Friday, September 30, 2011

Review: Damage by Anya Parrish

DAMAGE by Anya Parrish
Pub. Date: September 2011
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
Format: Paperback , 288pp
Age Range: Young Adult
Source: Publisher (PB)
When Dani was eight, she fell from a building. No one believed her claim that she was pushed by Rachel, her imaginary friend. It took years of therapy to convince Dani that Rachel was a product of her own mind.

Now fifteen, Dani wants to make it as a dancer. But a deadly freak accident sends her a terrifying message: Rachel is back, she's real, and she'll stop at nothing to kill Dani. Complicating matters is Jesse, the school bad boy who's being stalked by his own invisible childhood monster.

When Dani and Jesse join forces to learn why their tormenters are back, their investigation leads to a horrifying discovery—and the secret that binds them to each other.

DAMAGE packs a major punch on the speedometer factor. This action packed nonstop plot keeps you wired into the pages. We're introduced to Dani, who's in treatment for diabetes. To shut out the negative effects of her sickness, Rachel, her imaginary friend comforts her. That is, until Dani's stay at the hospital comes to an end. Things go awry real quick after that then Dani has a stay of executions of sorts when Rachel just disappears. Now seven years later, let the chaos begin!

DAMAGE alternates between Dani's and Jesse’s experiences. These two have lived one helluva nightmare that continues to plagues them. I would definitely not want any part of their "imaginary" friends. Talk about a nightmare come to life. As the pieces of their pasts start to fall together after a deadly crash ties them together, things get explosive as Dani and Jesse run for their lives. This book takes you on a ride and never let's up. There's no time to catch your breath as you follow along while the characters try to unravel the mystery behind their pasts. This was a really quick read and before I knew it, I was at the last page.

Overall, the plot moves quickly as events span over a day. This book packs a lot as one event unfolds after another which just pulled me right alongside Dani and Jesse on a roller coaster ride. It kept me entertained that's for sure!

Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

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