First Monday Crime Spotlight~The Memory Wood by Sam Lloyd

Hi everyone,

Today I’ll be talking about The Memory Wood by Sam Lloyd. This was supposed to be in tandem with the April First Monday Crime event, but due to the outbreak of coronavirus, it has been postponed. Please do keep an eye on the First Monday Crime website for updates:

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About the author:

Sam lloyd

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, his debut thriller, has sold in fifteen international territories.

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 . . .

Click the link below to order your copy:

The Memory Wood by Sam Lloyd

My review:

The Memory Wood is a much-talked about book over the past few months. A psychological thriller, dealing with child abduction, it has been touted as the book of 2020.

Elissa is 13 years old when she is abducted at her mother’s car from outside a chess championship she’s competing in. Her mother, oblivious to what taking places is waiting inside for her to come back, and panics when she doesn’t return.

Elijah lives in the Memory Wood, and when he finds Elissa, he sets in motion a sequence of events that neither of them could foresee.

I found The Memory Wood to be a compulsive kind of book. The kind where you just have to keep reading to find out what’s going to happen. Having Elissa and Elijah as narrators lends itself well to the story. Getting multiple points of view of the circumstances helps to heighten the tension and suspense.

As a debut author, Sam Lloyd has managed to capture the essence of a psychological thriller really well. It is cleverly constructed, tense and emotive.

Recommended for sure!

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