Thanks to Thomas at Transworld for my ARC of ‘The Memory Wood’ by Sam Lloyd.
This is the debut from Sam Lloyd and all I can start with Is WOW. Every so often a book comes along that shocks you to your very boots. This is that book.
A story told from 3 viewpoints.
The story is a tale of the abduction of 13-year-old Elissa. A chess obsessed, extremely clever teenager, who finds herself abducted and then imprisoned below ‘The Memory Wood’.
Then there is Elijah, a 12-year-old boy who lives in a cottage in the memory Wood, with his parents who work the land for the owner.
When Elijah finds Elissa, she thinks she is going to be saved, but Elijah is no usual 12-year-old, and instead sees a chance at having a friend, someone to be his.
And finally the detective working the case, Mairead. A troubled detective with a tragic and upsetting story of her own.
Dark, Sad and disturbing, this story will truly encompass you and take you deep within.
Survival, selfishness, manipulation, there is so much to this book.
The plot twists will rock you, the whole thing is a jaw dropping, beautifully written, stunningly macabre tale. The ending is incredible.
Just when you think you’ve read them all, that everything has been done. Something this good comes along.
I don’t expect to read anything better In 2020, I don’t think I could.
I can keep on with superlatives all night, all I can say is that in my year of blogging this is very possibly the best book I’ve read. Its most certainly in the top 3. And unbelievably this is a debut, Stunned. I can’t wait for what else Sam Lloyd has to come.
The Highest of Recommendations