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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 13-year-old Elissa, in the woods where her abductor is hiding her, he refuses to alert the police. Because in his 12 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. 

©2020 Sam Lloyd (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"An intense, atmospheric, and truly original thriller." (Shari Lapena, author of The Couple Next Door)

"I haven't read anything quite this exciting since Room. You think all the stories have been told, then something like this comes along." (Emma Curtis, author of The Night You Left)

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Gruesome

I didn't get very far with this book. .The abduction , shackling and torture of a 13 yr old girl is too uncomfortable for me.

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narration is what saved this

This was… ok. I think maybe I am falling out of love with the genre in general as I think a few year ago I would have loved this. The plot seems simple and generic at first glance. Girl is kidnapped and kept captive. So far so…. meh. The twist comes with Elijah, a 12 year old boy who finds her and wants to keep her as a friend so won’t get help for her. There’s some pretty good twists and reveals and I liked the three narrators (one of them extremely unreliable!). However I felt it lacked pace and dragged on somewhat. A fairly entertaining read though…might be good for by the pool. Obe positive was that I really enjoyed the narration. Trigger warning for pregnancy loss and extreme violence.


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Absolutely brilliant

I was hooked pretty much straight away, excellent storyline which went in totally unexpected directions- and complimented by wonderful narration

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Fantastic from start to finish!

I loved it from the first page, those that read it did an excellent job of bringing the characters to life believable, story was enticing and exciting to the last and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it. I listened to it whilst decorating and I never grew bored. If you like a bit of drama, tension and ‘oh my god what’s going to happen next?’ This is the one for you.

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Gripping, brilliant read

Loved this book, keeps you guessing and on the edge of your seat. Excellent thriller. Brilliantly narrated as well, 5 stars

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By far the best book I've listened too

I loved it, finished within 2 days, Full of twists, highly recommended. 5 stars.

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one of the few books I've returned

just couldnt get Into this one. it was just too slow in the beginning so I lost interest each time I tried to listen to it.