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"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. Natiello shows tremendous talent and courage in her creation of a powerful dichotomy, reaching beyond boundaries." -- San Francisco Book Review
"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
"The Memory Box is a literary rarity." -- Sidney Offit, author Memoir of the Bookie's Son
"Could not put this book down." -- Jessica Collins, Books, Ink's

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.

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  • File Size: 1634 KB
  • Print Length: 360 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Fine Line Publishing (June 24, 2014)
  • Publication Date: June 24, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LAI2SV0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,105 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Jane Wilson on June 25, 2014
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.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By debhb on July 20, 2014
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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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Helene Stephens on January 31, 2015
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.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Kristen Otte on July 18, 2014
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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.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gail M. Hall on 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By daedae on August 23, 2014
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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