Published by Random House Children's Books on July 21st 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Thrillers & Suspense, Love & Romance, Family, Siblings, Mysteries & Detective Stories
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"Teen fans of Gillian Flynn and James Patterson will embrace Damage Done and clamor for more." --Booklist
22 minutes separate Julia Vann's before and after.
Before: Julia had a twin brother, a boyfriend, and a best friend.
After: She has a new identity, a new hometown, and memories of those twenty-two minutes that refuse to come into focus. At least, that's what she tells the police.
Now that she's Lucy Black, she's able to begin again. And her fresh start has attracted the attention of one of the hottest guys in school, a boy who will do anything to protect her. But when someone much more dangerous also takes notice, Lucy's forced to confront the dark secrets she thought were safely left behind.
One thing is clear: The damage done can never be erased. It's only just beginning. . . .
Tomorrow Amanda Panitch’s debut Damage Done hits bookshelves – and if you love psychological thrillers, YA or otherwise, you should run to pick up a copy. This one is delicious! I took this book to Comic-Con last week and could not put it down. Imagine all the crazy distractions at Comic-Con, all the people, panels, and all-around mayhem- but nothing was going to keep me from reading this book! Thankfully I spent a lot of time waiting in lines (I can’t believe I just said that) and had this book to distract me. This is one chilling and unsettling read that left me reeling. Read on to find out more about this page-turner and enter to win a copy for yourself.
In Damage Done, Julia is living a new life and now goes by Lucy- she and her parent’s skipped town to escape media scrutiny after a school shooting involving her brother Ryan. She’s moved on remarkably well – she has a new best friend and a popular swimmer boyfriend – but someone from the past rocks Lucy’s safety net and threatens to expose all of her family’s closely guarded secrets. Will Lucy ever be able to escape the past? This book gives us a new look at the family of a school shooter – why does it happen and how do you keep on living?
Julia/Lucy is a strong narrator who I wanted to see heal and thrive in her new life. She’s been through a lot, and it’s clear she missing her brother- her “other half.” At the same time, she made me so anxious and uneasy. Her selective memory about the traumatic event leaves the reader in the dark, though flashbacks (and another pov) slowly fill in the blanks. Debut author Panitch did a brilliant job with this narrator’s voice and constructing this twisty plot.
In this thriller, a chilling line or a reveal from the past helps build suspense. Savvy readers may put it all together early but I promise that doesn’t make the story any less unsettling. Questions and scenarios pop up throughout the story- some are seemingly meaningless things but they add up to something really disturbing.
I just love a good mystery thriller in the summer- something you can get lost in quickly- perfect to take on vacation. Damage Done totally fits the bill. Damage Done is the book I’d hoped We Were Liars would be- if you want a book that will keep you up all night reading this is it.
This is the quote that sold me on Damage Done and I think says it all:
“In her incredible debut novel, Amanda Panitch leaves you on the edge of your seat. Prepare to be stunned. Prepare to be torn apart.” –Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author of Bad Feminist
About the Author:
AMANDA PANITCH grew up next to an amusement park in New Jersey and went to college next to the White House in Washington, DC. She now resides in New York City where she works in book publishing by day, writes by night, and lives under constant threat of being crushed beneath giant stacks of books. Visit Amanda online at amandapanitch.com and follow her on Twitter @AmandaPanitch.
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