The must-read novel of 2020. Chilling, moving and unputdownable, The Memory Wood is a thriller like no other.
‘Beautifully told, with two superbly drawn young protagonists, Lloyd is a rare new thriller talent’ Daily Mail
'Superbly creepy, with an unexpected twist' Guardian
‘Brilliant writing, a terrifying story, and characters so real it feels like you know them. If you enjoy dark, twisty thrillers that stay with you, read this book’ Samantha Downing, author of My Lovely Wife
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 . . .
'An intense, atmospheric, and truly original thriller' Shari Lapena, author of The Couple Next Door
'Remarkable. Stunning prose and compulsive reading. It's undoubtedly the best thriller I've read in a long, long time' Lesley Kara, author of The Rumour
'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
'I was captivated by The Memory Wood – a beautifully told, dark and chilling tale’ Renee Knight, author of Disclaimer
'The Memory Wood is impossible to put down. It's so wonderfully written, creepily atmospheric and chilling' Karen Hamilton, author of The Perfect Girlfriend
Readers love The Memory Wood
‘A very clever psychological thriller. Dark, creepy and intense.’
‘Oh my goodness, what a ride! I loved, loved, loved The Memory Wood.’
‘One of the best examples of a page-turner that I've read in a long time.’
‘The writing style was beautiful and elegant for a story so dark and twisted.’
‘Deliciously dark… fresh and imaginative.’
‘WOW! Do not be deceived in thinking that this is like any other thriller you have read. It is not.’
‘The ending – oh my stars – what can I say?’
‘The twists and turns in The Memory Wood will astound. This book is undoubtedly the best I’ve read this year.’