Blog Tour Review: Damage Done by Amanda Panitch

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blog Tour Review: Damage Done by Amanda PanitchDamage Done by Amanda Panitch
Published by Random House BFYR on July 21, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
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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. . . .

To be perfectly frank, I wasn’t sure about Damage Done, but I was curious. I took a chance and agreed to join the blog tour, always a risky business with a review post. In this case, my curiosity didn’t kill the cat, though Ryan killed a bunch of them in this book. Yeah, it’s dark. Damage Done is dark. DARK. D. A. R. K. Damage Done does thriller right because from the moment I picked it up, I was anxious and desperate to reach the final pages to learn everything.

From the very start, it’s clear that Damage Done is a dark and creepy book. That bit is actually deceptively light. With each chapter, you learn more and more terrible stuff. So yeah, if you’re looking for something light, RUN AWAY. However, if you’re into dark and creepy thrillers, if you’re into all of those crime shows, you very much will enjoy Damage Done and devour it like I did. I spent most of the book completely on edge and my pace at the end was frenzied.

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Julia has obviously been through a lot before the move. Now going by Lucy at her new high school, she’s managed to make a good friend, Alane, and her crush, Michael, has started flirting with her. You can’t help rooting for Julia to get to have something good in her life. It doesn’t hurt that Michael is really adorable, though he’s kind of cruel because he will make you really hungry with all the cooking. Enjoy the lighter moments while you can, because you spend the whole book waiting for the other shoe to drop.

I will say that I figured out the resolution about half way through the novel. Personally, that didn’t bother me because there were little details I wasn’t sure about, and the story was just so compelling. Plus, being fairly certain my suspicion was correct, I could sit back and appreciate the way that the narrative pushed the story along. View Spoiler »

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The one thing that rang false to me was that Julia’s parents didn’t send her to a psychologist or therapist. Yes, the whole family forged new identities to get away from what Ryan had done in their old hometown, but with doctor/patient confideniality I would think the parents would still want to get her help. Amnesia aside, there’s no way that Julia wouldn’t be traumatized; even people who haven’t been through anything particularly horrible would benefit from therapy, so it just seemed odd. Then again, her parents are bury their heads in the sand sorts.

This is one of those books that is pretty much impossible to review, because there’s so little that I can actually talk about. Forgive me my brevity. Maybe you should just read it so that we can discuss it when we’re both in the know. 😉

Favorite Quote:

“You promised me hot chocolate,” I said. “I’m not kissing you until I get it.”

He heaved a gusty sigh into my neck, shivering every nerve from my collar bone to the underside of my chin. “Think about how that sounded,” he said.

“I’m basically a chocolate prostitute,” I said. “And I’m okay with it.”

Tl;dr – Review in a GIFfy:

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Penguin Random House has generously provided a giveaway copy of Damage Done for one US reader.

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3 responses to “Blog Tour Review: Damage Done by Amanda Panitch”

  1. Lyn Kaye says:

    Wait, before I comment any futher, is this line figurative or literal?
    “In this case, my curiosity didn’t kill the cat, though Ryan killed a bunch of them in this book. ”
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  2. Josie Reed says:

    Thanks so much!

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