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Damage Done

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  2,270 ratings  ·  487 reviews
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 bedroo
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 21st 2015 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
The major problem with this book is that it is sold as a Gone Giri-ish thriller. It involves mass murder. It involves amnesia. It involves a fake new identity, although it didn't quite take the witness-protection route. Sounds great, right?!

I've felt more thrilled while eating a sandwich made with one of those plastic cheese slices.

There's just really not much I can say about this book because it was just so bloody bland. It was emotionless. Of course there's romance---this is an YA book, after
Wendy Darling
3.5 stars This thriller has a pretty great reveal--and while I think it was telegraphed fairly early, the premise holds up under scrutiny and the twist won't be spoiled for you even if you guess it.

I do wish, however, that the entire book had been written with the same tautness and electricity as its last three chapters. I didn't love the writing style or the characterizations (the boyfriend Michael is particularly cartoony) before that, and almost everything that wasn't specifically related to
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

Re : Damage Done fail

Damage Done presents as a psychological thriller following on the success of Gone Girl (which I haven't read yet, I trust other readers on this), Dangerous Girls and Dangerous Boys (which I loved). It starts quite well with an unreliable narrator, Lucy, who's afraid her family's past is about to explode in her face. Her family's past being her brother shooting eleven students in their former high-school. Now that's a prime example of a shitty family history, isn't it? But we
C.G. Drews
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to C.G. by: Zoe
Okay WOW. This was simultaneously glorious and terrifying. And you know how awesome glorious/terrifying books are? FREAKING AWESOME, THAT'S WHAT. Normally I am not thrilled, particularly, by thrillers. But oohhhh, this one did good. Although I honestly suspected what the plot twist would be, but not the extent of it. SO HUZZAH ALL AROUND.

So basically it's the story of twins, Julia and Ryan, and the aftermath of Ryan shooting 11 people at their old school. He's in a coma and Julia + parents are t
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Random House Children's and NetGalley.)

“You have to understand, my brother and I were born hand in hand. As in, we literally had our fingers entwined inside the womb.”

This was an interesting YA mystery story, and the answer as to what had happened was even more messed-up than I guessed!

Julie seemed a bit traumatised by what had happened to her, and once we began to findout what had happened it was c
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

I am a little surprised by how much I ended up enjoying this book! I have to admit that I went into this book with rather low expectations so the fact that this turned out to be really good makes me very happy. The more I read of the story the more I was hooked. I had to leave for work with only 4 chapters of the book left to read and I found myself sneaking peeks all day until I finished. This is not my normal behavior but I just had to know
Marla Mei
This review is also posted at Her Book Thoughts! (Oh, did I forget to mention? Yes, I just recently became one of the new co-bloggers at Her Book Thoughts! and will also be posting my reviews there from now on.)

Early praises for this book were very positive and it was even dubbed as the ‘Gillian Flynn for the YA set.’ I've never read any Gillian Flynn but I know how highly praised and raved her books are so I wouldn’t go so far as to calling it that. Because honestly, Damage Done is mediocre at
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Brace yourself because this review might be all over the place only because my thoughts are as well.

How did I feel about this crazy messed up read? At times upset at the parents, confused about Ryan and Julia's relationship, and other times mad at the psychologist who was obsessed with getting into the BAU instead of the actual case. And other times, completely enthralled with the story and wondering what possible messed up twist was coming, because I knew it was coming, it was only a matter of
Adventures of Nikka
I received an advance digital copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review ― thanks!

Read an ARC here

Wow. That was one hell of a ride.

I couldn't even begin to explain how this book made me feel. I'm out of words. But I'll try, it's the least I can do.

Julia and Ryan Vann are twins.
Once upon a time, 11 people died in the band room.
Ryan was responsible.
Julia was in the band room.
She's the only one who got out alive.
Now "Lucy Black", Julia and her parents moved to the other
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

‘I only did what I did to protect myself. I didn’t have any other options.’

Julia Vann had the seemingly perfect life before the incident. She belonged to a happy family, had a twin brother she was incredibly close to, close friends, and a boyfriend she thinks she could love. The incident took that all away and left her and her family packing up their belongings to move to a new town with new names where nobody knows who they are. Lucy Black has a chance to start over
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

Damage Done is one of those books that push us far outside our comfort zones, making us feel confused, scared and completely disgusted. It was a considerable feat for Amanda Panitch and a huge risk to take for a debut novel, but being courageous enough to stretch the boundaries or even erase them altogether can certainly pay off, and it did.

We meet Julia Vann as she’s getting accustomed to her new life, in a new city and under a different name. Her parents packed up and ran from their past
I don't even want to say anything about this book because it's one of those you just need to read for yourself, but I read it when it was still in manuscript form and Oh. My. God. You could not pry my Kindle from my hands with a crowbar while I was devouring it. If you love psychological thrillers, you need this book like you don't even know. ...more
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Wow. Wow. This was amazing.

I really liked Lucy. Being in her head was captivating and I was hooked within the first few pages of starting. She had great friends in Alane and Michael and the dynamic of the friendship was interesting to see as things started to get revealed.

I refuse to say anything about what the plot is about. I had 3 different theories while reading and none of them were correct. And when I finally got the truth of everything, I was blown away.

The subject matter definite
Max Baker
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Amanda Panitch has created an incredibly fast-paced thriller in Damage Done. One of my favourite reads in 2015, this book is going to be a sure fire hit! With its mysterious plot, perfect protagonist and amazing attention to detail, readers will be furiously flipping pages to find out what happens next.

Damage Done tells the story of Lucy Black, formerly Julia Vann. Though the summary may make the book sound nothing like a thriller, trust me, this book will blow you
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Damage Done is chilling. Twins Julia and Ryan share a bond and even as children, becoming each others shoulder to lean on and source of strength as they age. Their relationship seemingly goes beyond the realm of twin or sibling even, with even their peers questioning how healthy their bond truly is. So Julia begins pulling away, dating and sharing her life usually reserved for Ryan and Ryan only. But Ryan's issues begun long before their teens, as a child
Suze Lavender
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Julia Vann's name is now Lucy Black. She and her parents made a new start, they needed it. Nobody knows who Lucy really is and finally she's starting to have a normal life again. She has a best friend, she meets a guy she really likes who becomes her boyfriend and nobody at school is angry at her. Julia's twin brother has killed a lot of people at their old school, he shot them in cold blood. Julia was the only one who walked out alive, but she doesn't remember what really happened. She's told t ...more
Rhea Dsouza
First things first: This isn’t a bad book at all. It’s quite readable, highly entertaining, and if you ignore all the issues (Imma get to that) then it can be quite an unforgettable experience. So why the low rating? Because this book didn’t work for me AT ALL. In fact, this book is riddled with issues I’m not sure I can even cover in the course of a review. But that’s my problem and you might really, really enjoy the book when you read it for yourselves.

Now that the disclaimer’s out of the way,
Dec 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The publisher's summary for this book is rather vague, probably because this could've easily been brushed aside as "just another school shooting book". But that event takes place BEFORE this story starts. Julia has a new name, and lives in a new town, but when she notices someone following her, her past life isn't in the past for long.

Fewer than 300 pages, Damage Done is a short, snappy suspense with plenty of twists and turns. You'll immediately want to re-read it after completion. This psychol
Nikki S
COMPLETE. TOTAL. MIND. FUCK. Was this really a debut? Real review to come. (Real rating 4.5 because I guessed whodunit.)

Honestly, I wasn't prepared for this book. My initial thoughts upon finishing this were to write "Holy. Ish." as the review and leave it that way because OMG. But I had to pull myself together because I need everyone to know about this book and read it and love it and love it some more like I did.
Before the moments that changed her life, Julia had a twin brother, a boyfriend
Beena Khan
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: erotica
Damage Done is a well-written thriller about twin characters, Julia and her sociopath brother. Her brother has killed people before, he is inhuman to other people's emotions but his twin sister. Julia is now in a hometown with her family with a new identity, she is trying to start fresh, but someone from her past is not letting her. She's a complex character, although, I did like her overall. This thriller has plenty of potential, I even liked the romance between Julia and the male lead, he was ...more
Jen Ryland
This was a pretty good YA thriller. I wasn't incredibly emotionally invested in it, and I did guess the ending early on: (view spoiler) This kind of (view spoiler) ending seems in fashion in thrillers -- and in YA thrillers -- these days.

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Brenda Mckenna
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books I've ever read. It had me questioning all sorts of my assumptions, I loved the characters, and I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN (well, it was on my computer screen, but you get the idea). If you love psychological mysteries, dark humor, and characters that will haunt you forever, I highly recommend Amanda Panitch's debut! ...more
The Reading Raccoon
Nov 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Wildly unrealistic, grating main character, giant bummer of a book that makes you need a shower
Jul 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: thriller
I see quite a few other people have enjoyed the book so I have hidden my review because it contains spoilers. I don't want to ruin things for people who would like the book but there is no way for me to explain my rating without revealing plot points.

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Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view.

Wow, just wow. I would like to apologise in advance for this review, as I'll never be able to gush enough over how amazing Damage Done is.

First of all, let me say I wasn't really expecting much from this book. When I saw it on NetGalley a few months ago, it was definitely a case of cover love, and the fact that it was read now sealed the deal. Since then, I have seen an influx of flattering re
“Damage Done” is a book I expected to enjoy if the description was any indication, but I had no idea just how far beyond my expectations it would go. It’s the perfect blend of mystery, thriller, and to be quite honest, “messed up.”

Julia Vann is living a new life after a horrific crime committed by her twin brother, Ryan. The story is told in her voice, which is very well-written and easy to read. While her circumstances are extraordinary, she is going through many things that are relatable to an
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wow. All I can say is wow. I finished this book cover to cover in one night because I literally could not put it down-- and that rarely happens with me. I cannot go too deeply into the plot of the story, as that may give away some of the thrill of actually reading the book. But, oh my goodness, was it good.

Damage Done follows Julia Vann as she and her family take on secret identities after her twin brother killed 11 of their friends and classmates in the band room and left Julia to live before t
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone who likes to read books about psychos and incest
WHOA! This book was crazy! This is pre-order material!

I'm busy right now but I'll try to write a review later, when I find the time.

Dec 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
Okay. When I went into this book, the only thing that I knew about it was what the Goodreads summary said. Perhaps that was my first mistake.

This is not a spoiler, really, because you find out within the first few pages, so I'm not going to tag it (I will for all of the other plotty discussion), but this book deals with a school shooting. This is where my dislike of this book first started to show. School/mass shootings are one of my biggest anxiety points, to the point where I have nightmares a
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Amanda Panitch spent most of her childhood telling stories to her four younger siblings, trying both to make them laugh and scare them too much to sleep. Now she lives in New York City, where she writes dark, funny stories for teens, kids, and the pigeons that nest on her apartment balcony. You can follow her on Twitter @AmandaPanitch, and visit her online at


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