Book Review Interview: This Darkness Mine with Dr. Peti Noir

Literature Isn’t DeadHello everyone! It’s been quite awhile since our last interview. With school and extracurricular, I had no time to make new book review interviews. But now we’re back with a treat.

Peti: My friends say I’m the equivalent of bland crackers.

LID: Accurate enough, I suppose. Anyways, today we will be talking to Dr. Peti Noir, a psychologist from the sketchy part of town. Thanks for coming on such short notice, Mr. Noir!

P: I really had nothing better to do.

LID: Glad you chose us then. Have you read This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis? 

P: As a matter of fact I have. Quite the psychological thriller if you ask me. 

LID: Can you tell us a bit more about the novel? 

P: 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 she’s never known it. Why does he act like he knows her so well—too well—when she doesn’t know him at all. Sasha discovers that her by-the-book life began by ending the chapter of another: 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. 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.

LID: Did you believe Sasha Stone, the main character of this story, was actually serious about her twin? Or did she make it up?

P: Honestly, I believe it was all in her head. We all know that crazy people don’t believe they’re crazy and will do anything to prove otherwise. Knowing this, Sasha Stone was an unreliable narrator who cannot see the error of her ways making it hard for the reader to distinguish what is real and what is not real. A thrilling ride if you ask me. The 21st century Edgar Allen Poe.

LID: I completely agree. In those moments when her twin surfaced, I could not understand how they could possibly communicate. It’s one body with space for one mind. Or maybe Sasha thought otherwise. The font they chose for the twin was a nice touch though.

P: The writing was also so..cold maybe be the best way to describe it. One of the best aspects of the novel was the dark plot twists. I know the word darkness is in the title but I was simply not ready for it.

LID: Especially at the end.

P: Most definitely.

LID: What about the other characters in this book? 

P: I am a certified psychologist with an enriching vocabulary but if I needed to classify the secondary characters in few words: Heath is stale cracker, Broke is like a dog you refuse to be angry with, Lily is fake, Isaac is smoky in more ways than one, Sasha’s mom deserved better and the dad was a not a dad.

LID: Couldn’t have said it better myself.

P: Honestly, I loved the novel. I have recommended it to my twisted patients that strongly believe they’re sane. Maybe reading it will show them how those around them feel they cannot or refuse to see the errors of their ways and the consequences that do not trail too far behind. Other than that, readers that love twisted minds and watching it unravel may like it too.

LID: Glad you’re using YA literature to educate your patients. Sometimes ppl think that if a novel isn’t non-fiction they can’t learn something from it. 

P: They just need to read to good ones.

LID: Agreed. Well, that concludes today’s session. Thank you, Peti for joining us today. Any last words you would like to tell our fans? 

P: The first step to being happy is accepting the little darkness that lives in our hearts.

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