Book Review: The Memory Wood by Sam Lloyd

“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.”

Published in 2020, The Memory Wood by Sam Lloyd is set in the Memory Wood where Elijah has lived for as long as he can remember. One day, he stumbles across thirteen-year-old Elissa in the woods where her abductor is hiding her. At first, 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.


The Memory Wood is a dark and unique thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end. With a brilliant twist and high-energy finale, this is definitely a thriller that will leave your jaw dropped and heart-rate pulsing.

However, I’m really torn with my feelings about this one overall. I really like what Lloyd tries to do, but it just didn’t have me gripped enough at the start to really appreciate it. Admittedly, I did have Covid while reading this so my brain was definitely a little fuzzy. And while I love the chaos of the last 40%, I still have some unanswered questions so it didn’t quite bring everything together well enough for me.

Still, I really enjoy Lloyd’s writing and loved his most recent release, The Rising Tide, so I can’t wait to see what he writes next.

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