Get Your Free Audiobook

Listen with a free trial

1 credit a month to use on any title, yours to keep (you’ll use your first credit on this title).
Stream or download thousands of included titles.
Access to exclusive deals and discounts.
$16.45 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy Now for $39.50

Buy Now for $39.50

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions Of Use and Privacy Notice and authorise Audible to charge your designated credit card or another available credit card on file.

Publisher's Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

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 13-year-old Elissa, in the woods where her abductor is hiding her, he refuses to alert the police. Because in his 12 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. 

©2020 Sam Lloyd (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"An intense, atmospheric, and truly original thriller." (Shari Lapena, author of The Couple Next Door)

"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)

What listeners say about The Memory Wood

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    86
  • 4 Stars
    29
  • 3 Stars
    6
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    3
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    89
  • 4 Stars
    25
  • 3 Stars
    7
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    84
  • 4 Stars
    24
  • 3 Stars
    8
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    3

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Highly recommend.

Absolutely love it! Very clever writing and gripping the whole way through. Please write another book Sam Lloyd.

The performance was outstanding. Joe and Emily really gave life to all the characters.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Pure brilliance

This book is SO good. I actually did not want to stop listening. The character development was excellent. This was a great intro to crime fiction for me!!! Strongly recommend!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Much more than I expected

I LOVED this book. There was so much more to the story than I anticipated. Twists all the way through, great narration, felt completely immersed in the characters & plot…could not stop listening until the end.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Sadly uncomfortable

While the tale was interesting and I loved the spunky little heroine, I found the portrayal of the protagonist confusing and unrealistic. Not a great read but diverting.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great story

Found this story very captivating, a little dark at times but overall I loved it!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Loved it

Wasn’t sure on narrators voice at first , but I soon warmed, really enjoyed this one.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A real page turner

I really enjoyed this story with all its twists and turns. Descriptive and evocative prose. Didn't quite see the need for the detective's story. Seemed irrelevant in the end. Perhaps if it hadn't ended badly for her? Also, I felt the ending was dragged out. An interesting climax. The narrators did a superb job.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Amazing!

What a brilliant book….it keeps you guessing the entire time, is full of twists and turns but at the same time easy to follow! Loved it.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

5 stars

loved it, stayed up the whole night listening. Awesome book, can not wait to read to read more from this author

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Ken
  • 11-08-2021

Couldn't put it down.

My new favourite author, just brilliant... I've returned a few books in the past but not this one...

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Dog Walker  Sussex
  • Dog Walker Sussex
  • 06-03-2020

Gruesome

I didn't get very far with this book. .The abduction , shackling and torture of a 13 yr old girl is too uncomfortable for me.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Louise
  • Louise
  • 13-04-2020

Absolutely brilliant

I was hooked pretty much straight away, excellent storyline which went in totally unexpected directions- and complimented by wonderful narration

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Mrs. Lindsay P. Tonner
  • Mrs. Lindsay P. Tonner
  • 17-04-2020

narration is what saved this

This was… ok. I think maybe I am falling out of love with the genre in general as I think a few year ago I would have loved this. The plot seems simple and generic at first glance. Girl is kidnapped and kept captive. So far so…. meh. The twist comes with Elijah, a 12 year old boy who finds her and wants to keep her as a friend so won’t get help for her. There’s some pretty good twists and reveals and I liked the three narrators (one of them extremely unreliable!). However I felt it lacked pace and dragged on somewhat. A fairly entertaining read though…might be good for by the pool. Obe positive was that I really enjoyed the narration. Trigger warning for pregnancy loss and extreme violence.


2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for mrs tracey moffat
  • mrs tracey moffat
  • 13-05-2020

Fantastic from start to finish!

I loved it from the first page, those that read it did an excellent job of bringing the characters to life believable, story was enticing and exciting to the last and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it. I listened to it whilst decorating and I never grew bored. If you like a bit of drama, tension and ‘oh my god what’s going to happen next?’ This is the one for you.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for A. Listener
  • A. Listener
  • 10-04-2021

Mixed feelings...

The story was pretty good. But I have a personal gripe. There was just too much religion in the story for my tastes.
If you don't mind a lot of religious talk, you might enjoy it. But it spoiled the story a little, for me.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Betty
  • Betty
  • 18-02-2021

Gripping, brilliant read

Loved this book, keeps you guessing and on the edge of your seat. Excellent thriller. Brilliantly narrated as well, 5 stars

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for victoria
  • victoria
  • 10-02-2021

By far the best book I've listened too

I loved it, finished within 2 days, Full of twists, highly recommended. 5 stars.

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Rebecca
  • Rebecca
  • 13-12-2020

one of the few books I've returned

just couldnt get Into this one. it was just too slow in the beginning so I lost interest each time I tried to listen to it.

In the spirit of reconciliation, Audible Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.