The Memory Box

The Memory Box

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 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.

" 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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998285108
Publisher: Fine Line Publishing
Publication date: 10/18/2016
Pages: 316
Sales rank: 385,376
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About 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.

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The Memory Box 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year ago
Confusing and strange
Anonymous More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year ago
Mentally exhausting and not enjoyable to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me guessing through the entire book. Crazy, diabolical & suspenseful. Loved it!
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 More than 1 year ago
The premise of the story was interesting and there were lots of unexpected twists, but it was very difficult to read. It was frantic and scattered and I felt like I was reading the journal of a mentally ill manic person. Maybe that was the point, but it was exhausting and I could only handle a little at a time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ugh. Maddening
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The headline says it all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book grabbed me and wouldn't let go. I was obsessed from beginning to end.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I read this without expecting to enjoy it but I did very much . Once the story started coming to light I couldn't put it down !
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RTB More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Unlike so books that I read, this one got interesting quickly. Most the time it take 5 chapters to get the setting and this one just dove right in. The chapters leave you feeling like you need to keep reading to find out what crazy thing will happen next. The end was a surprise. I did get this book on clearance but would have paid full price.
LGandhi More than 1 year ago
A 3.5 star rating I rounded up. Have you ever googled yourself? What about your significant other? Ever wonder if there are skeletons in the closet being hidden from you? How much do you trust the life stories being told to you? This is the crux of The Memory Box. You have one part brilliant plot line, one part absolutely crazy, want to make you pull your hair out main character and one part ending you will not see coming no matter how much you guess to mix together for a book with a love/hate relationship. This book is insane, maddening, intense, and scary how true this could be in real life. I loved the storyline. It truly was brilliant. That's the love part. The main character made me want to throw the book out the window several times. I wanted to scream at her, shake some sense in her, even slap the crazy out of her. That's the hate part. If you can hold on until the last 20% of the book, it will be worth it and all make sense. That's the love part again. When an author can shock me and surprise me with ending, I give due credit (which is why I rounded up my rating). My worry is that it took the author a little too long to get to the surprise ending (which is a knock out of the park ending!). At times I wanted to give up on the book, but I'm glad I didn't. Caroline will drive you mad, she will make you think you are going crazy reading how crazy she is. But I promise it all gets wrapped up nicely with a bow by the end. My thanks to Eva Lesko Natiello, the publisher and Netgalley for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put this book down! A must read! Are there any more books by this author?
MamaHendo More than 1 year ago
Twisted. This book is twisted. I have to admit the first few chapters of this book were so far fetched that it was borderline confusing but as the book progresses you find out just how calculated the main character really is. Stay-at-home mom, Caroline, can’t stand the gossiping culture at the school her eight year old twins attend. The other moms thrive on digging up dirt on each other to spread around like wildfire. To get ahead of them, Caroline decides to “google” herself. What she uncovers starts her spiraling. She becomes manic and desperate to sort out what these blocked memories mean that keep bubbling to the surface. After reading other reviews of this book, I saw that most readers leaving a negative review quit reading the book early on and didn’t get to the outrageous twists. This is why I don’t quit books. Yes, sometimes they really are just that bad but “The Memory Box” is worth sticking around for to see where the author ended Caroline’s crazy story. I wouldn’t say this is a “must read” but reading it was a good way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn’t put this book down, it was full of twists, turns and surprises. Great characters and very suspenseful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I rarely ever just stop reading a book. I didn’t stop on this one, but I could have. Certainly not a “thriller.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I almost put this book down when I read the phrase “my heart giggled.” The first several chapters read like they were written by a teenager because of all the odd similes, but after passing the book’s midpoint the writing did improve. Perhaps this was to establish Caroline’s ditziness? Plot was good. Still just three stars though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!