"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 was sent a copy from the publishers-all opinions are my own~
I give it - 4/5
My review - What a wonderful YA debut from C. L. Taylor. She has written some fantastic books in the past and I was very excited to see that she was releasing a YA book and not only a YA book but a thriller one! I love a good mystery thriller, ones that keep you guessing and on your toes. The ones that keep you gripped by each page and, this is what this book did to me.
I was instantly gripped from the first chapter. I had questions that needed answers. Drew receives a weird letter from a woman about her younger brother. He was sent away by her mother and step-father to be better, to stop acting out but, is the place really what it seems? Drew has to figure away to save her brother and figure out what is happening in this place before it's too late. Whose in charge? And why are they doing this? Something bigger is at force.
I really enjoyed the suspense in this book. It also tackles topics of bullying and other things which I was thought was a great thing to have in the book and important. It also deals with family relationships and how far people would go to save their family members, even if it means risking your own life.
A brilliant suspense story from C. L. Taylor that will keep you gripped from the very first page.