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Publisher's 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 with control. With its twists, taut pacing, and psychological tenor, Natiello's pause-resisting suspense cautions: Be careful what you search for.

©2014 Eva Lesko Natiello (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Maria
  • Oscoda, MI, United States
  • 04-10-16

Just couldn't finish it...

I wanted to like this book SO much... I mean, what a cool plot idea: a woman who sees something strange online after Googling herself, which leads to family secrets. The problem was, it was boring. It was clear early on what this "family secret" was, and after listening to very (very) detailed and endless descriptions of this woman's many breakdowns, I just got bored with it. Clearly she wasn't mentally all there, and being inside this woman's head was just... well, annoying. There wasn't much action besides the protagonist gasping, freezing, choking, spinning with dizziness and collapsing over every single thing every single step of the way. I would never act that way. I just didn't like her, and couldn't relate to her. Also, the barely-there husband didn't help the shallowness of the story. Such a bummer, but I gave up after investing nearly 3 hours. I just didn't care to hear the rest it.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Ugh.

Honestly, Caroline as a main character is a whiny, bizarre caricature of a modern day housewife, which I think housewives all over the country ought be furious about. Her endless chapters about the inward spiral of Caroline's inner monologue is monotonous and even downright annoying at times. I can say the only thing I genuinely liked about this book was that in the end Caroline ended up being a downright sociopath. I liked her as an unapologetic narcissist and murderer better than I ever could have as a scatterbrained hausfrau that constantly bashed the existence of trans fats.

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Crazy!

This book was not just good, it was crazy good. I can't go into too much detail because I don't want to give anything away. If you are suffering from Gone Girl withdrawal, clear your schedule for a whole day and read this book.

It really is that good!

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Painful listening

I kept listening in the hopes that this book would get better. The only thing tolerable was the Narrater, Casseandra Campbell.

There just be a warning label on this novel- "finishing this Novel may be difficult."

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Read it for Book Club: Hated it

What disappointed you about The Memory Box?

The pacing of the story. The plot.

Has The Memory Box turned you off from other books in this genre?

no.

What three words best describe Cassandra Campbell’s voice?

Hollow- but I can't honestly say she wasn't just in character for this horrible book.

What character would you cut from The Memory Box?

I would cut the husband.

Any additional comments?

We all agreed that if the friend had discovered the secret and they explored it together, and the second half of the book didn't happen, this would have been a much better story.<br/>

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Worth it

Parts of this story dragged but if you hang in there, the ending makes it worth it. At times it was easy to figure out where this story was going but done in such a way that nothing wS spoiled. I enjoyed the very realistic portrayal of life in the suburbs with everyone caught up in their own little dramas.

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Memory Box..sealed with a twist.

I was intrigued by the summary and found myself dragged in by suspense. While there were no chases, gun toting bad guys, or bloody corpses around every corner; I found the building plot delightfully troubling. The ongoing internal monologues , 'repressed memories', and psychopathic deception, all came together and left me wondering how it would all end.

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Excruciating

Great premise but poorly executed by the author. The main character's thoughts are so descriptively frantic (constantly), it keeps you feeling very anxious and you just want it to be over.

Normally, I would have given up halfway through but I was too curious to see how the author was going to wrap up and explain what she had started. The last part of the book was written much better... it had a small twist I wasn't expecting but it still did not give completely satisfactory answers.

The dialogue between characters was horrible. Names were over-used, almost as if the author did not think the reader would be able to keep up with who was being addressed. After a while, it got to be very annoying. The narrator's voice was pleasant enough but also ended up being very grating when it came to the male voices (especially Andy).

Overall, I felt I wasted a credit on this one.

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Not really my thing

This story was not one of my favorites. I always finish once I start, just kept thinking about getting through it and on to the next. Definitely a twist at the end. I have to say that the narrator was stellar.

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No story here

Very difficult to listen to. Plot was very dry, nothing really happened. Narrator was good.

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  • MRS
  • 05-17-17

Interesting and annoying in equal measures

The concept of the story is an interesting one. However there were a few 'holes' in it that were never really explained and the lead character was irritating to say the least. This being said I did need to keep listening which is unusual for me when I don't like a character. So all in all if you don't want examine the facts too closely and can deal a neurotic lead character its not a bad listen.

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  • Bianca Coleman
  • 04-20-17

Had real potential - but I'm giving up

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

People who don't mind long waits between the story's "action"?

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I found this book to be very long winded. The exciting elements of this story are few and far between and there's just too much 'dazed and confused' Caroline in between. The actual plot is very interesting and I want to know what happens in the end, but it's been pretty hard going listening to this story. Even my favourite narrator, Cassandra Campbell, couldn't help this sinking ship.

Which character – as performed by Cassandra Campbell – was your favourite?

Cassandra Campbell is such a great narrator but I don't think she had a lot to work with here. Maybe Caroline's mother on the tapes?

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Memory Box?

All the scenes where Caroline forgot to do things that people asked her to do. That was very irritating. We get it, she's confused and can't focus. Not sure how many times you have to labour this point.

Any additional comments?

I don't recommend this novel. I can see from the other reviews that many others also didn't like this story.

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  • Lona
  • 03-03-17

Had potential - poor ending

Looked like it was going to be a real thriller but really fizzled out in the last few chapters. Ending felt like the author needed to end the story quickly but it just wasn't a good ending. quite disappointed.