So today is my stop on the blog tour for Sam Lloyds debut The Memory Wood. A big thank you to Anne from Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part.
Let’s jump in…
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 is not like anything I’ve read in a long time. It’s an unpredictable wild ride, at no point could I relax while reading this book. I was so hooked from the first chapter that I finished this book within 24 hours.
The character development was really well done, I love that Elissa is a chess prodigy and this shows in her personality and throughout the ordeal in terms of how she tries to cope with the situation she finds herself in. I felt really connected to Elissa and became really invested in what happened to her. For a thriller this is beautifully written, I loved the setting of The Memory Wood and the idea of the Gingerbread House.
I enjoyed where the author took this thriller and I look forward to reading more from him in the future.
So who is 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. He enjoys craft beer, strong coffee and (rarely) a little silence. The Memory Wood is his debut thriller.
See you in the next one…