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The Memory Box

The Memory Box

3.9 33
by Eva Lesko Natiello

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A psychological thriller page-turner with twists and turns until the very last page.


In this gripping psychological thriller, Caroline Thompson Googles herself and discovers the shocking details of a past she doesn't remember.




A psychological thriller page-turner with twists and turns until the very last page.


In this gripping psychological thriller, Caroline Thompson Googles herself and discovers the shocking details of a past she doesn't remember.


A fast-paced suspense where a group of privileged suburban moms amuses 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.

"...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 your mental faculties... Natiello shows tremendous talent and courage in her creation of a powerful dichotomy, reaching beyond boundaries. 5-STARS" -- San Francisco Book Review

"Epically creepy. . .creepier than Gone Girl. After the last word, I had to think of cute comforting things, like kittens to stop the chills running through me. -S. Allen

Editorial Reviews

Sally Allen
"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."
Jessica Collins
"Could not put this book down."
". . . 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."
John Biguenet
"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."

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Fine Line Publishing
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5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

EVA LESKO NATIELLO is the award-winning author of NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestseller, THE MEMORY BOX, a HOUSTON WRITERS GUILD MANUSCRIPT AWARD WINNER. She is a graduate of SUNY Albany with a degree in psychology. Eva is a native of Yonkers, NY and currently lives in suburban New Jersey with her family. THE MEMORY BOX, a debut novel, is a worldwide bestseller and has been a #1 bestselling book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes and Kobo. She has attended over 100 book club discussions of her book. When Eva’s not writing suspense novels, she writes humor and satire and posts about writing and self-publishing on her website and for The Huffington Post. She loves the creative process: painting, gardening, singing or re-purposing (though many D.I.Y. projects have been fraught with disaster, it doesn't seem to stop her). Eva is incredibly grateful to her readers for their enthusiasm--when they take time to write reviews, get in touch or spread the word. She is currently at work on her next novel. **Visit and follow her blog: www.evanatiello.com **Follow Eva on Facebook: www.facebook.com/EvaNatiello/ **Follow Eva on Twitter: www.twitter.com/EvaNatiello **Visit: www.goodreads.com/author/show/8337963.Eva_Lesko_Natiello

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The Memory Box 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous 9 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 9 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.
Anonymous 8 months 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.
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 7 months ago
Kept me guessing through the entire book. Crazy, diabolical & suspenseful. Loved it!
Anonymous 8 months ago
This book grabbed me and wouldn't let go. I was obsessed from beginning to end.
Anonymous 5 days ago
Many twists and turns ending is amazing
EmmabBooks 29 days ago
Couldn't put it down This psychological suspense novel follows Caroline through a few weeks of her life. It all starts normally one day with Caroline trying to avoid the gossip mongers at the school gates, following which she decides to google herself to check that there is nothing online that will make her the next target of the scandal lovers. The problem is that she finds out something shocking, and even more shocking is the fact that she can't remember it. Is it all a horrible prank, or is her memory playing tricks with her? This is a well written, fast paced book that had me glued right through to the end. Many chapters had cliff-hanger endings that kept me reading for longer than I had planned, and though I found Caroline's manic temperament a little irritating for the first chapter or two, after that I was deeply into the book and there with her waiting to find out what has happened. Wow, what a read. There is a great list of questions at the end for reading groups etc., though I can't imagine anyone that has read this book would have any trouble discussing it non-stop for hours. Brilliant!
Anonymous 3 months ago
Predictable and depressing, and cheesy. Spare yourself the trouble. The narrator is a whiny narcissistic psycho who drags every good person around her into her personal hell. The end.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Kept pushing myself to keep reading. Made it to page 77 and i still had to tell myself to read more in my opinion if you dont have a reader into your book by 25 pages chances are its not worth finishing. Cudos to those who could finish this awful story line.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Mentally exhausting and not enjoyable to read.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Anonymous 7 months ago
Confusing and strange
Anonymous 7 months ago
Terrible! Rambling, makes no sense
Anonymous 7 months 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 7 months 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 8 months ago
Loved this story which is really two stories. Highly recommend.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Anonymous 8 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!