The Memory Box - Eva Lesko Natiello

The Memory Box

By Eva Lesko Natiello

  • Release Date: 2014-06-25
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 123 Ratings



A psychological thriller page-turner with twists and turns until the very last page. 


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


A fast-paced suspense where a group of privileged suburban moms amuses 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

THE MEMORY BOX is a Houston Writers Guild 2014 Manuscript award winner.

"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

"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

"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

"5-STARS" -- San Francisco Book Review

" 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 left me feeling stunned . . ." --

". . . 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 SUNY Albany where she received a degree in psychology. She was born in Yonkers, NY and currently lives in suburban New Jersey with her family. Ms. Natiello's debut psychological thriller, THE MEMORY BOX, is a NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestseller and recipient of a Houston Writers Guild Manuscript award. When not writing suspense novels, Ms. Natiello enjoys writing humor and satire which can be read on her website and The Huffington Post. 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.


  • Couldn’t put down

    By marcobound
    Had me on the edge of my seat throughout. Couldn’t wait to see what would happen next!
  • Memory box

    By MCBC55
    Loved it! Will recommend. Crazy story!!!
  • What if your life was a lie?

    By Mlee102938
    Carolyn lives a perfect life in the suburbs. Until her dark past unravels the present life she has worked so hard to create.
  • The Memory Box

    By Scarlett Indigo
    Wow. This writer loves similes. Barely a sentence doesn't have one. Couldn't get past the sample.