YA Thrillers: The New Trend?


It's not secret that my two favourite categories are YA and thrillers. When I found out that one of my favourite adult thriller writers, C L Taylor, was turning her attention to young adults with her newest release, I was so excited.

The Treatment is about a facility centre for troubled youth. Drew's brother Mason has been sent there and she thinks nothing of it, until a doctor tracks her down and hands her a worrying note. Soon enough, Drew has to find a way to get into the treatment centre and break Mason out. C L Taylor described the novel to her agent as 'Prison Break meets One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest but for teens' and she could not have captured the story in a more accurate way. 

The emotions of teenage Drew combined with the trauma of the treatment creates an addictive combination. As she makes alliances and tries to figure out the workings of the building, it's a race against time to get out. The pacing, tension and horrifying set of consequences make it a page turner. Can you tell that I enjoyed it?

The Treatment is one of not that many YA thrillers around, but I definitely can see this genre on the rise. After Stephanie Perkins' There's Someone Inside Your House, a YA horror novel released this month as well, and the growing popularity of murder mystery One Of Us Is Lying, which has been optioned for TV, it's looking promising for the category.

What's not to love? All the emotions and identity searching of a YA novel with the chilling stuff of thrillers . After years of popularity surrounding domestic thrillers and the psychological spin that's entranced millions of readers, it's time for something new. For both YA and thriller readers, this is an exciting step.

The Treatment is out on 19th October, published by HQ. Here's a link to where you can buy it. I highly recommend getting stuck in because this category is around to stay!

Love, Jess

Thank you HQ for my copy of The Treatment.

2 comments:

  1. I love thrillers and if this becomes a new trend in YA I'm all for it!

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