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The Memory Wood by Sam Lloyd

Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Bantam Press
Source: Random Things Tours
Rating: 4/5
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About The Book

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…

My Thoughts

The Memory Wood is a frightening read, troubled and deep that will stay with you for a long time, in a way it will remind you of Hansel and Gretel but much darker and twisted, ready?
This is not an easy book to review without making spoilers, but I’ll try! When a young girl is kidnapped when she is going to a chess championship the police knows that the first hours are crucial if they want to find the little one alive. Who could want to kidnap her? Would the police rescue her before it’s too late?
The story is told between three characters, all of them important on the story and with different and important perspectives on their point of view. On one side we have Elissa, she has been kidnapped, but she is far from defeated, she is a brave and intelligent little one and will do whatever she can to continue living, even if she has to follow the rules of the kidnapper.
On the other side we have Elijah, he has been in the woods for a while and is longing for a friend, so when he discovers Elissa, he wants to win her friendship and tries to keep her alive, because he knows what happens to the ones who don’t follow the rules.
And then we have Mairéad, the police detective in charge of the kidnapping case, she knows that the possibilities to find Elissa safe decrease as the minutes pass, so even if she has some personal problems, she knows that the case needs her 100% and she will be there, no matter what.
This story felt surrounded by a fog since the first page, dark and full of scary sounds, without anyone to trust or to ask for help, I felt trapped in The Memory Wood from the first moment, unable to breath or to feel safe. Because, who would safe Elissa if it’s not herself?

About The Book

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. He enjoys craft beer, strong coffee and (rarely) a little silence. The Memory Wood is his debut thriller.