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The Memory Box by [Natiello, Eva Lesko]
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''The Memory Box is a literary rarity -- a story of high imagination cast with characters who seem as authentic as they are complex. From the moment Caroline Thompson dares to Google her own name, the stakes and suspense develop, treating the reader to a can't-put-it-down mystery.'' --Sidney Offit, author of Memoir of the Bookie's Son

''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 . . . Eva Lesko Natiello shows tremendous talent and courage in her creation of a powerful dichotomy, reaching beyond boundaries.''

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A psychological thriller with twists & turns until the last page.

What if You Googled Yourself & Found Something Shocking?

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

HOUSTON WRITERS GUILD Manuscript AWARD WINNER

In this best seller suspense 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 twin 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 and marriage—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" -- 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 your mental faculties... Eva Lesko Natiello shows tremendous talent and courage in her creation of a powerful dichotomy, reaching beyond boundaries." -- San Francisco Book Review

“. . . 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

"The Memory Box is a literary rarity—a story of high imagination cast with characters who seem as authentic as they are complex. From the moment Caroline Thompson dares to Google her own name, the stakes and suspense develop, treating the reader to a "can't put it down" mystery."
—Sidney Offit, author of Memoir of a Bookie's Son

“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 . . .” —onlinebookclub.org

“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

The Memory Box is a Houston Writers Guild 2014 Manuscript award winner.



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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2131 KB
  • Print Length: 362 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0692239006
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Fine Line Publishing (June 24 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LAI2SV0
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,332 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Definitely wasn't one of my favorites. The ending was a bit unexpected.
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Captivating. I can see a sequel coming next!
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Wow - I couldn't put this book down -- so different from the normal mystery -- for me, it was heart-wrenching as well as mystifying. If you like 'cliff-hangers', be prepared to climb that rocky mountain with a parachute, because you just may fall off the cliff!
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Bought this because it was on a recommended list, but I wasn't thrilled with it. Finished it because I wanted to know where it was going, but some of the ride there was annoying and I just wanted to slap the main character a few times.
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54 of 59 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d5a1528) out of 5 stars Thrill ride! June 25 2014
By Jane Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In this fast-paced thrill ride, the mundane life of a suburban mom becomes a nightmare. After Caroline Thompson accidentally stumbles on startling information, both the life she's carefully crafted for herself and her sanity seem to unravel.

Caroline's psyche is jarred, then jostled, then completely disintegrates as fragments of her past begin to congeal into repressed memories so terrifying she has been unable to remember, let alone face. By the end of the story, after several sessions with a psychologist who'd treated her years earlier, the missing pieces fall into place.

Eva Lesko Natiello's characteristic humor breaks the tension just enough to fool us into questioning the horror Caroline's been living. In the final pages, Caroline is jolted back to reality and so are we. This brilliantly conceived and crafted story will haunt you long after you've closed the back cover.
39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d5a157c) out of 5 stars "Secrets, secrets, secrets" ... in a Dark Psychological Maze. Jan. 31 2015
By Helene Stephens - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is SO BRILLIANT! I just hope that I can write a review that does it justice... (Well, NO I can't, but I'll try.)

This is a true psychological thriller, but much more. As the reader takes the plunge into the past of Caroline and her secrets are peeled away, we see what a remarkable writer can do with a story. Each layer that is brought to the surface exposes the reader to another jaw-dropping shock.

At the beginning of the story, Caroline is the familiar child-centered suburban mom. Googling for curiosity, she is stunned to see the obituary of her twin sister. She thinks that there must be some mistake; how could her sister have died SIX years ago? No.... She tries to remember when she last spoke with her sister; she thinks it was rather recent. She tries to phone but the number no longer is current. She finally calls her sister's college to get alumnus information, and the obituary is confirmed.

Then a shocked Caroline notes that there are indeed large holes in her memory; chunks of past years and their events are unclear.

And so we follow Caroline on her quest to learn the truth of those lost times. As each layer is peeled away, Caroline starts a downhill trend; she loses her ability to function in her family role and her thoughts are scattered, her behavior erratic. We share her feelings of inner chaos as Caroline tells us: "I can't shake this perpetual feeling that my body is hosting phantom parasites." We can see that she is starting to break down.

I don't want to tell more of the story; it would be terrible to slip and include a spoiler. Let me just say that this is a riveting multi-layered tale with a unique and disturbing plot-line, and frequent, shocking surprises. And just when you think you've come to the end of the shock marathon, well... you're not at the end.

One of the best "psychological" books I've ever read. This is another time when I wish I could give MORE THAN FIVE STARS. What an incredible reading adventure!
32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d5a19b4) out of 5 stars "Disappointing" Aug. 23 2014
By daedae - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The beginning of the book began innocently enough about a normal housewife whom you soon realize is not that normal at all. Without giving away the story or plot I will say that the writer did a good job in letting Caroline's mental state jump off the pages. As her life spiraled out of control so did my emotions. I realized that during Caroline's panic episodes I myself began to feel anxious. Her hysteria was transferring to me which was a little unsettling because I often had to put the book down to regain control of my myself. I was engaged into the story till it began to get a little "crazy". Regardless of the emotional response I had to the book I was beginning to get annoyed with how the story turned and ended.... it was a disappointment to me. This really could have been a better story without the intentional need to go "over the top" with the storyline. I will say that Eva's description of Caroline's breakdowns were great. I felt exactly what she was feeling which is I'm sure is every writer's intention when they put their characters to paper. This book is a quick read but it will leave you disappointed.
42 of 49 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d5a1d74) out of 5 stars Great Read for Fans of Gone Girl July 18 2014
By Kristen Otte - Published on Amazon.com
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The Memory Box is a dark psychological thriller with many twists and turns. The author does a fantastic job transporting you into the suburban world of Caroline Thompson. Her writing style is clean and crisp, not bogged down with big words or long sentences, yet her descriptions and details put you into Caroline's World. Even though the plot kept me reading, I didn't enjoy it because I'm not a big fan of dark and twisted stories. But thats a reading preference, not a flaw of the book. If you read and enjoyed Gone Girl, this would be a great book for you.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d5a1d20) out of 5 stars Predictable and grating Aug. 20 2015
By Lu - Published on Amazon.com
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I had to weigh in on this one, just to save someone with tastes like mine. If you are the type of person who expects the heroine to have ONE redeeming quality, don't purchase this book. I loved the premise of this book, but I could not stand the character and could not feel any sympathy for her. I understand that things were falling apart for this woman, but I prefer my characters, even the narcissistic, crazy ones, to show a bit of backbone, some character and not be victims. I found it very ironic, and not in a good way, that this character who had allowed herself to be a victim through 80% of the book, would turn into someone who would have manipulated fate the way she did. I also found the constant chaos of this book nerve grating. Drinks spilled, boxes fell over, people got bruised, dogs destroyed things. I know the character was losing it, but I think that could have been handled more elegantly than with the constant references to accidents and injury. Toward the end of the book when the neighbor spilled her Heineken I almost threw my kindle across the room.

The conversations between the characters in this book were hollow and there was no chemistry between any of the characters.

Spoiler alert...Typically with a book like this, I am rooting for the heroine in the end, hoping that she gets away with it, but in this case, I was really hoping they would cart her away .