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Some choices change everything. Scarlett chose to run. And the consequences will be deadly.
Stolen from her family as a young girl, Scarlett was lucky enough to eventually escape her captor. Now a teen, she's starting a summer job at an amusement park. There are cute boys, new friends, and the chance to finally have a normal life.
Her first day on the job, Scarlett is shocked to discover that a girl from the park has gone missing. Old memories come rushing back. And now as she meets her new coworkers, one of the girls seems strangely familiar. When Scarlett chose to run all those years ago, what did she set into motion? And when push comes to shove, how far will she go to uncover the truth . . . before it's too late?
A New York Public Library's Best 50 Books for Teens
-Panitch tells a harrowing story of captivity, survival, and the pursuit of hope. . . . A jaw-dropping final twist gives way to a surprising, satisfying conclusion to this tense, clever thriller.- --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
-With flashbacks that slowly reveal the terrible secret of Scarlett's escape and Pixie's fate, this psychological thriller evokes well-paced fear.- --Kirkus Reviews
-This layered, satisfying read brims with spine-tingling psychological suspense.- --Booklist
-Don't start the last fifty pages without time to finish this absorbing thriller.- --The Bulletin
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-04-04
- Reviewer: Staff
Seventeen-year-old Scarlett Contreras is excited about her first summer job at Five Banners Adventure World—she’s a huge fan of the Skywoman comics that are also the theme of the park. But Scarlett has a secret. When she was eight, she was kidnapped and held for years in a basement before she escaped, finding her way home to her father and younger siblings, Melody and Matthew. Settling in back home has been hard, but Scarlett’s new job is fun, and she’s smitten with her coworker Connor. When another employee goes missing and an oddly familiar coworker says things that Scarlett remembers from her awful past, she’s terrified anew. Scarlett is determined to hang on to her newfound happiness, but at what cost? Writing from Scarlett’s perspective, Panitch (Damage Done) tells a harrowing story of captivity, survival, and the pursuit of hope; readers’ hearts will break as Scarlett tries to find her place in a world that left her behind. A jaw-dropping final twist gives way to a surprising, satisfying conclusion to this tense, clever thriller. Ages 14–up. Agent: Merrilee Heifetz, Writers House. (June)