A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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. . . .
Oh goodness, how to describe this book without giving anything away? Damage Done was the type of book it is best not knowing much about. The experience of reading this story and watching it unfold was so enjoyable and thought provoking I wouldn’t want to take that from a future reader.
I knew little going in other than this book was a thriller. I loved the idea that this story dealt with a main character that had experienced something traumatic and had to come to terms with the fall out. I think many times books focus on the build up to an event which tends to be the climax and then the reader is left wondering what became of the characters. In Damage Done we start the story well after the traumatic event has occurred and work our way back from Lucy/Julia’s memories and experiences.
The story was told in first person from Julia’s point of view. Interspersed between the chapters are journal entries from a philologist which gave little tid-bits into the story the reader wouldn’t otherwise know. Prepare yourself for a page turner that keeps you guessing the outcome.
Though Damage Done had some action sequences the story focused most on the characters and the physiological impact of the events that led to them picking up their lives and completely moving on- even taking new names. This was immediately mesmerizing to me and I loved watching how the characters cracked at the edges. I loved peeking into their memories and thoughts trying to understand Julia/Lucy and what exactly had occurred.
I thought that Panitch did an incredible job creating her characters. I found them, especially Julia, to be interesting. The side characters are less detailed and more one dimensional but in this book this actually adds to the story rather than detracting.
Damage Done was a well executed physiological thriller that was thought provoking, tense and fast paced. I really enjoyed guessing what happened within those 22 minutes that changed Julia’s life forever.
Thank you to Random House for providing a copy for giveaway! Because the publisher will be providing the giveaway copy this is US only.
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