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Publisher Description

‘This gripping book will keep you hooked, whatever your age.’ Fabulous magazine

The stunning YA debut thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Escape.

“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.


‘A truly heart-pounding page turner for young adults, with a brilliant climax.’ New! magazine

‘This gripping book will keep you hooked, whatever your age.’
Fabulous magazine

‘Suspense, suspicion and sinister secrets abound in this accomplished YA debut.’ Lovereading.co.uk

‘Creepy, chilling and thrilling – The Treatment will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last sentence.' Tamsyn Murray, author of Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart.

‘A gripping look into a nightmare future.’ Caroline Green author of Dark Ride

About the author

C.L. Taylor lives in Bristol with her partner and son. She started writing fiction in 2005 and her short stories have won several awards and have been published by a variety of literary and women’s magazines. C.L. Taylor was voted as one of the Bestselling Adult Fiction Debut Authors of 2014 in The Bookseller.

Young Adult
October 19
HQ Young Adult

Customer Reviews

Tullochgrue ,


16-year-old Drew Finch is initially quite pleased when her annoying little brother, Mason, is sent to a reform school; but then a mysterious woman hands her a note in the street – claiming her brother is in danger of being brainwashed by “the treatment”. With her mother and step-father refusing to believe her story, Drew determines to take matters into her own hands, and gets herself sent to Norton House too, in the hope of breaking Mason out from the inside. But once there, she's at the mercy of a prison-like security system and a team of “friends” who watch the students constantly, not to mention her roommate Jude, who seems determined to give the game away. But, despite the repeated hurdles in her way, Drew still has to find a way out before her brother is sent for treatment, and is personality is changed forever.

This is an impressive debut YA novel for C. L. Taylor. Drew is a believable and likeable teenager, and her struggles feel very real. The reader can’t help but be drawn into her story, sharing her sense of desperation and truly willing her to succeed.

That_one_kiddo ,

The treatment

I loved this book as a young 14yr old from beginning to end. Very thrilling keeps you on edge on what percussion could happen.

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