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The Memory Wood Copertina rigida – 20 febbraio 2020
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Gripping, twisty and addictive, The Memory Wood is a thriller like no other.
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 . . .
'Superbly creepy' Guardian
'Brilliant writing, a terrifying story, and characters so real it feels like you know them' Samantha Downing, author of My Lovely Wife
'Beautifully told, with two superbly drawn young protagonists, Lloyd is a rare new thriller talent' Daily Mail
'Beautifully written, fast-paced' Heat
'You'll be breathless with anticipation, tingling with hope, and numb with dread from beginning to end' Press Association
'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
'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 twists and turns in The Memory Wood will astound. This book is undoubtedly the best I've read this year.'
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Remarkable. Stunning prose and compulsive reading. It's undoubtedly the best thriller I've read in a long, long time. ― Lesley Kara
What makes this book special is the marvellously executed subterranean power game. Superbly creepy, with an unexpected twist, this is a very grim modern fairytale. ― Guardian
I was pulled into The Memory Wood from the very first page―it grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let you go. It’s an intense, atmospheric, and truly original thriller. Put everything else aside when you enter the Memory Wood, including your expectations… ― Shari Lapena
Forget everything you think you know about thrillers. The Memory Wood is a compulsive page-turner where visceral horror meets Grimm fairytale – a story that’s guaranteed to burn itself into your brain . . . Every twist and distortion evokes a physical response – you’ll be breathless with anticipation, tingling with hope, and numb with dread from beginning to end. ― Press Association
A beautifully written, fast-paced thriller with twists and turns as dark as the cell in which Elissa is confined. We devoured it in a matter of hours. ― Heat
A darkly chilling and original novel . . . a series of twists keeps readers captivated until a shocking climax. ― Daily Express
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
The dreamy nature of the story slowly dissipates as the danger deepens, leaving this reader with pounding heart and sweating palms. ― Observer
The Memory Wood is impossible to put down. It's so wonderfully written, creepily atmospheric and chilling. ― Karen Hamilton
What a book! I haven't read anything quite this exciting since Room. You think all the stories have been told, then something like this comes along. Wonderful. ― Emma Curtis
I was captivated by The Memory Wood – a beautifully told, dark and chilling tale. ― Renee Knight
A truly chilling story. ― Woman & Home
A chilling, suspense-filled and heart-wrenching read. ― Herald
An atmospheric thriller. ― That’s Life (Crime Scene Magazine)
A totally gripping novel that locks you into their cat-and-mouse game of survival. If you’re bored of thriller-by-numbers, you’ll love this original and twisty page turner. ― 17 Degrees Magazine
The narrative irresistibly grips as it twists. ― SAGA
- Editore : Bantam Press (20 febbraio 2020)
- Lingua : Inglese
- Copertina rigida : 384 pagine
- ISBN-10 : 1787631842
- ISBN-13 : 978-1787631847
- Peso articolo : 600 g
- Dimensioni : 16.2 x 3.5 x 24 cm
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 5,914 in Thriller psicologici
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Thirteen-year-old Elissa is drugged and kidnapped at a chess tournament. She wakes up manacled to the wall in a filthy and cold cellar.
Elijah is a twelve-year-old boy who visits her in her dungeon. He says he wants to help, but is he all that he seems?
Mairaed is the detective in charge of the operation to find Elissa. She works with determination despite living through her own personal tragedy.
The first half of the book reminded me of The Collector by John Fowles. There was a gripping, painful, awkward battle of wills between chess champion Elissa and her unpredictable visitor, Elijah.
In the second half, the mental battle moved elsewhere when each heart-pounding revelation was followed by an even bigger shocker.
Not only is Sam Lloyd a terrific plotter, he is an accomplished writer. The narration was so smooth, I took it for granted as I raced through, eager to find out what would happen next.
This must surely become one of the biggest hits of this surreal year.
Detective Superintendent Mairead Mc Cullagh, is in charge of the case to find Elissa. The plot is narrated by Elissa and Elijah, alternately.
Good points to mention are the twists to the plot and the well described character of Elissa. However, the good points are outweighed by the poor points. No reason is given as to why the kidnapper took the victims ( other reviewers have mentioned this) or how the victims were chosen, apart from a thin reference. The narrative was repetitive and became a little tedious. The lead up to the finale was like a Tom and Jerry pursuit. Elijah’s character started convincingly then dipped into the unbelievable. He became a caricature of a disturbed baddie.
I wouldn’t recommend this. There are far too many negatives.