ARC Review: Damage Done by Amanda Panitch

Book cover for Damage Done by Amanda Panitch.

I received an e-ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Title: Damage Done
Author: Amanda Panitch
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: July 21, 2015
Stars: 5/5

Summary (from Goodreads): “Exceedingly clever and surprisingly unsettling, Damage Done is an unforgettable read.” –Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author of Made for You

“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

“A brilliant thriller. Gillian Flynn for the YA set.” –Amy Christine Parker, author of Gated

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. She’s even getting used to the empty bedroom where her brother should be. 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. . . . 

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Amanda Panitch has created an incredibly fast-paced thriller in Damage Done. One of my favourite reads in 2015, this book is going to be a sure fire hit! With its mysterious plot, perfect protagonist and amazing attention to detail, readers will be furiously flipping pages to find out what happens next.

Damage Done tells the story of Lucy Black, formerly Julia Vann. Though the summary may make the book sound nothing like a thriller, trust me, this book will blow your mind. Honestly, nothing else can be said about the plot of the book because it might spoil the super intense ending that left me processing the events for days!

Lucy is an amazing narrator for Damage Done. She is unpredictable and clever, keeping the reader on their toes. Lucy also tends to make good choices about her actions, preventing the reader from potentially closing the book. She will lead the reader to dangerous locations, hide her schemes from them until they are carried out, and twist the plot repeatedly.

An interesting component to Damage Done is the amount of backstory given. Whenever the characters discuss an event unknown to the reader, Panitch provides information through various flashbacks. She has used them in the perfect way, feeding readers information through Lucy’s memories. This writing technique works so well for this book!

Damage Done is an awesome mystery that will keep readers constantly guessing with its well written plot, amazing main character and its use of flashbacks. Fans of We Were Liars should definitely read Damage Done. The plot is not similar, but the format is almost identical, with the major plot twist at the end. It is truly unforgettable and will leave readers digesting its contents long after reading.

2 thoughts on “ARC Review: Damage Done by Amanda Panitch

  1. sydneyeditor1 says:

    Oh my this is sooo intriguing! i’ve read a couple of “Gone Girls” sorts of books recently, and am hooked on well-done deceptive writing — but never one for the YA genre. Thanks for the heads up!

  2. dianeo says:

    The plot is interesting to me, and it sounds really well written. Thanks for the review, I’m going to have to check this one out.

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