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The Damage Done (Lily Moore Mystery #1)

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  497 Ratings  ·  114 Reviews
The Damage Done by Hilary Davidson is the winner of the Anthony Award for Best First Novel

Lily Moore fled to Spain to get away from her troubled, drug-addicted younger sister, Claudia. When Claudia is found dead in a bathtub on the anniversary of their mother's suicide, Lily must return to New York to deal with the aftermath.

The situation shifts from tragic to baffling whe
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by Forge Books (first published September 1st 2010)
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Mar 14, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: julia, Anna
Recommended to Amy by: maria
Wow. A Crime novel and a debut work that was not only good, but crosses the line into great. Actually, "debut" isn't exactly accurate because Davidson has written non-fiction books, articles and short stories galore. And I'm hooked enough to want to go back and read them all. Seriously, if she can transport me to one of the places she wrote travel guides for like she transported me to New York and the worlds of Lily and Claudia, sign me up.

Here is a story about fractured families, emotional ties
May 02, 2011 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a humdinger of a debut novel. I enjoyed reading about the complex protagonist, a traveler writer living in Spain who returns to her New York City apartment to find her sister, a drug addict, has been killed there. Or so it seems. The unexpected twists and turns add to the fun of unraveling the murder mystery.
Sep 25, 2011 Johnny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great debut novel. And from all the awards that THE DAMAGE DONE is getting, I'm not the only one who thinks this. Strong characterization, plotting, and dialogue. In fact, much of the story is told through dialogue, so the necessity for it to sing is essential for its effectiveness. And Davidson nails it.

The real strength of the story is Davidson's ability from the outset to defy convention. By not centering on the police, but making the "investigator" a relative, the story feels very personal,
Sep 29, 2011 Larraine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lily is a travel writer who escaped to Spain leaving behind her sister, Claudia, an on again/off again (mostly on) drug addict, as well as a hovering, grasping fiance, Martin. She has been paying the rent on her New York apartment so that her sister wouldn't have to live on the streets. Claudia is the only relative she has. Both of their parents committed suicide. By the time Lily was in college and Claudia still in high school, both of their parents were gone. After a very long absence she retu ...more
Elizabeth A.
Dec 24, 2010 Elizabeth A. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, what a deliciously tangled web of circumstances does author Hilary Davidson weave in her masterful debut, The Damage Done.

Travel writer Lily Moore is called home to New York from Spain with the horrible news that her sister, Claudia, has been found dead in the apartment they share. Even worse, Claudia’s death appears to be a suicide, tragically timed to coincide with the anniversary of their mother’s suicide. Given she had fled to Spain in large part to get away from the downward spiral that
Robin Spano
Feb 11, 2011 Robin Spano rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
The Damage Done is one of those rare books that succeeds on every level.

Emotionally, I was grabbed from the very beginning. Lily, the first person protagonist, is a person I would want to know. She is smart, insightful, and compassionate beyond belief. She's also fun to spend time with - she has quirks and flaws that make her human. I'd love to get drunk with her one night.

The plot is rich with complexity and layers and false identity, but somehow - a testament to the genius writing, perhaps - I
Feb 07, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first novel by Hilary Davidson and I was lucky enough to win a copy from Good Reads. It was interesting how she discussed the complexity of the relationship between the two sisters. The older sister, Lily Moore, did almost everything right and was a successful writer living abroad. The younger sister, Claudia, was a heroin addict and had tried to get off drugs many times. Lily feels protective of her younger sister even though she gets exasperated with her over her failure to rid he ...more
Heather Fineisen
May 15, 2012 Heather Fineisen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I read about Davidson's second book, The Next One to Fall, and thought it sounded interesting so ordered the first in the series, The Damage Done. I am glad that I did. Lily Moore, a travel journalist, like Davidson, returns from Spain to New York City in search of her troubled drug addicted sister and the pages start turning, twisting, and turning. This is one of those books that you can and will want to read in one sitting, as the pace moves quickly and coherently. The character of Lily and he ...more
Kelly Roll
May 12, 2012 Kelly Roll rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hard to believe this is a first novel. I found the plot to be seamless,each plot point follows logically on its predecessor and we do not have the last minute reveal of a pertinent plot point to tie things together. The characters well developed, intriguing flawed but believable, nor does Ms. Davidson fall back on cliche though I must confess for a desire to have Lily, our heroine, and Bruxton, our tough detective, hook up it wouldn't have been true to the story in this case. I hope the author h ...more
Sheila Beaumont
I really enjoyed this riveting, twisty mystery/thriller, which has one of the most fascinating assortments of complex characters, including many of dubious repute, I've come across lately. I tend to go for complicated plots that involve mistaken identities and the like, so this was just my cuppa tea. I did have one favorite person, Lily's good friend Jesse, who is the most sensible, stable, and good-humored of the cast of characters. I thought it was fun the way he likened Lily to Miss Marple. T ...more
Feb 22, 2013 Meeche rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book!!!!! A must read for everyone...

This book had me hooked from the very first chapter. So refreshing to read a story line that wasn’t predictable and kept me on the edge of my seat right up until the very last page. So many twists and turns throughout that you feel like you are right beside Lily on her journey. I can not wait to read “The Next One to Fall”.
Sep 08, 2011 valpal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent . . .a page turner. I enjoyed the flawed heroine and the cop Bruxton (a pit bull disguised as a man). Interesting plot twists. Recommended!

Kim Fay
Mar 18, 2013 Kim Fay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Last weekend while looking through the program at the Tucson Festival of Books, a description of Hilary Davidson caught my eye. She is a mystery writer who has had a career as a travel writer, and the protagonist of her Lily Moore series is - you guessed it - a travel writer. So I attended one of Hilary's panels and listened to her discuss the origins of her mysteries and various influences on the stories in each one. Having been a travel writer myself, I was hooked even before I bought "The Dam ...more
Oct 14, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lily Moore is a travel writer, living in Spain, who returns to Manhattan after receiving the dreadful phone call that her sister has been found dead. Yet, when she views the body, it is not her sister. Who is it? And where is her sister? Beware: You won't be able to sleep, until you know!
I loved this book! I could not put it down....I kept telling myself "just one more chapter" I had to know what happended next and everytime I thought I knew what happened to Claudia, there was a twist! Lily Moor
Aug 12, 2012 james rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book which is a debut novel by Hilary Davidson. The lead character is a travel writer who has fled to Spain to avoid dealing with her drug-addicted sister. But family is family, and the latter is allowed to live in the travel agent's appartment in New York. One day the corpse of the sister is discovered in the apartment and the police contact the sister in Spain. She arrives in NYC and when asked to identify her sister, she tells the police that corpse is no one she recognizes.

Benoit Lelièvre
Superb. It has the lean grit of Lawrence Block's good novels and a sophisticated storyline that reminded me of European graphic novel Blake & Mortimer. It would make a great animation movie, I think. Lily's a well studied mix of a career-driven women and a scorned little girl looking for her family. Davidson is very subtle about that. It's all in the unsaid, in what Lily longs for and what she wants to hide to people. It's the kind of thing I like in a novel and Hilary Davidson does it very ...more
Lynn Sheene
Mar 10, 2011 Lynn Sheene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started this book on a Friday evening and finished 3am Saturday morning. I could not force myself to put it down! It is a smart modern mystery with an engaging woman protagonist and fast-paced twists and turns. I loved Davidson's multi-dimensional characters who all came with their own shadows, the descriptions of NYC, the touches of noir and the references to great old movies. THE DAMAGE DONE inhabits a dangerous world but one I'd love to visit again. I'll just have to start reading earlier i ...more
Jul 17, 2012 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Award winning (Best First Mystery, Anthony Awards, 2011) mystery. Travel writer Lily Moore is called home from Spain to New York City when her younger, drug-addicted sister is found dead on the anniversary of their mother's suicide. But the body in the morgue turns out to be an imposter who'd assumed Claudia's identity months before. Where is the real Claudia? Lily's search for her sister, aided and abetted by her best friend and two of New York's slighly rogue finest, leads her into many strang ...more
Sep 06, 2011 Jodi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Anthony nominee for best first novel. Lots of twists and turns in this one! Interesting characters. I really liked Lily, Tariq, the police, and Lily's friend...whose name escapes me who she stays with and helps her investigate. Set in NYC. Lots of information about drug addiction, but doesn't drag the story down. This is a page turner kind of book. There are maybe a few more twists than necessary. Recommended!
Holly Robinson
Feb 28, 2012 Holly Robinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hilary Davidson is the queen of the cliff hanger--I couldn't put this book down! It's a sizzling mystery with a very likable main character--a travel writer with a passion for solving the mystery surrounding her sister's death--snappy dialogue, a terrific sense of setting (gritty NYC) and a lot of well-developed secondary characters who add to the fun. Definitely a mystery writers whose series will be on my bookshelf--I just ordered her second novel.
Andy Plonka
Jul 09, 2011 Andy Plonka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An American travel writer living in Spain gets word that her sister has been found dead in her NYC apartment. When she goes to identify the body she finds it is not her sister. This raises the possibility that her sister is still alive especially since her sister, a drig addict has done some sensational things in the past to get attention and/or money. A first novel and a good effort.
Jan 22, 2012 Stacia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction, 2012
This was a very well-written debut novel. The pace is fast without being frenetic, the plot is full of twists without being convoluted, and the characters were well developed. I'm looking forward to the author's next book.
Brandon Nagel
Feb 20, 2013 Brandon Nagel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I am blow away. Some of the best dialog I have read in a long time. The characters of the story are complex and unforettable. I have the next book sitting next to me which I am going to begin reading immediately. Highly recommended. One of the best I have read this year.
Kristin R
This is a well-done debut novel from Hilary Davidson. Lily Moore, our heroine, is impulsive, teetering on the edge of addiction, and emotionally spent. She surrounds herself with some awesome, supportive people, and a few flakes as well. She's plucky and takes matters into her own hands.
Marik Berghs
Feb 20, 2012 Marik Berghs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This plot provided a twisting trail, with plenty of psychological teasers. Don't try to figure it out, it delivers what it promises—a great mystery and complex characters. Liked it a lot and buzzed through. It looks like there is a second book, which I will definitely track down.
Daryl Gerber
Sep 02, 2011 Daryl Gerber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I truly enjoyed this book. I opened it and finished in a day. I read another review that said "emotional roller coaster" and I have to agree. A woman tortured by her sister's death wrenched my heart.
Oct 09, 2012 Maureen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book - it had a good spin at the end. I love books with strong women as the main characters.
Mar 12, 2012 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are a lot of different story lines and characters floating around in The Damage Done, but remarkably, they all coalesce into a denouement that incredibly tight and makes total sense.
Aug 01, 2011 Mollie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagine the cadence of noir set in a modern, hip setting, characters that grab you by the heart, and a plot full of twists and turns. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait for her next book.
Elizabeth Connelly
A smart, well drawn world of characters in which each twist makes you question who's friend, who's foe. Can't wait to see what Lily's up against in The Next One to Fall!
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Hilary Davidson’s first novel, THE DAMAGE DONE (Forge, 2010) won the 2011 Anthony Award for Best First Novel, and the Crimespree Award for Best First Novel. (It was also a finalist for the Macavity and Arthur Ellis awards). It launched a series featuring travel writer Lily Moore, and continued with 2012's THE NEXT ONE TO FALL and 2013's EVIL IN ALL ITS DISGUISES. Her first standalone novel, BLOOD ...more
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