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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Blog Tour: Damage Done by Amanda Panitch

Damage Done by Amanda Panitch
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 07/21/2015
Age range: 14 to 17
Source: Publisher
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. . . .

I went into this book blind without reading other reviews and I have to say that Damage Done really captured my attention; I mean you’re hit with some major shock value at the beginning of this book. It was so unnerving at times that I couldn’t help but see how everything unfolded.  Oh Lucy/Julia!  There was something nagging at me as her story unfolded. I just had a feeling about her and I had to follow through and sift through the bread crumbs.

Even though the twist was foreshadowed, the past/present narration was well written and kept my attention. This book had me rethinking my definition of a psychopath, especially with everything going on with mass shootings around the globe.

As a psychological thriller, Lucy’s unreliable narration definitely worked for the most part.  However, I didn’t feel the connection with the secondary characters. Overall, Damage Done was a good read.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars



  1. This is author Panitch's debut novel and she did one fine job. Fast paced, it is full of suspense, well developed characters, and a plotline that is full of detours, road blocks, twists, and turns. I'll definitely be keeping my eyes open for Panitch's future work.

  2. Disturbing. Creepy. Panitch builds a chilling atmosphere with her well-written prose. This psychological thriller is multilayered with suspense and emotion as a young girl confronts a dark truth. The struggles of protagonist Julia/Lucy are heart-wrenching as written by the expert hand of Panitch.

  3. Page-turning, suspenseful and keeps you guessing til the end! I couldn't put this book down! The end...well I certainly wasn't prepared for that plot twist! This is my favorite read so far! I look forward to reading more from this author!


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