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Published by HQ (Harper Collins), 19 October 2017. ISBN:
This novel, which is told in the
first person by 16-year old Drew Taylor, is set in a dystopian near future.
Drew and her brother Mason are unhappy in their home life. Their psychologist father
is no longer around, and their mother Jane has married again. Drew misses her
father desperately and finds it difficult to make friends, preferring to talk
to on-line contacts using names such as LoneVoice, XMsZaraFoxX, RichardBrain,
and Jake Stone. Mason expresses his unhappiness by being seriously disruptive
at home and at school and when he is expelled for the third time the decision
is taken to send him to the Residential Reform Academy, miles away in
Northumberland. At first Drew accepts this: Mason is plainly rather disturbed
and Drew and her mother hope that the RRA will help him. But then Drew is
approached by a woman who says that she worked at the RRA where she had been
Mason’s psychologist and she has a note for Drew from Mason. She also says she
would have ‘got Mason out if she could.Would
have got them all out’ but is too afraid to say more and leaves. A few minutes
later she is run over. Deliberately? Drew rings the hospitals but they have not
admitted anyone of that name. The police are plainly disbelieving. Then Drew
reads the note from her brother: he writes that he is being brainwashed by the
RRA. Drew’s mother is anxious and worried but her stepfather Tony, who had been
hostile to Mason, says that Mason is trying to manipulate his mother and sister.
Tony has a senior position in school’s national administration and neither he
nor Jane feels able to stand against him. But Drew has to do something and,
since no-one seems to have much information about the RRA, she decides to go
there herself. To do so, she has to behave so disruptively that she also will
be sent there. So, she does. And when she gets there she finds that Mason’s
accusations are all too true. Can she rescue him before he too is brainwashed
into passivity? And, given what happened to the doctor who had given Mason’s
note to Drew, just how dangerous will that be?
has been in recent years a number of crime fiction books for younger readers,
mostly in series, mostly fairly lighthearted. This book is rather more serious
and should appeal to more thoughtful readers in the target audience.
Reviewer: Radmila May
Taylor) was born in Worcester and spent her early years living in various army
camps in the UK and Germany. She studied Psychology at the University of
Northumbria and went on forge a career in instructional design and e-Learning
before leaving to write full time in 2014.She started writing short stories in 2005 and was published widely in
literary and women’s magazines. She also won several short story competitions.She is
the Sunday Times bestselling author of four gripping psychological thrillers: The Accident, The Lie, The Missing and The Escape. Her books have sold in
excess of a million copies, been number one on Amazon Kindle, Kobo, iBooks and
Google Play and have been translated into over 20 languages. The Treatment is her first Young Adult
thriller. C.L. Taylor lives in Bristol with her partner and young son.
born in the U.S. but has lived in the U.K. since she was seven apart from seven
years in The Hague. She read law at university but did not go into practice.
Instead she worked for many years for a firm of law publishers and still does occasional
work for them including taking part in a substantial revision and updating of
her late husband’s legal practitioners’ work on Criminal Evidence published
late 2015. She has also contributed short stories with a distinctly criminal
flavour to two of the Oxford Stories anthologies published by Oxpens Press – a
third story is to be published shortly in another Oxford Stories anthology –
and is now concentrating on her own writing.