Today, I’m really excited to share a Novel Novice exclusive with you. The Program doesn’t come out until April 30th, but we’ve got an exclusive sneak peek at the sequel, The Treatment, directly from author Suzanne Young herself!
I expect James to come in, but the minutes tick by without him. I shoot a few cautious looks in Dallas’s direction, but she seems unconcerned with his absence. I, however, am beginning to freak out.
“Where’s James?” I murmur to Realm. He shrugs, annoyed I’d even pose the question to him. I’m about to call to Dallas when there’s movement from the hallway and I startle as a man strides into the room, not waiting for Cas to introduce him.
The man is tall and thin underneath his charcoal suit. He has a gray beard and mustache. He looks like someone’s rich old grandpa, but when he speaks his voice is crisp as it cuts through the quiet room.
“You’re completely vulnerable here,” he says. He searches until he finds Dallas. “What if I was a handler?”
She grins. “Then you’d be wearing white.”
He doesn’t crack a smile. “You know that’s not what I mean, Miss Stone. All of you,” he motions around the room, “are accessories. One slip up will land you in jail, or worse, in The Program. I suggest you keep your guard up. I won’t be able to save you if you’re caught.”
Dallas’s hard exterior wanes and she begins to chew on her thumb nail, averting his eyes. Everyone else is calm while this man stands in front of us like he’s in charge. James is missing and I’m suddenly alone.
“Who are you?” I ask the man finally.
The doctor slides his hands into the pockets of his suit, and presses his lips together in apology. “I’m sorry it’s taken us so long to be introduced,” he says somberly. “I’ve been following your case for some time, Miss Barstow.” He takes a step toward me and extends his palm. “I’m Dr. Arthur Pritchard, and I’m the creator of The Program.”