever read, but I highly enjoyed it. The writing was dark, sexy and scary. And it featured one of the most messed up main characters I've ever read. Mindy McGinnis never fails to surprise and shock me.
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Imagine you find out that you were actually a twin but you absorbed your sibling before you were born. Now imagine that that twin is now trying to take over your mind and body....😵

Sounds a little over the top and it is. Mindy McGinnis is not a woman that's afraid to embrace the dark side.

I'm really not sure what more there is to say except that this was seriously fucked up and I sort of loved it. And that ending....Holy Shit!!! 😨

Recommended to all my fellow weirdo's out know who yo
☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
It's a mess. I'm not going into too many details but it's like a retell of some 80s movie. Beware of spoilers in further review.

Q: I can’t wait to stop being myself. (c)
We have an evil twin? The twin supposedly consumed by our protagonist while in the womb? And is up to her teens digging out bones (WTF!?) of that unborn twin from her gums! I'm not going to go into all the biology details on how things work a bit differently in real life as opposed to this cannibal dream on steroids. There are ch
Trina (Between Chapters)
This was really not for me and not what I expected, but it was readable and I understand the appeal this type of story has for some readers.

Reasons you may like this:
-If you love unlikable characters. The main character is suuuuper judgmental. She has a horrible mindset about sex, there is some girl hate portrayed, she's just a crappy character. I had no problem understanding that this was a character flaw though, and did not feel like the book was shining any of this in a good light. I felt th
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: released-2017
This book made my heart ache - and if you've read it, then you know exactly what i mean by that.

rtc, as in, I hope I can manage to gather my thoughts on all that.

My first ever Mindy McGinnis! I'm ready, I don't know what to expect, I blame Kai for this.
alice (arctic books)
Holy fuck. I'm not even sure what the fuck I read but I know I loved it. More coherent review to come.
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
I truly have no idea how to verbalize my feelings about this. Like. Wtf did I just read
Sarah Elizabeth
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

This was an interesting contemporary story, about a girl who believed that her heart belonged to her dead twin sister.

Sasha was one hell of a character, and it was so hard to know whether to believe her or not! She was so dead set that her heart wasn’t hers, and that her dead twin sister was controlling her by it, and it was difficult to know whether her beliefs were real or delusion.

The storyline in this s
I received an eARC but all opinions/thoughts are my own.

BUDDY READING with someone who took three days to reply to me. You've been exposed Solomon

One word to describe this book?


I have never been both utterly disturbed and confused when reading a book. This Darkness Mine manages to successfully do this, however. I was stunned. Completely stunned into silence. I started to get really into this book while I was waiting at the train station to pick up Caitlin, and I'm pretty sure everyone i
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
McGinnis has become an author that I can count on to be blunt, bold, and to hold no punches. When the going gets tough her heroines are gritty and they know how to get down and dirty.

Her foray in the the YA genre of mystery thriller went off without a hitch. This book was riddled with mystery and intrigue and always left the reader wondering right from wrong and innocent from guilty. Numerous times throughout this story I started to question the heroine herself and had to stop and wonder who exa
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers, edelweiss
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.

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 guara
K. Elizabeth
Sep 09, 2017 marked it as maybe
Shelves: reviewed
This sounds messed up.

I want it.

"I'm digging splinters out of my gums again."

From its’ disconcerting opening line, This Darkness Mine quickly establishes an ominous tone. One that makes it vividly clear that this isn’t your average lighthearted thriller.

Centering on Sasha Stone, an intense, Type-A first chair, whose grades are “a long vowel-filled exhalation of superiority,” this psychological stunner presents one of 2017's most unlikable – and unreliable – narrators. Seriously, even her fictitious frien
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

HOLY SHIT, this was so freaking disturbing. And I liked it.

I didn’t know who to root for because everyone was disgusting in some way, especially Sasha. But I didn’t hate her point of view, I actually enjoyed it just because it was so different and brutally honest and mean.
Sasha’s transition from perfect girl to mean psychotic patient was so gradual that I still hadn’t understood how mean she could be till I reached the very end.

I would call this a real horror, as this was so well done
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
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
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm going to have to step away and gather my thoughts before I write a proper review, because this book blew my mind and I'm still looking for the pieces.

In short, Mindy is yet to disappoint me. This is probably my favorite book of hers by far, and I love how thickly dark it was, even though it didn't seem like it was going to be at first, you know? It's such a twisted, complex story. I loved it!
May 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
dnf @ 67%.

this is honestly one of the most bizarre things I've ever read........but sadly I do not mean that in a good way. I LOVED McGinnis's The Female of the Species, but this one was a confusing mess.
Jul 21, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1 star.

I'm trying to wrap my head around the idea of this book. Actually, no. I do know what happened, but I'm left confused and quite frustrated. This Darkness Mine is a complete mess of a plot, characters, and writing. It's obvious that the story was trying to be like something out of an M. Night Shyamalan movie or something like Shutter Island where there's a surprise twist waiting around the corner. Only there isn't a twist.

This Darkness Mine is marketed as a psychological thriller and is co
Jen Ryland
Oct 09, 2017 marked it as setting-aside-for-now
If you love books that are REALLY out-there, then you should definitely give this one a try.

I did, and This Darkness Mine was a bit too weird for me.

As the blurb indicates, Sasha is a high-achieving high school student who suddenly she finds she has done things she doesn't remember doing, is attracted to a boy she doesn't remember being attracted to, etc.

As the blurb also indicates, Sasha finds out that she had a twin in the womb, a twin who died early on in the pregnancy and whose body was abs
Oct 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
3.5 stars

This is a really hard book to rate. The writing is very good. The characters, although for the most part unlikeable, are nicely fleshed out and balance each other well in the story. The story itself is a real doozy though.

The summary isn't really a very accurate description of what the story is actually about. This is a dark and descriptive narrative of a teenager who is severely unstable, dangerously so, and her mental illness has apparently gone completely unnoticed up to now. There a
Julie Zantopoulos
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mindy's writing isn't for everyone, but woah man, is it for me. I adore her psychological spin on contemporary tales, the horror, the mystery, and the twists she takes. You've read the synopsis, you know that this novel is about, but it digs so much deeper than I initially thought it would.

This isn't a fluffy contemporary, none of her books are. I adore how dark they get, how twisted and messed up they are, and how morally corrupt her characters can be. It was a perfect read for October but hon
I honestly wish I knew what to say about this book. This is my third experience with McGinnis' work so I already knew she's unpredictable. That every book is so different from the other. While A MADNESS SO DISCREET didn't work for me, THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES did. THIS DARKNESS MINE, however, I just don't know.

"I was asking about getting abortions in bio. So of course this means I'm pregnant."
"Uh, except for the whole you're-a-virgin thing. When they showed us those pics of syphilis in sixth g
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
“But I am not done yet, and I am determined, 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 i
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

I... have no idea what to make of this book. This may be one of the hardest reviews I have written. I feel bad because I want to say more, and I feel like this review won't even be helpful, but I am going to do my best. Here are some things I can tell you about my experience with this book:

It's very dark, and quite twisted. The title doesn't lie, this is not going to give you a case
Ashley Marie
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4.5 stars!

A big thank you to Harper Collins for sending me a hardcover copy of this amazing book early for me to review!!!

I'm pretty shocked that this book has finally released and the average rating is getting lower and lower. I don't give out ratings this high often but I thought this book really earned it. While I have all of Mindy's books, I've only read The Female of the Species previous to this one. I really enjoyed it but I wasn't overly impressed with the writing or anything. The prose i
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Mindy McGinnis is an Edgar Award-winning novelist who writes across multiple genres, including post-apocalyptic, historical, thriller, contemporary, mystery, and fantasy.

While her settings may change, you can always count on Mindy’s books to deliver grit, truth, and an unflinching look at humanity and the world around us.

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