“You have to help me. We’re not being reformed. We’re being brainwashed.”
All sixteen year old Drew Finch wants is to be left alone. She’s not interested in spending time with her mum and stepdad and when her disruptive fifteen year old brother Mason is expelled from school for the third time and sent to a residential reform academy she’s almost relieved.
Everything changes when she’s followed home from school by the mysterious Dr Cobey, who claims to have a message from Mason. There is something sinister about the ‘treatment’ he is undergoing. The school is changing people.
Determined to help her brother, Drew must infiltrate the Academy and unearth its deepest, darkest secrets.
I’m a huge fan of Cally Taylor’s psychological thrillers so I was slightly miffed when I realised The Treatment is actually aimed at the young adult market, I’m not saying the author shouldn’t write for a different audience by any means, in fact after reading this book I’m convinced the author has the ability and talent to write for any audience YA included. I wasn’t really sure what to expect but I can say “hand on heart” I really enjoyed The Treatment and read it in one sitting, and I’m sure many adults will enjoy this book as much as the younger audience it’s aimed at.
The Treatment has a very intriguing plot an sinister institute for wayward teenagers, I’m sure if there was such a place many moons ago I would have made the perfect candidate, cheeky, always pushing the boundaries and getting into trouble at school, well you get the picture! How does the institute turn wayward teens in respectable pillars of the community? Well you will just have to read the book and see as I’m not going to give away anymore of the plot. From the start The Treatment made for a sinister and chilling read that kept me captivated throughout.
C.S. Taylor has put her heart and soul into this book, she doesn’t skimp on developing her characters they are a diverse bunch, some are good and so are pretty damn evil, but all have a place in this creepy tale. I think The Treatment has a lot to offer the YA, it’s action packed with a heroine that’s feisty and determined. The author has shown what a diverse writer she is, even more so when she is able to engage a reader who in no shape or form would be seen as a YA! The Treatment made for a intriguing and suspense filled read and one which I really throughly enjoyed. Highly recommended.
Print Length: 384 pages
Publisher: HQ Young Adult (19 Oct. 2017)