Damage Done by Amanda Panitch



Release Date - July 2015

Amanda Panitch
Random House

Book Review by Jessica Maguire


I'm guessing that young adult readers, ages 14 and up, will enjoy this novel as much as I did. Lucy Black is an interesting and intriguing protagonist. Sure, she's just an ordinary teenager, living with her parents, going to school, and catching the eye of the school's hottest guy. Or so it seems.

Nothing in this novel turns out to be quite what it appears to be. Lucy didn't start out life as Lucy. In another time, another place, she was Julia Vann and Julia had twin brother. But a tragedy left Julia an only child.

Just as Julia is finally getting used to being Lucy and getting settled into her new life, a person from her past shows up and starts following her. Lucy is terrified and wants to know why this figure from her past has returned.

But what is Lucy so scared of? What horrible secrets does her past hold? I won't tell you! But what I will tell you is that it may not be what you think and the truth will leave you intrigued and surprised.

This well written, intelligent, psychological thriller was one I finished in one sitting; I just couldn't put it down. Little clues here and there brought out my inner sleuth as I tried to figure out what Lucy's dark secrets were and how the story would play out. 


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