Wednesday, 25 October 2017

The Treatment by C.L. Taylor

| I received my copy of The Treatment via Netgalley for review purposes |

"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.

Before it’s too late.

The Treatment is a thriller novel written for a young adult audience. As many of my readers know, YA can be pretty hit or miss for me, however C.L. Taylor nailed it with this one. Although all in all I landed on a four star rating instead of a five, I would happily recommend this book to others.

I'm not going to lie though, I think one of the main reasons I enjoyed The Treatment so much is because of the genre in which it falls, but also because there was next to no romance involved.

Intriguing the reader from the get go, we are pulled into the mysteries of Norton House, a residential reform school, and are left paging turning from there on out as Drew tries to unravel exactly what is happening there as well as to her brother, a pupil at the school.

Characters within The Treatment are well plotted, especially that of main character Drew, and the story itself is quite well paced. Having said that, there were parts of plot that I did think were either rushed over in resolution or rather convenient to the goings on... This is where my four star rating comes in.

The book is kind of dark in nature; Drew being bullied in school, a dad who has disappeared, some pretty shady government involvement, and that's all before mentioning 'the treatment' that is referenced in the title. Without giving away too much, some scenes are quite heart pounding, and Drew finds herself on quite the rollercoaster, however regardless of the emotion being depicted the scenes feel authentic and well written.

I would be interested in reading more titles by C.L. Taylor... I don't know how I've managed to miss her adult fiction!



  1. Dark in nature, that is what did it for you :-) I am completely there with you regarding YA. I will keep this one in mind. Hope you are well Jade.

    1. A YA I'd definitely recommend to others.

      Thanks Marce, likewise to you. Lovely to see you back blogging :-)

  2. Ooh sounds like a good one. I like YA, but I don't read as much as I used to. I do like the whole mystery/thriller genre that's been growing in YA though, so this one sounds right up my alley. And yay for no romance!!


    1. I hope you enjoy this title if you do get round to reading it.

  3. This sounds creepy. I love dark, sinister books. Great review!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. I feel that draw to the darker reads also... I don't know what that says about us. Haha!

  4. I'm hit or miss with YA too so I'm always hesitant but given your review I don't think I can pass this one up. It sounds great!

    1. I'd definitely recommend, if like me, you are often hesitant when it comes to YA. If, and when, you do get to read this title I hope you enjoy!


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