Damage Done by Amanda Panitch
Published by Penguin Random House Australia
Can bad events ever be left behind? Amanda Panitch’s gripping Young Adult thriller Damage Done demonstrates that no matter what we do to dismiss them, dark secrets from the past invariably return to haunt the present.
Lucy Black is not who her friends at school believe her to be. She has reinvented herself. Lucy’s real name is Julia Vann and she is a twin. She was very close to her twin brother Ryan, until he committed a crime so tragic and terrible that Lucy and her parents had to disappear from their old life and make a fresh start far away from home.
When Lucy is questioned by her best friend at her new school about her episodes of stress and anxiety, she responds vaguely. She says there’d been a fire in her past but that the person who set it is now dead. It’s the most she will allow herself to tell.
But what really happened back then? Lucy’s memories of twenty-two minutes of murderous hell won’t come into focus. But she does know she was right there in the room when the events occurred at her old school.
Just when she’s making new friends and maybe even falling in love, echoes of the past come back to haunt her.
Is there someone stalking Lucy or is it her imagination?
When she is forced to confront the past, Lucy must act to keep her secrets safe. Damage done, however, can never be undone.
This novel is tense, graphic, disturbing and fast-paced and is a fantastic introduction to psychological thrillers for young adult readers.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Amanda Panitch
Title: Damage Done
Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia
Published: August 2015