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The Memory Box [Kindle Edition]

Eva Lesko Natiello
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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

HOUSTON WRITERS GUILD 2014 MANUSCRIPT AWARD WINNER

What would you do if you searched your own past and uncovered something shocking?

In this page turner suspense, 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" -- 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

"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

“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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Review

"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. Eva Lesko Natiello shows tremendous talent and courage in her creation of a powerful dichotomy, reaching beyond boundaries." -- San Francisco Book Review

About 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 read on her blog. Her short story, The Wordsmith, was a finalist in The Writer Magazine 2012 Best Short Story. Ms. Natiello is especially grateful to her readers for their enthusiasm, the time they take to write reviews, get in touch or spread the word. She is at work on her next novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1632 KB
  • Print Length: 360 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Fine Line Publishing (June 24, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LAI2SV0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,370 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read for Fans of Gone Girl July 18, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrill ride! June 25, 2014
Format:Paperback
In this fast-paced thrill ride, the mundane life of a suburban mom becomes a terrifying 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.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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A fun summer read with some great unexpected twists. I have to say that, unlike most other reviewers, it took me a while to be drawn in because i wasn't believing the premise. If you feel this,stick with it! The book will eventually clear up those things that don't quite click and will surprise you even when you think you've got everything figured out.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I read The Memory Box so fast like I was starving....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 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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best "break through" novel of the decade August 8, 2014
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Let me see if I can write this review without too many superlatives ... Ms. Natiello writes like a seasoned pro. Her prose is awesome, with several "quotable lines" in every chapter - my Kindle book showed the sign of Often Highlighted on nearly every page ("Where do memories go when you lose them?"). The plight of the main character would ALMOST have one think "that could have been me" (ok, who amongst those of you that read it did NOT Google yourself?). I, at least, could relate to the main character's angst at trying to fit into her suburbian parent clique. The stress of trying to be a better mother, better wife, better dresser than the woman across the street - who wouldn't have a psychological breakdown?

What made this even more eerie was the author's choice to write it in the first person - really put the "chiller" in psychological thrillers! I definitely want to know the instant her next book is published!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a ride! June 25, 2014
Format:Paperback
"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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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The Memory Box has more twists and turns than a corkscrew! Eva Natiello's wit and vivid imagination are on display on every page. This thriller is a wonderful page-turner for the beach or any vacation spot this summer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Disappointing" August 23, 2014
By daedae
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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I good book, I did not want to put it down. Caroline is crazy, I would not want to be around her. The only thing I did not like was Caroline was spaced out all through the book,... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Different than most.
I was a little confused at first when reading this book, but all was made clear to me later, and the ending was unexpected. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Deborah Hahn
3.0 out of 5 stars The plot is a bit of a twist and seems ...
The plot is a bit of a twist and seems well thought out, but the premise was a bit unbelievable.
Published 7 days ago by Dale Miner
3.0 out of 5 stars it was slow in the beginning seemed to jump around ...
it was slow in the beginning seemed to jump around a lot but then by the middle started to get to where you couldn't put it down.
Published 9 days ago by tracy
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
i enjoyed the story but felt it was poorly written.
Published 9 days ago by Jeannine Forbes
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't like it
Too many things happening to the main character at once make this book hard to follow. The memory part is hard to believe and the ending was the most unbelievable part of the whole... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Maria Luisa Niño
1.0 out of 5 stars made my head hurt
Very confusing story that seemed to lose it's point in the middle. I kept reading to see how it would all come together. It happened unsuccessfully in the last 20 pages,
Published 12 days ago by Carolyn Tredinnick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing book
Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Twists and turns
Portrait of a breakdown which twists and turns in shocking ways. It definitely kept my interest from start to finish.
Published 27 days ago by texas toast
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
This book was a disappointment. The protagonist was unlikeable and the plot far fetched.
Published 29 days ago by Brenda C. Brooks
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More About the Author

EVA LESKO NATIELLO award winning author of The Memory Box A HOUSTON WRITERS GUILD 2014 MANUSCRIPT AWARD WINNER and THE WRITER MAGAZINE 2012 FINALIST BEST SHORT STORY WINNER. She is a graduate of The State University of NY at Albany with a degree in psychology (which helps her to understand the "nuance" of her characters...). Eva is a native of Yonkers, NY and currently lives in suburban New Jersey with her husband and two children. THE MEMORY BOX, a debut novel, frequents the Kindle Top 100 Paid List. When Eva's not writing suspense novels, she writes humorous musings about life's ironies on her blog. 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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What others are saying about 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

"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

"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 Oyster

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