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The Memory Box by [Natiello, Eva Lesko]
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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

"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

". . . 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

About the Author

Eva Lesko Natiello is an award-winning author and graduate of the State University of New York 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 novel, The Memory Box, is a recipient of Houston Writers Guild 2014 Manuscript award, and her short story ''The Wordsmith'' was a finalist for The Writer magazine's 2012 Best Short Story. When not writing suspense novels, Ms. Natiello enjoys writing humorous musings about life's ironies which can be read on her blog.


Product Details

  • File Size: 2131 KB
  • Print Length: 362 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0692239006
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Fine Line Publishing (June 24, 2014)
  • Publication Date: June 24, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LAI2SV0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,036 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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 .
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