The Memory Box

The Memory Box

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by Eva Lesko Natiello

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What if you Googled yourself and discovered something shocking?


In this gripping psychological thriller, a group of privileged suburban moms amuse themselves by Googling everyone in town, digging up dirt to fuel



What if you Googled yourself and discovered something shocking?


In this gripping psychological thriller, a group of privileged suburban moms amuse themselves by Googling everyone in town, digging up dirt to fuel thorny gossip. Caroline Thompson, devoted mother of two, sticks to the moral high ground and attempts to avoid these women. She's relieved to hear her name appears only three times, citing her philanthropy. Despite being grateful that she has nothing to hide, a delayed pang of insecurity prods Caroline to Google her maiden name-which none of the others know.

The hits cascade like a tsunami. Caroline's terrified by what she reads. An obituary for her sister, JD? That's absurd. With every click, the revelations grow more alarming. They can't be right. She'd know. Caroline is hurled into a state of paranoia-upending her blissful family life-desperate to prove these allegations false before someone discovers they're true.

The disturbing underpinnings of The Memory Box expose a story of deceit, misconceptions, and an obsession for control. With its twists, taut pacing, and psychological tenor, Natiello's page-turning suspense cautions: Be careful what you search for.

Praise for THE MEMORY BOX:

"5 Stars for THE MEMORY BOX" -- San Francisco Book Review

"...Be prepared to toss that suburban fairy tale away, grab on to the steering wheel, and hope that you get through this obstacle course with all of your mental faculties. Natiello shows tremendous talent and courage in her creation of a powerful dichotomy, reaching beyond boundaries." -- San Francisco Book Review

"Epically creepy. . .creepier than Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl. After the last word, I had to take a deep breath, and think of cute, comforting things, like kittens and baby hedgehogs to stop the chills running through me." -- Sally Allen, Hamlethub

"The Memory Box left me feeling stunned . . ." --

"The Memory Box is a literary rarity." -- Sidney Offit, author Memoir of the Bookie's Son

"Could not put this book down." -- Jessica Collins, Books, Ink's

"In her impressive first novel, THE MEMORY BOX, Eva Lesko Natiello tells the fascinating story of a woman whose memories piece together a self-portrait she doesn't recognize--until those memories yield to the terrible secrets they conceal."-John Biguenet, author of The Torturer's Apprentice and Oyster

". . . this one comes along and tears to shreds everything you thought you knew about the genre . . . and just when you think the book may have hit the limits of its genre, another sinister twist pushes it into serious Gone Girl territory." --Bustle

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Eva Lesko Natiello
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5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Eva Lesko Natiello is an award winning author and graduate of The State University of NY at Albany where she received a degree in psychology. She was born in Yonkers, NY and currently lives in suburban New Jersey with her husband and two children. Ms. Natiello's debut psychological thriller, THE MEMORY BOX, is a recipient of Houston Writers Guild 2014 Manuscript award. When not writing suspense novels, Ms. Natiello enjoys writing humorous musings about life's ironies, which can be found on her blog.
Her short story, The Wordsmith, was a finalist in The Writer Magazine 2012 Best Short Story.
Ms. Natiello is at work on her next novel.

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The Memory Box 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Add me to the growing list of "I couldn't put it down." Based solely on the reviews I took a chance on this unknown to me author. I was not disappointed. Congratulations to the author. Well done.
Anonymous 21 days ago
Not sure I can adequately say how bad I think this book is. I saw all the accolades, which of course influenced my purchase of this book. It would appear, however, that they're from other e-book writers and related critical entities that have sprung up in that world, who have a vested interest in the success of the genre. It's the only explanation that makes any sense to me for such positive reviews of appallingly bad writing - overwrought, self-indulgent and utterly narcissistic. Apparently this writer is blithely at work on another book and appears to have fully bought into the cheerleading PR of her cohorts. I guess the e-book world is really an entity unto itself. Reminds me not a little of Florence Foster Jenkins.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Too unbelievable. How can you not know if you had kids or not? Gives me anxiety trying to read it. Doesn't make any sense. The mom is always a hot mess running around...get to the point already! I do not know how this book received all these good ratings. I gave up. You have to give the reader something to motivate them to keep wanting to read the story.
Jerm More than 1 year ago
Wow! Powerful! The twists and turns in this book will keep you riveted! Once I started the Memory Box I could not put it down. The story is complex and unpredictable. The characters are real and the story lingered with me for such a long time. You won't regret reading this one.Looking forward to more books by this talented author.
Anonymous 20 days ago
Kept me guessing through the entire book. Crazy, diabolical & suspenseful. Loved it!
Anonymous 28 days ago
This book grabbed me and wouldn't let go. I was obsessed from beginning to end.
Anonymous 4 days ago
Mentally exhausting and not enjoyable to read.
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Anonymous 12 days ago
Confusing and strange
Anonymous 15 days ago
Terrible! Rambling, makes no sense
Anonymous 16 days ago
Gotta be honest, I found this book somewhat confusing and some parts unresolved. Generally, I prefer a book where I like the main character and this just wasn't the case. So, it was not for me...
WynterFairy 19 days ago
The majority of this book was main character falling apart mentally. We get bits and pieces of why she's doing so, but it's not until the end that we get to find out what is truly going on. I'm just not a fan of such mentally fragile characters and I found it annoying and never ending. I gave it two stars because I did enjoy the ending of the book, but that's it.
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Anonymous 29 days ago
Loved this story which is really two stories. Highly recommend.
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Anonymous 3 months ago
That was interesting. Crazy twists. I kinda liked it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Memory Box is a psychological thriller, and after you've read the book, be prepared to have the story linger  in your own memory...and then like me, recommend that others buy the book to READ. It's a feverishly vivid, high in suspense, compelling story, and brilliantly written.  Best read for me this year! I bet Stephen King will kick himself for not thinking up the story first.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You had better clear the day from all other engagements before you start reading The Memory Box, because once you start, you can’t put it down.  From the first few lines, you can sense the tension rise.  Before you know it, you’re caught up in a tornado in which you start spinning faster and faster and where nothing is as it appears to be.  Eva Lesko Natiello’s writing is fast-paced and vivid, as she involves you in Caroline’s – her character’s – plight.  Just as she thinks she is losing her mind, so you start doubting everything in this dark, claustrophobic, paranoid world where even the reliability of memory is put in question.  This is a book that haunts you and plays with your head even after you’ve finished reading it.
ishgh More than 1 year ago
Great from the start, is she telling the truth or are we in for a surprise? Can't wait until she writes more books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great read. I could not put this book down. Finished it cover to cover in 48 hours and honestly am missing it, can't stop thinking about it as the days go by. Eva Natiello's writing and character development takes this novel way beyond what you can expect from a typical psychological thriller. Someone's going to buy the film rights to The Memory Box as this has all the makings of a great movie. I won't give it away but I guarantee that you will NOT predict the ending. You may think you've got it but every chapter will take you in a new direction. Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At the risk of being trite, I could not put this book down! The author has infused tension, suspense and wit into a well written story that is a wonderful read. I couldn't wait to see what happened next to the lead character Caroline. The descriptions of suburban scenes, everyday family life, and family calamities ring true. The tension made me anxious at times, making this book an enjoyable ride. Part II of the book described exactly how i felt when I was reading this. There are so many scenes that are well done that it's impossible to pick a favorite one out. The interaction between the main characters are true to life, and the interaction between Caroline and the minor characters will make you giggle when you read how Caorline really feel about them. All in all, well worth the journey into Caroline- land.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read The Memory Box so fast and I couldn’t slow down because I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen to Caroline next. The author writes so we are right there with Caroline, in her head, as we discover what she discovers and then we get to witness her response. Now that I am finished, I miss Caroline - but I smile to myself now because I’m pretty sure I know what happened to her in the moments after the book ended. I already started reading it again so I can savor it this time and look for any clues to the excitement that unfolds. But this is more than a thrilling story about a modern, suburban woman – the writing is delightful - we get little absurd, humorous treats along the way which I greatly enjoyed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"It's hard to un-know a secret," is the first line of this thrilling and thought provoking debut novel by Eva Natiello. With the tight, often, lyrical prose, I was sucked into Caroline Thompson's world and treated to a rollercoaster ride as Caroline tries to understand what she's forgotten. As I learned about Caroline and her unremembered past I was cast into a spell--needing desperately to know what was going to happen next and if Caroline was going to be all right. The twists and turns mirror those that only the best rollercoaster could provide. And when I thought the ride was over, I was treated to yet another, an even more awe inspiring and shocking one.  A truly great read.
MimiField More than 1 year ago
Couldn't Put it Down! Truly addictive from the intriguing first line to the shocking final chapter, this captivating thriller takes you on suburban mom Caroline Thompson’s terrifying psychological journey as she discovers that her past is not at all what she believed it was. The premise of this captivating novel is fresh and timely. The writing is witty and dark. A must read that will haunt you long after you finish the last word.