Damage Done by Amanda Panitch

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

Length: 304 pages

Released Date: July 21, 2015

Format: E-book

Source:  Publisher (Netgalley)

Age Group: Young Adults

Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Contemporary

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Damage Done


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, her fresh start has attracted the attention of one of the hottest guys in school. And someone much more dangerous. She thought her brother’s crimes were behind her. But now she’s being forced to confront the dark secrets she thought were safely left behind. How far will Julia go to keep her slate clean?

One thing is clear: The damage done can never be erased. It’s only just beginning. . . .

In this deliciously twisted contemporary thriller, family can be a real killer. For fans of We Were Liarsand readers who love unique multiple perspectives that leave clues like breadcrumbs until they reach the stunning conclusion.

Roller coaster can’t make me feel like what Damage Done did. Not only because of all the heart thumping and the excitement of wanting to go again, but also for all of the unexpected twists that got me every time. So now, I hereby present you, my new best page-turner of the year, Damage Done. 

The Vann’s twins are not your common siblings. They are unusually close, as in sleep in the same room, do the same activities, sign up for the same clubs. They can’t stand being separated, and you always one with the other. Basically, they do everything, everything, together.

Of course, being the uncommon twin, Julia Vann is not your common girl either. She’s seen things, things that people her age would never have to see, or even think about. She has a very happy family, actually, with her loving parents and close twin. Her life can be considered perfect, except for the fact that she has a brother who kill small animals for fun and visit therapists every week.

After the horrifying incident, Julia has a new identity. She is now Lucy Black, a normal girl who doesn’t have a brother, a girl who has her own bedroom, who like to eat chocolate ice-cream and paint her toenails. It’s a new beginning, a new life, or that’s what she thought, until she found out her brother has woken up from his coma and went missing.

Seriously, reading this book was one of a kind experience. I couldn’t take my eyes of it. All the lies, the second-guesses, the mysteries that were revealed little by little through the pages, uh, it makes my mind working nonstop, wondering what will happen next. And the ending, oh the ending, it just got me right there. Julia has a very complex, intricate person, and I wasn’t wrong to doubt her at the first place. Amanda Panitch has created such a terrific work, and what I love about her writing is, although the past sometimes are woven with the present, the story never causing confusion, and that is just fantastic.

Damage Done is not those dark, distressing books where you might shut yourself in your room for days after reading it, but it surely not the right book for you if you want a happy, delightful time. Every minute reading this book is unforgettable for me, and I highly recommend it.

Rating: 10/10

Similar books: The Naturals, Daughter of Deep Silence, I Hunt Killers


3 thoughts on “Damage Done by Amanda Panitch

  1. Um, so this sounds super cool! And hearing it compared to Daughter of Deep Silence (which I loved) makes me even more excited for it. I love complex characters and the mystery aspect sounds fantastic as well. Thanks for the review!

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