Title: Damage Done
Author: Amanda Panitch
Published: July 21st 2015 by Random House Books for Young Readers
Source: eARC courtesy of 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..."
Thoughts: Okay, so going into this novel, I truly didn't know what to expect. Take a look at the cover? Crazy creepy, right? Then you read the summary, and it doesn't seem too bad. Well, this is one of those cases where the cover speaks more than the summary does. We're talking spine-chilling, did I just hear something in my house eerie.
So, I know you're not suppose to start a sentence with so, but I'm doing it anyway. The best way I can think of describing this rather addicting novel is that it's similar to a Quentin Tarantino flick. You have to pay attention, and sometimes the narrative becomes a tad confusing (and deceptive), but the important thing is to pay attention. The road ahead is dark and convoluted.
I'm trying really hard not to drop spoilers. With that said, my review is going to be a rather vague one. There are just so many plot twists, and I'd hate to ruin it for someone. I will say that I think Lucy, our mc, is a compelling narrator who kept me on the edge of my seat and had me questioning whether she was truly a victim or something else entirely. She had this Gone Girl vibe to her that both terrified and intrigued me.
Overall, I really enjoyed this novel and think you guys will too. Like I said, vague review, but you're going to have to trust me here. If you love mystery thrillers with generally messed up characters and situations, this is the book for you. Just be sure not to read this in the dark or when you're alone.
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