Morning, bookish friends! Today my fabulous guest reviewer has a YA treat for you….it’s CL Taylor’s THE TREATMENT – woohoo! Grab a cuppa and enjoy this cracking review from Claire Knight!
About The Book
“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.
Claire’s rating: 4.5/5
I don’t read that much YA fiction; think the last I read was the Divergent series about 3 years ago. But when Cally Taylor said she was writing a YA book, my interest was nudged. I love Ms Taylor’s adult psychological thrillers so I was intrigued to see what she had to offer.
For no real or specific reason, reading this book reminded me of The Hunger Games, not the trilogy, the first instalment. I loved that book when I read it; it was so different to everything I normally read. The Treatment is the same. The fight against authority, the protection of a sibling, the tenacious female lead. I was transported to Norton Hall and was wowed by the grandiose stately house that became a tardis but not one that you’d run to knowing its secrets.
The whole concept of The Treatment is quite a frightening one, I won’t say too much on what the Treatment actually is but the more I read the more real and terrifying the whole idea became. That is why I do love Ms Taylor’s writing; she draws you into a situation that is out of the ordinary but is wholly believable and twists it into a dark tale which keeps you guessing up to the grand reveal. But you’re not done there, there is more to come on the rollercoaster that is a CL Taylor novel!
If you like Ms Taylor’s adult novels, you should give this a try. It may be classed as a Young Adult novel and published by a Young Adult publisher but its still a attention grabbing read from Ms Taylor – I even sacrificed shopping to finish this book! The Young Adult genre is such a wide ranging section of fiction – it can cover anything from romance, sci-fi to thrillers. As you’d expect with the author’s adult books, this is a thriller for young adults but its definitely been enjoyed by this thirty something adult!!
Many thanks to Anna Massardi at HQ YA for my advanced copy of The Treatment.