I’ve been thinking about the ending and ambiguity of this book’s premise since I finished it a couple weeks ago. The longer it marinates, the more unsure I become.
Yep, you read that right. I read a blurb and I liked it. Turns out, I really liked the book it belonged to, too.
This Darkness Mine kept me wondering through the entire book, and long after. This is the type of psychological thriller that I love to dive into. Man vs Self, or in this case Teenage Girl vs Self. Or is it?
See, that’s the question I can’t answer two weeks after reading the book. And I don’t think you will be able to answer it either if you read it. When. When you read it. Go read it and get back to me with your theory, please.
Normally, I don’t give much info on the book itself. I want it to be a surprise for you, too, if you decide to read it. And I sincerely hope you do read every one of the books I talk about on here. But, I think the only way to express my dumbfoundedness about this novel is to give you a little taste.
Sasha Stone is a clean cut, driven, good girl. Until the day she isn’t. Weird things start happening to her, mentally and physically. Her heart starts to betray her. She loses time… uncovers some dark family secrets. And tries to keep up her perfect image while all of this is unraveling around her.
That alone is enough to make me want to read a book, but what I got was so much more.
The author weaves so much believable ‘scientific explanation’ into her tale of what becomes a deeply disturbing psychological mystery. From chapter to chapter, I didn’t know if Sasha was schizophrenic or had multiple personalities, or was just plain losing her one single mind.
But here’s the kicker. Whatever was going on with her, she had a verifiable heart condition that landed her on a transplant list. So, was her explanation for the crazy events in her life real? (I won’t tell you what it is… it’s a doozie. Go find out for yourself!) Or was it a fabrication of a quickly devolving personality disorder?
I. Don’t. Know.
I finished this book two weeks ago, as I’ve said, and I still don’t know. I keep thinking about it and each time I do, I come up with a different possibility.
Now, some of you who read it may know right away what you think the truth is. I know I did. But the author is so masterful in her way of providing just enough of both sides of the story, that she makes you figure it out for yourself. Even on the last page, there’s compelling evidence for either scenario.
If I was on a jury, we’d be hung because I just can’t decide. And that’s why I love this book so much. I can’t wait to read more from Ms. McGinnis.