This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis
Posted on 04/22/2020
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"This book grabs your attention from word one. Every page takes you deeper into a story that seems unbelievable, is suspenseful, and keeps you thinking until the last page.”

Courtney Brown, librarian, Red Bank High School

This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnisis the Hamilton Book of the Week nominated by Red Bank High School. 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. But suddenly there’s a fork in the road in the shape of Isaac Harver. Her body shifts toward him when he walks by, and her skin misses his touch even though his touch she has never known. Why does he act as he knows her so well—too well—when she doesn’t know him at all?

Editorial Reviews


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“...[A]n interesting read which addresses family issues and mental health, while blending the elements of a psychological thriller. Recommended for older teens and fans of disturbing yet satisfying plot twists.” (School Library Journal)

“This psychological thriller’s final scene will leave readers wondering if they’ve been duped into sympathy or if more is required.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)

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Hamilton Book of the Week seeks to move Hamilton County Schools closer to district goals found in the Future Ready 2023 action plan.  We hope to encourage kids to read more books for fun by sharing books popular at area schools. 

  Goals more students reading will address include:

  • Reading improvement will increase the number of students on-track or mastering English language arts
  • Improve the district ACT score to a district average of 21    
  • Reach the target goal of a 90 percent graduation rate by 2023