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The must-read novel of 2020. Chilling, moving and unputdownable, The Memory Wood is a thriller like no other.

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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 thirteen-year-old Elissa, in the woods

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Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Expected publication: February 20th 2020 by Transworld Digital
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Maureen
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
On the face of it, this appears to be just another abductor/abductee story, but actually, it comes with a terrific twist, in this debut novel from Sam Lloyd.

The storyline revolves around 12 year old Elijah who has lived in Memory Wood for a very long time and 13 year old chess champion Elissa. Elissa has just arrived at Memory Wood, she’s been abducted and is being held in a cellar beneath the surrounding woods. Elijah visits her and wants to be her friend, so Elissa asks if he’ll help her to
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Ceecee
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If this isn’t a best seller in the making I’ll eat my rather stylish trilby! This is a book that makes your eyes pop, inhale and forget to exhale, your jaw drop and utter the odd (mild obviously) expletive and sometimes all four at the same time which probably isn’t pretty. To sum up what this story is about is hard but basically the central aspect is the abduction of 13 year old Elissa Mirzoyan whilst she attends a chess competition in Bournemouth. She is manacled in the cellar of a ‘ ...more
Paromjit
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sam Wood's debut psychological thriller is unforgettable, a nightmare, a chilling depiction of child abduction. 13 year old Elissa, a bright girl and gifted chess player, and her single parent mother, Lena, make their way from their home in Salisbury to a Chess competition in a Bournemouth hotel. Elissa is abducted outside the venue, a drugged Elissa wakes up to find herself manacled in a underground cellar. She is discovered and visited by a desperately lonely 12 year old Elijah. Elijah has ...more
Miriam Smith
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
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Pauline
Sep 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Elissa a thirteen year old girl has been abducted from a car park. There is a witness who sees her being bungled into a white van. The police are called and it's a race against time to find the girl alive.
When Elissa wakes up she is in some sort of dungeon. There is no light and she remembers that she has been drugged and taken against her will.
She is visited by two people, a man that she finds very frightening and a person who says he is trying to help her.
All she can think of is escaping.
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Suzanne
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my goodness, what a ride! I loved loved loved The Memory Wood; it wove it’s way into my life, my nightmares, the lot. Definitely my read of the year....

It’s a novel centred around a kidnapping. Creepy and twisty, with a good balance of police involvement - which I don’t usually especially enjoy if it’s too interlaced within a novel. It’s written from several perspectives, the kidnapped 13 year old girl, her kidnapper, a 12 year old boy who is apparently trying to help her, and the lead female
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Farshana S A
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
I finished this book few days back and its still haunting me. Its hard to believe this is a debut book, it was that addictive and absorbing.

Elissa Mirzoyan is aiming to be a chess champion and attending a tournament with her single mother, Lena turns out to be the worst nightmare of her life. She's kidnapped and left in a underground cellar.

Elijah- do we hate him or pity him, its evident that something about his mental capacity is not right, or why else would he refuse to inform the police of
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Nicole
Dec 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very weird book that unfortunately missed the mark for me.

I really struggled to get into the book at the start. The characters are odd and the writing was weird.

But then we are introduced to two new characters and I liked those perspectives so I started to enjoy the book a lot more.

But the ending was weird and odd. It just was a bit too out there. It's hard to explain without giving spoilers but I wasn't a fan

I felt the whole book was too long. I got bored in quite a few parts
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Suzanne
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my goodness, what a ride! I loved loved loved The Memory Wood; it wove it’s way into my life, my nightmares, the lot. Definitely my read of the year....

It’s a novel centred around a kidnapping. Creepy and twisty, with a good balance of police involvement - which I don’t usually especially enjoy if it’s too interlaced within a novel. It’s written from several perspectives, the kidnapped 13 year old girl, her kidnapper, a 12 year old boy who is apparently trying to help her, and the lead female
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Rebecca
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely amazing, PLEASE READ THIS.
Jennifer Ayre
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Memory Wood follows Elissa, a girl who's been kidnapped, while she's chained in a celler she meets Elijah, a boy who wants to be her friend. Elissa is smart and tries everything she can to get help and escape, but will it be enough?
This fast paced, thriller is an excellent read, it's creepy, realistic and all together a great read. I love Ellissa, she's a fab character and so brave in the circumstances. I don't want to give away spoilers, but I think the character of Elijah is amazingly
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Sarah Wilson
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
A solid crime novel with plenty of twists and turns that kept me entertained until the very very end. I do enjoy a crime/thriller novel and it’s been a while since I have read one in almost a single sitting as I did with this one! 4/5
Laura Turner
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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5* is not enough!!!

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Kat
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lock the doors, draw the curtains and don’t answer the phone just read this addictive, fabulous book !!
It is 100% going to be massive hit and wow does it deserve it really is that good and one not to be missed.
The story is told from three perspectives Elissa the girl who is abducted, Elijah who has lived in the memory wood as long as he can remember and Mairead MacCullagh the detective desperately struggling with her own personal problems but putting all that aside to try and find the missing
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Kirsty ~ Paper Hearts Ink
Elissa, a thirteen year old girl is abducted and taken to The Memory Wood. There she meets Elijah, a boy that seems to know more about The Memory Wood than he is letting on. But discovering Elijah's secrets and getting him onside may be her only chance of survival.

Wow, this book! I read this in less than two days, I could not put it down. Absolutely compelling. Elissa was such a a fantastic character, super smart and determined. The way she dealt with what happened to her was inspiring. I feel
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Nicole
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really thought this was going to be run of the mill. However when 12 yrs old chess genius Elissa gets snatched from outside a competition venue the kidnapper may have picked the wrong girl.
The detective in charge is sure the embryo growing inside her is linked to saving the girl. Carefully not promising to bring Elissa home to her mother, she waits to see if the girl is about to be linked with others that have gone missing in recent years.
This has been going on a long time. Elissa in her jail
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Amanda
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The title of this book is intriguing. I can’t say much as yet about the cover as I’m not sure if this is the final design, but I liked the orange tinged pages. It made me wonder what secrets were concealed among them.
The book is made up of two parts and within each part three main characters tell the story from their view point. This works well and helps to create a sense of drama, tension and frustration.
The story revolves around Elissa, a 13 year old genius chess player who goes to compete
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Cressida McLaughlin
The Memory Wood will stay with me for a long time. It is dark and unflinching, explores both the best and worst of humanity, and has left me heartbroken and uplifted. ...more
Nikki Hillman
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I found i. Could not put it down and how it had a real twist to the story. I loved how Elijas character kept you guessing what was coming next, and what did come next was most of the time not what you tried to guess would happen.
Thank you to Negalley for this ARC in exchange for a honest review.
Bev Taylor
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Caroline Kerdouci
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I’m still in shock from having read The Memory Wood!!
This is the kind of book that sucks you in from the start and in my humble opinion deserves to be described as utterly gripping (many thrillers and I read a lot of them do not truly deserve such a title).
I read this book in one day, finding it highly addictive despite the subject matter. The Memory Wood is not for the faint hearted as I imagine some would find it too upsetting to read;it is intensely dark, evil, menacing,scary and
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Jacqueline  sharp
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a read, I absolutely loved this book and it’s definitely one to look out for in February 2020. I started it and literally could not stop reading until I finished.

An engrossing, gripping read, with a great deal of suspense and a couple of twists I didn’t see coming, maybe one I suspected, but didn’t know for sure until the final chapters.

At times sad, when you know the full story, for several characters. I haven’t read anything by their author but will be watching out for books in the
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Dabarai
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, what can I say, I have not read such a brilliant thriller for a while! The main character of this book, a thirteen year old girl called Elissa Mirzoyan is kidnapped during a chess tournament. Her abductor takes her to the cell under the Memory Wood, where she is instructed to obey. But there is a hope – a twelve year old Elijah. Elijah is weird, he will not notify the police, but he visits her, so like in a chess game, there is still a chance to outsmart her opponent. Elissa needs to fight ...more
Kath
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well this book hit the ground running, kept my attention nicely throughout and spat me out wholly satisfied at its conclusion. Oh and I ran the gamut of emotions along the way...
Elijah lives in the Memory Wood with his family - parents and older brother. He finds Elissa who is being held captive in a cabin in the woods but instead of trying to help her, he tries to befriend her. Well, he's a bit lonely and now he has found a friend, he's reluctant to lose her, like he has lost others before
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Jacqueline  sharp
Wow, what a debut novel, if you like your reads with a good pace, where the tension gradually builds the more you read, then don’t miss this book, which I think is going to be a huge success in 2020.

The story is told mainly through the points of view of Elijah, and DS Mairead MacCullagh,with alternating chapters, or timelines, the time frame with Elijah begins with day six, but then goes down to day one, Elissa plays chess and is on her way to a Bournemouth hotel for a tournament, she plays
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Vicki_cosy.books
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it

It’s been a while since I’ve read an edge of your seat, breathtaking thriller and The Memory Wood by Sam Lloyd is certainly just that! It’s one of those books which have you frantically turning the pages to find out what’s going on, with a couple of unexpected and shocking twists to keep you firmly on your toes

It starts off like a typical child abduction/detective story, when 13 year old chess champion, Elissa is snatched while at a tournament. But then it takes a sinister, almost fairytale turn
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Charleigh
*Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review*


This book surpassed all my expectations. The Memory Wood is told in three perspectives, Elijah - who lives in the strange Memory Wood, Elissa - a girl who is abducted from her chess tournament, and Mairead - the officer working the case.

You could tell from the get go that Elijah was extremely troubled, brought up in a world apart from most of his peers, in a strange cult like community. I kinda
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Gemma
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cannot wrap my head around how spectacular this book was. My mind is still reeling from all the twists and turns made throughout the book, especially in the last third. You may think this is just a regular abduction story but it is so much more and I guarantee you will not put it down until the last word.
The story follows abducted 13 year old Elissa Mirzoyan and her intense struggle to do anything she can to stay alive and get home to her mother. The book is split into three perspectives;
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Hayley
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In The Memory Wood we meet Elissa, who is 13 years old and a bit of a chess genius. In the middle of a chess tournament she nips back to her mums car to grab her lunch when the worst happens. She is kidnapped. When she wakes in utter darkness, chained to a wall, Elissa tries to keep her sanity. When 'the ghoul' (the name she calls her kidnapper) comes in and explains that there will be rules she has to obey or suffer the consequences, Elissa realises she may not get out alive.

12 year old Elijah
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Veronika Jordan
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very strange and different book about kidnapping and abduction with so many twists which I mostly didn't see coming, though there were a few that were more obvious. Elissa is a 13 year old chess champion who is abducted while attending a tournament with her mother, She only pops to the car for a second when she is brutally grabbed and bundled into a white van and taken away. Having been drugged she next wakes up manacled in the basement of a derelict cottage. Elijah is the twelve year old boy ...more
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