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The Memory Wood (Hardback)

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Gripping, twisty and addictive, The Memory Wood is a thriller like no other.


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 . . .


'Superbly creepy' Guardian

'Brilliant writing, a terrifying story, and characters so real it feels like you know them' Samantha Downing, author of My Lovely Wife

'Beautifully told, with two superbly drawn young protagonists, Lloyd is a rare new thriller talent' Daily Mail

'Beautifully written, fast-paced' Heat

'You'll be breathless with anticipation, tingling with hope, and numb with dread from beginning to end' Press Association

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

'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

'The Memory Wood is impossible to put down. It's so wonderfully written, creepily atmospheric and chilling' Karen Hamilton, author of The Perfect Girlfriend

Readers love The Memory Wood

'A very clever psychological thriller. Dark, creepy and intense.'

'Oh my goodness, what a ride! I loved, loved, loved The Memory Wood.'

'One of the best examples of a page-turner that I've read in a long time.'

'The writing style was beautiful and elegant for a story so dark and twisted.'

'Deliciously dark... fresh and imaginative.'

'WOW! Do not be deceived in thinking that this is like any other thriller you have read. It is not.'

'The twists and turns in The Memory Wood will astound. This book is undoubtedly the best I've read this year.'

Fiction & PoetryCrime & Thrillers Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd Publication Date: 20/02/2020 ISBN-13: 9781787631847  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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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.

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Customer Reviews

Billed as the must read book of 2020 and described as chilling, moving and unputdownable, “The Memory Wood” is certainly a book to be looking out for next year and was admittedly a read I did not expect. “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......” With a premise as intriguing as that, it was impossible not to get addicted to the story from the very first page. Due to the twists and turns in the plot, you’re really kept on your toes and the emotional rollercoaster you’re on when the story plays out, really draws you in and doesn’t let go. Told from the perspective of three characters only - frail twelve year old Elijah, thirteen year old chess prodigy Elissa and DS Mairead MacCullagh, I liked how the chapters overlapped between Elijah and Elissa and how they expressed their intense thoughts and feelings. Mairead’s personal and emotional issues during the investigation into Elissa’s disappearance was truly palpable and my heart went out to her when she discovered her worst fears had come true again. The author chose a denouement that was both powerful and emotionally charged and I’m not frightened to admit I did feel tearful during the last few pages. The first half of the book was a slow build and often a little repetitive but this created a sinister and creepy atmosphere. The second half kicked off with a cruel race against time and I couldn’t help but be totally invested in the rescue of Elissa. She was a very clever, mature and likeable girl and the author has created a brilliant character that showed strength and determination not to leave her mother alone should she die. Written by Sam Lloyd, I understand the germ of the idea came when he drove his son to a chess tournament at a busy secondary school venue and a wife who constantly worried about imagined nightmare scenarios involving their first born son. Something every parent at some point imagines and which is totally relatable and normal. The author then plotted the story around these events and ended up with a novel that’s unforgettable, nightmarish and totally unique. Fantastically written, tensely plotted and perfectly executed, I thoroughly enjoyed reading “The Memory Wood”, it had everything I like from an original thriller and I expect it to be a much sought after bestseller as soon as it’s released. 5 shiny but creepy stars!

- 13/12/2019
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