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. . . .
*A special thanks to the publisher for this review copy*
Damage Done. Wow. Mind blowing, the ending totally sucker punched me in the gut.
What a crazy read, but crazy in a good way. I really enjoyed this story, and I feel like
I read it at just the right time.
This book had all the right elements, and I’m honestly surprised. Why? Because, I haven’t had much luck with YA thrillers—they just don’t seem to do it all the way right. They tease, and taunt with the prospect of a thrilling story, but usually fall flat—comparing themselves to Pretty Little Liars—hoping to excite readers.
This book is YA, Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl goodness. I fell in love with and pitied the characters and, boy did I have it all wrong. I had my suspicions but it didn’t prepare me for the sickening reality.
Guys this book was so good, let’s talk briefly. Damage Done, tells the story of two twins, one is around, the other isn’t. Lucy Black, used to be Julia Vann. She’s living in the after of her before. She’s trying to start new. She’s got a best friend, and a boy—who will do anything to protect her.
Everything seems to be going well, but secrets are seeping out—and it’s up to Lucy to keep them contained.
Alane, is an amazing best friend—clever without being cliché—and smart, down, there for Lucy. I really loved how loyal and understated tough she was.
Michael, I adored him. I wanted to pluck him out of the book, make him real, and keep him. He had some of my most favorite quotes in the book. He was notoriously sweet, and protective—and sadly naïve. His place in this story—man I wanted to change the ending so he could be happy.
I really liked how calculating some of the characters turned out to be. I loved the pacing and the setup of this story. The author did a fantastic job with this thriller, and I’m honestly very pleased. It’s paced well, and it does its job to shock and thrill you.
Damage done is an all around great read, and I think readers will be pleased. I sure was.