I was sent an e-copy of this ARC from Netgalley after I requested it to read. This YA novel is due for release on October 19th and I’d highly recommend picking this up if you are into thrillers.
The blurb from the book is as follows:
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. Before it’s too late.
What made this book so enjoyable was how real the author made the situation. I think it helps that C.L. Taylor has previously written adult crime fiction so this was finally a young adult novel with a proper twisted plot line.
This story is actually something that could happen and it’s scary! All of the residents at the ‘school’ (if you can call it that, more like a prison) end up waiting to be conditioned and brainwashed to loose all of their personality and become the perfect citizen.
I loved the main protagonist, Drew, as she’s bold and confident and will do anything to help her Brother get out of The Academy, even if it means getting put in there herself by misbehaving, something totally out of her character. I loved seeing her character develop as she starts off in the novel being shy and keeping to herself and becomes strong, standing up to those who bullied her at school – a great message and role model for teens.
The pace of the book was fast and exciting and there wasn’t a slow moment. I definitely didn’t see the twist at the end which is unusual as when I read young adult thrillers/crime it’s normally pretty obvious what’s going to happen.
Make a note on October 19th in your diaries to buy this book!
This is an honest review and I receive nothing for promoting this- so believe me, it’s good! Click here to pre-order The Treatment