Book Title: The Treatment
Author: C.L. Taylor
REVIEWED BY: CHELSEA
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Pub Date: 10/19/17
“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.
I’ve been obsessed with Cally’s books for the past couple of years now; I believe it was through the group TBConFB that I first discovered her crime novels and I’ve been hooked ever since. Her ability to write relatable characters that are lifelike and gripping is almost overwhelming; no one person should be this talented in their writing endeavors! When she reached out regarding a review of her upcoming novel, I was beyond giddy and couldn’t contain my excitement when I found out this would feature a Young Adult storyline. As readers, we tend to become wracked with nerves when our favorite authors branch out of their sweet spot into unchartered waters; I’ll be the first to tell you that you need not be worried. This was an appealing read filled with tension and suspense that grasped my attention from the first sentence until I turned the final page just a few short hours later.
It’s rare these days, due to a schedule that is constantly growing busier by the minute, that I have the pleasure of finishing a book in a single day, or even a single sitting, but that’s exactly what I did here. Each time this happens I wonder whether or not there is some special formula for an author to be able to ensure this type of response from a reader, but honestly I think it comes down to the characters. I don’t want to discuss the plot here, but it moved rapidly and as an outsider looking in, it felt like I was constantly looking this way and that to follow all the surprising twists and turns. This novel is on the short side, which is perfect for holding the attention of teens that may not be as involved in reading as their parents would like.
Were there parts that were a bit cheesy to the adult who likes a realistic, mature plot? Sure; but I think what Cally has done here is taken the average conspiracy theory plot and formatted it in an enjoyable manner for both youth and adults alike. Along with it being entertaining, Taylor has brought up an important message in asking where the line is between raising children to become good people and influencing them in an immoral form to force them into robots who are obedient, yet inhumane. I hope that some adults take the time to read this one as well, not just the young adults, as the message really made me think about who I want my children to become and how I can assist them in getting there. Highly recommended to fans of the author’s previous books, but also to those looking for a different approach to the conspiracy theory thriller.
*Many thanks to the author and publisher for providing my copy; it was a pleasure to provide my honest thoughts here.