Summary: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.
Ever since I read Dangerous Girls, I have been on a mission to find a book that measures up to its unpredictability and clever plotting. While Damage Done isn’t quite as mind blowing as Dangerous Girls, it comes extremely close.
When Ryan enters the band room, he kills eleven of his fellow classmates before finally pointing the gun at himself. Only one person lives to tell the story of what happened in the band room that day: Ryan’s twin sister, Julia.
Traumatized by everything that has happened, Julia moves to a new town and changes her name, hoping to put the shooting behind her and to get a fresh start. But to get a fresh start, Julia must confront to the truth of what happened the day of the shooting.
Julia is one of the most well-written and complex protagonists I’ve come across. It’s clear that she is extremely unreliable and that she has much to hide, and that she knows more about the shooting than she says she does.
The mystery is intelligently thought-out and wonderfully written. You’re continually turning pages wondering what is going to happen next, and when the truth is revealed at the end everything suddenly comes together. While some of the aspects of the mystery are admittedly a little predictable, everything else is completely unpredictable. View Spoiler »It’s easy to predict that it was indeed Julia who murdered her classmates, not her brother; but the reasoning behind why she did it is extremely unpredictable. « Hide Spoiler
All in all, this is one of the most intelligently plotted and twisted mysteries I’ve read since Dangerous Girls. I can’t recommend it enough.