The Memory Box

The Memory Box NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY BESTSELLERWhat would you do if you Googled yourself and discovered something shocking In this gripping psychological thriller a group of privileged suburban moms amuse th

  • Title: The Memory Box
  • Author: Eva Lesko Natiello
  • ISBN: 9780692239001
  • Page: 424
  • Format: Paperback
  • NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY BESTSELLERWhat would you do if you Googled yourself and discovered something shocking In this gripping psychological 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 tNEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY BESTSELLERWhat would you do if you Googled yourself and discovered something shocking In this gripping psychological 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 sister, JD That s absurd With every click, the revelations grow 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.

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    • Eva Lesko Natiello

      Eva Lesko Natiello is an award winning author and graduate of The State University of New York at Albany with a degree in psychology Her professional experience includes cosmetics industry Public Relations and Communications executive.Ms Natiello is a native of Yonkers, New York and currently lives and writes in suburban NJ, which provides the setting for the fictional town in her debut psychological thriller, THE MEMORY BOX, a NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY BESTSELLER It is a recipient of the Houston Writers Guild Manuscript award She is particularly fascinated by misconceptions, especially when normalcy appears to be prevalent This theme carries over to her second novel, currently in progress When not writing suspense novels, she enjoys writing humorous musings about life s ironies, which can be found on her blog writing from the intersection of oops, yikes and awe at evanatiello Her short story, The Wordsmith, was a finalist in The Writer Magazine 2012 Best Short Story.According to Ms Natiello, The sign of a good day is when the creative process in some form be it writing, painting, or singing has pried its way into the mundane.

    714 thoughts on “The Memory Box

    • I felt like a schizophrenic on speed, while driving and trying to compute an equation and sew at the same time when I was reading this book. This book was nuts! I couldn't put this book down, I felt like I had to finish immediately to see what really happened. The ending blew me away. Literally threw me for a loop. Half the time I was reading I felt irritated, mad, confused, nervous And all because of the main character. Her thoughts were all over the place like a ping pong ball. I just There ar [...]


    • NoNotNeverI just left a reading experience in which the main character made me feel like I was on a triple dose Red Bull IV with all spickets open full blast. And that ain't good, friends.Caroline Thompson is a suburban mom with two young daughters. She's caught in the muck and mire of the competitive nature of the helicopter moms that hover over their children constantly. These long-pronged mothers set their sites on spreading gossip. No one is safe and anyone can be the target of the day.So ou [...]



    • Did I miss something with this read? Why all the high stars? Another reviewer said this was "unputdownable" well I could put it down and didequently!**SPOILERS**Perfect suburban housewife googles herself, finds an article that reveals her sisters is dead and it happened 6 years ago. Then follows chapter after never-ending chapter of inner housewife dialogue something along the lines of, "did she really die, how could she and I not know" "Am I losing my mind, how could I not remember this? Lets g [...]


    • i have a couple questions:1. how did this get published by an actual publisher?2. how did this win an AWARD???3. on a scale of 1-10, how strong of a case does gillian flynn have for slander every time someone mentions this book in the same sentence as gone girl? (answer: 11)this was a trainwreck and not in a good way. i skipped many paragraphs, trying to just get to the end. the story itself is ridiculous and hard to believe, and then did anyone proofread this before it got published? there are [...]


    • I belong to an online book group, this was a group read pick. It was free through amazon prime lending and I thought, hey why not? The author will be doing a q/a event with the group in May. I think it is best if I don't participate in that! I didn't like it. Granted this isn't a genre I tend to enjoy. I grudgingly give it 2 stars, because it is compulsively readable painfully compulsive like needing to turn the light on and off 17 times before you leave the house, so your grandma won't die. I h [...]


    • Get ready to laugh uproariously at the gaffes and squishy kersplats of the panic-filled, klutzy, more-frequently-than-not incontinent protagonist of this book, Caroline Thompson. The only problem, of course, being that this book isn't a comedy. It's a suspense. A thriller. Well It's not very thrilling, I'll tell you that.Another reviewer called the tone of this book frenetic. This is exactly spot on. This book is like someone sitting down at a piano to play a dramatic piece and as they begin the [...]


    • “The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.”----Friedrich NietzscheEva Lesko Natiello, an award winning American author, has penned a gripping yet poignant psychological thriller in her debut book, The Memory Box that revolves around a mid-aged housewife with two daughters, who one day, decides to google her name, that results in the tragic news of her sister's death and that too 6 years ago but this housewife can recall no memory [...]


    • What a crazy woman and unsuspenseful story! This book started out with a good premise: Caroline finds something on the internet about her family that she doesn't know aboutmething close; something she should know. After that, the entire books unravels with crazy behavior, useless descriptions, wild antics. I kept reading only to find out why Caroline becomes so unhinged and becomes more so throughout the book. But the ending wasn't worth the effort of reading this book. It's as crazy as Caroline [...]


    • Can someone please tell me why this got 4 or 5 stars? i want to know why? The Memory Box reminded me of a multiple car crash where everyone crashed into each other Caroline was neurotic & the way the author wrote the story its like just doing day to day duties.Unfortunately it reminded me of kids who just cannot get of the net for 5 minutes its just my oppinion but was a very mundane read


    • The first word that comes to my mind after reading this book in one day and a half is unputdownable!. Even if I did lots of other things during that day and a half , I devoted all my free time to reading this captivating novel.I don't really know how to describe Caroline, the main character, without giving the plot away. She made me feel worried, then sorry, later upset and finally terrified. She seemed to be a regular suburbian mother of two lovely girls and an apple pie contest winner ,who hap [...]


    • This book is difficult to rate. The concept is brilliant, though the execution leaves a bit to be desired. It's frenetic and confusing, but it's no Mind of Winter. A touch too drawn out and unrealistic, this was still compelling and differentI just felt that it could've been amazing with a few tweaks. 3.5 stars


    • Ugh. I really wanted to like this book. But something about it really frustrated me - I guess I'm not a huge fan of the author's writing style. There were pages and pages full of more descriptive passages than a freshman lit course, but not very much meat. I told my husband that it seemed like the author consistently described every aspect of, say, a window: the chipping paint, the smell, the color of the screws, the room surrounding the window, the glass shapebut took an eternity to show you wh [...]


    • AUDIO VERSIONI listened to the audio version of the book and the tone was totally frantic. The main character, Caroline, is a married mother of 2 girls. Her voice is hyper and breathless on the audio. It makes you constantly say, what is she stressing about?? Can I just shake her??A bunch of gossipy suburban moms at the school are into googling other moms to gossip about. Caroline decides to beat them to it and googles herself. After that, her life spins out of control and she is on the verge of [...]


    • Talk about Gone Girl, talk about The Good Girl, talk about The Girl on the Train and then do yourself a favor and read The Memory Box and include it with these other titles when folks ask what to read.I'm not going to reiterate the plot of this book or the characters but suffice it to say this is one terrific title. This book is a roller coaster ride from beginning to end and you as the reader never know what to expect. Ans the end? Wow - it really left me with the chills. Consider that I began [...]


    • SoOk.You know what I really don't like?These.I think they are disgusting, though I will admit that it's fun to peel off the marshmallow dome and move it around the table making it eat things like it's an amoeba.Ahh, lunchtime memories.Anyway, you might be wondering why I chose to bash SnoBalls.It's because Caroline, our mentally unstable protagonist, has a secret addiction to these things, letting herself have one bite at a time and then squirreling the rest away in order to take another bite wh [...]


    • Probably the worst book I've ever read. Ever. I'm actually angry that this was ever published, and even angrier with myself for finishing it. I skimmed the last 40% but should've just given it up.


    • 4.0 StarsUnputdownable you’ll know why!Secrets. Deception. Subterfuge. White lies??“An innocent secret is not really meant to be kept quiet then there’s a different sort. The dark kind. My secret was buried for years. In the bowels of a brain and in a box.”For Caroline Thompson, the suburbia of Fairhaven was the perfect cover for her secrets, the secluded burial ground for the depravity of her past. Six years ago she moved to Fairhaven with her husband Andrew, six years since the tragic [...]


    • Ever Google yourself? Many people do at one time or another, but what if what is found there is disturbing? This is the premise behind The Memory Box, a roller coaster of a psychological thriller.As Caroline finds her perfect life with Andy, Lilly, and Tessa built on lies and secrets (if the information she finds on her Google search is any indication), she starts to melt down. Or does she?This debut novel is a mesmerizing story that is hard to put down until all the twists and turns, the ups, d [...]


    • OK. So this book will likely haunt me for the rest of my librarian days. I really liked the idea of the story (and what I thought the story was going to be based on the book's synopsis). I also get why people are saying that this is an "unputdownable" read - it's a train wreck that you can't look away from so you feel the compulsion to keep reading it. So I get why people are losing their minds over this book, and I thought it was OK in that aspect. Especially if it is going to get people to re [...]


    • I couldn't put this book down. It had to get better.but it didn't. The premise of this book was a great idea but the book failed overall. Be careful what you Google about yourselfCaroline lied about everything to write a book. That's not googling yourself. You finished the book to find out nothing you just read was truebut was it? It was confusing to follow. Some areas in the book were not explained. Caroline was psychotic and she wanted the world to know it without them knowing it was true. She [...]


    • This book starts off with such promise, excitement and suspense, but then quickly deteriorates into the most ridiculous, improbable story I’ve read in a long time. If you can suspend belief for the duration of this book, then you’ll be ok; if not, then I suggest you don’t start it in the first place!Caroline is a seemingly average suburban housewife, mother of two, and wannabe writer. Apparently the hobby of the moment amongst her fellow school moms is Googling yourself, which Caroline doe [...]


    • I don't even know what to say about this book. This book was confusing. This book was very slow. You could actually skip paragraphs and not miss anything. There were so many unanswered questions. The ending or the 'twist' was - odd? I really believe she was hoping this would be the next Gone Girl. The difference was that Gone Girl worked, this didn't at all.




    • As the summer temperatures skyrocket, I tend to turn to thrillers. I have to say that The Memory Box kept my attention so I could ignore the heat and sweat.This is a psychological thriller where you are witnessing a woman come unraveled as she explores a past she does not remember. What I really enjoyed is I did not know where the twists were going. I did not figure out the ending. This is a well crafted and entertaining. I highly recommend getting a cold drink, a comfortable seat in the shade o [...]


    • Not good at all. I can't believe that the book uses "Googling yourself" as a major plot device. The characters are completely unbelievable and the conversation is ridiculous. No one that I know talks this way about themselves, their friends, or their community.


    • Eva Lesko Natiello’sTHE MEMORY BOX, is like no other book I have ever read. I cannot believe someone has not purchased the film rights. It is “prime” for the big screen. Unique and impressive debut. A crafty dark creepy mind-blowing domestic suspense psychological thriller with an unreliable narrator. Fans of this genre- Move this bookto the TOP of your reading list . . like NOW! Better still, buy the audio to achieve the ultimate thrill ride. OBSESSION.Evil.Who is the real Caroline Spence [...]


    • This book pulled me in so many different directions. While Caroline was coming apart I kept thinking who forgets most of their life and invents a new one? What kind of trauma does someone have to have for memory loss that significant to happen. Then there were twists and turns that I didn't see coming. It was hard to put this book down. And then the big reveal. Whoa!This was a really good book and well worth the time to read.


    • I don't have a flipping clue how to review this book! It was a train wreck, and not in a good way. The beginning was "normal" but it went off the rails pretty quickly.A suburban mom with two young daughters and a loving husband begins to have memories that aren't hers, or so she thinks. This woman has a life that is total fantasy. It is a life she has created and it is a life she is content with until she Googles herself. Cracks appear in her life, big cracks, nasty cracks that begin to lead her [...]


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