The Memory Box by Eva Lesko Natiello audiobook

The Memory Box

By Eva Lesko Natiello
Read by Cassandra Campbell

Blackstone Publishing 9780692239001
11.15 Hours Unabridged
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What would you do if you Googled yourself and uncovered 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 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.

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Summary

Summary

What would you do if you Googled yourself and uncovered 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 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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 (5 stars!)
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
“[An] impressive first novel.” John Biguenet, author of The Torturer’s Apprentice

Reviews

Reviews

by Rogue Writer 9/13/2017
Overall Performance
Narration
Story

A Bit Absurd

This book is hailed as the new Gone Girl. Although the comparison is appropriate, this story comes off as more absurd than compelling. There is a great twist and the payoff is worth it. Unfortunately, the bulk of the book and Caroline’s behavior, and the responses of those around her to her behavior, is too comical to be believable. Perhaps, the way she behaves would come off better in cinematic format?

I’m not a fan of crying, frantic narration, but I recognize that Cassandra Campbell’s take (mostly) fits the tone of the story. I wish she would have used this voicing choice more sparingly, then it wouldn’t have felt so heavy handed and wearisome. But that’s my personal preference. If you’re a fan of Cassandra’s style, you’re going to love her narration of this psycho thriller.

Author

Author Bio: Eva Lesko Natiello

Author Bio: Eva Lesko Natiello

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, New York, 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.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Thrillers/Suspense
Runtime: 11.15
Audience: Adult
Language: English