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The Memory Box: An unputdownable psychological thriller by [Natiello, Eva Lesko]
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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.


In this best seller suspense thriller, 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 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

" 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 . . .” —

“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: 4368 KB
  • Print Length: 362 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Fine Line Publishing (24 June 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LAI2SV0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #357 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Took me too long to get into it - but once the blackouts started - I was very intrigued as to what was going on.
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By megan TOP 10 REVIEWER on 22 August 2016
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"Be careful what you search for..."
I really liked the majority of this psychological thriller and it was certainly a page-turner. It was, however, a book featuring very unpleasant human behaviours - manipulation, control, tampering, scandalmonging, miscommunication, politics, lies and deceit.
Eva Lesko Natiello cleverly raised a mystery early on in the book. It kept you guessing, predicting, thinking and rethinking throughout the entire read and there were some great reveals and twists along the way.
The fast-paced story was written in two parts. Part 1 was from the POV of a narrator who presented the story via misconceptions and unreliable information. Yes! That was certainly a different approach, but it worked! Part 2 switched to a different narrator, Caroline, who was once confused, but then was able to give her story a sharper perspective.
I know all of that sounds perplexing, but remember it's a mystery and designed to mislead. It's very difficult to discuss the plot of The Mystery Box any further without giving away important clues or a major spoiler, sorry.
The whole scenario was spellbinding, nevertheless. Why not 5 stars, then? There was a nagging question in my mind regarding the final unraveling of truths, the logic behind it and the way the story sat with me once the book was finished. The narrative was well written, but I was just left thinking...could that really happen? Maybe if Eva elaborated more on the outcome, I'd find it all completely convincing. I am a little harder on this genre being absolutely spot on with all ends tied, but maybe I'm being a little harsh?
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The Memory Box is a story with an interesting premise - you Google yourself and find out that your life is completely different from what you currently think it is. While you are finding that out, though, you also find out that everyone else thinks the different life has been the real one all along; it is only you who thinks otherwise. This is was one crazy ride as you feel you are with Caroline the entire time - which is not an easy place to be. In fact it's quite creepy and surreal and I know you will like me devour it in one sitting.
Caroline (Spencer) Thompson is a "normal", stay-at-home suburban mum with two young daughters and a husband that travels on business a fair amount. Normally, a reader tends to identify with and usually like the protagonist. In this case, I'm ready to lock her up in a padded room. She becomes neurotic, in denial, afraid everyone else will find out (when they probably already know what she is just "discovering"), and worries endlessly. She won't trust her husband or her best friend, and tries to hide from everyone. I can understand some of this reaction, but I felt that the author went way overboard over everything. I almost quit reading. She drove me crazy at times, I wanted to shake her and say, "Pull yourself together".
The second half changed things up dramatically, she still was borderline crazy, but the plot picked up momentum and the twists just kept on coming. I will say, that all these shortcomings in Caroline are worth putting up with. It's so worth persevering as you will then experience one amazing ending - it threw me completely. I'm glad I stuck with it. Talk about a 180 degree plot shift! I've been left stunned...
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This is a very different story, couldn't put it down. I highly recommend reading this book, I look forward to Eva's next book!
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Fast moving to the point of what's next? I think there could be a sequel. I'd have second thoughts about befriending Caroline, she is one of those characters who you think you have worked out, then there's another turn of events and you have to start again!
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