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The Memory Wood by [Lloyd, Sam]


The must-read novel of 2020. Chilling, moving and unputdownable, The Memory Wood is a thriller like no other.

‘An intense, atmospheric, and truly original thriller’ Shari Lapena, author of The Couple Next Door

Brilliant writing, a terrifying story, and characters so real it feels like you know them. If you enjoy dark, twisty thrillers that stay with you, read this book’ Samantha Downing, author of My Lovely Wife

‘Remarkable. Stunning prose and compulsive reading. It’s undoubtedly the best thriller I’ve read in a long, long time’ Lesley Kara, author of The Rumour


Elijah has lived in the Memory Wood for as long as he can remember. It’s the only home he’s ever known.

Elissa has only just arrived. And she’ll do everything she can to escape.

When Elijah stumbles across thirteen-year-old Elissa, in the woods where her abductor is hiding her, he refuses to alert the police. Because in his twelve years, Elijah has never had a proper friend. And he doesn’t want Elissa to leave.

Not only that, Elijah knows how this can end. After all, Elissa isn’t the first girl he’s found inside the Memory Wood.

As her abductor’s behaviour grows more erratic, Elissa realises that outwitting strange, lonely Elijah is her only hope of survival. Their cat-and-mouse game of deception and betrayal will determine both their fates, and whether either of them will ever leave the Memory Wood . . .


The Memory Wood


I know that there is often a lot of hype around a new publication but to be honest it deserves praise for all the promises that it makes. This is a real heart in your mouth read from just a few pages in, to the last sentence in the book.

When chess champion Elissa is abducted just outside an event that her single mother had taken her to, it is the start of a horrific ordeal that feels like it only has one ending. At only thirteen years old Elissa has a quick-thinking mind and uses the skills that she knows best to both keep her mind active and make the few supplies that she has been left, last as long as she can. She has been chained in an underground room in darkness.

Her first visitor is the vile man that abducted her, the second a voice of a young boy called Elijah who tells her he is twelve and always lived in the woods where she is.

The story darts between Elissa and the investigation into her disappearance by the police. Oh boy, it was like playing the game hot and cold as at times they are getting so close to what has happened only to drift away again. It made me very verbal! The one-sided friendship that develops between Elissa and Elijah is both heartbreaking and vital. The characters are vividly real and the memory wood very unforgettable but wow, the conclusion is one almighty gold rush. A stunning story. Highly recommended!

I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book, which I have reviewed honestly.


Sam Lloyd grew up in Hampshire, making up stories and building secret hideaways in his local woods. These days he lives in Surrey with his wife, three young sons and a dog that likes to howl. The Memory Wood is his debut thriller.


The Memory Wood by [Lloyd, Sam]

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