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.
Praise for The Memory Box
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 a Bookie’s Son
“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
“5-Stars” “…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
“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, award winning debut novel of author Eva Lesko Natiello about a woman who Google’s herself and discovers the shocking details of a past she doesn’t remember, is available now in paperback and ebook.
From the author: “A New York Times article I read about a California teenager who Googled himself and discovered he was on a missing persons list in Canada, was the impetus for THE MEMORY BOX,” explains author Natiello. “He didn’t know he was a victim of parental abduction,” she adds. “I was fascinated with the possibility you may not know everything about yourself.”
THE MEMORY BOX is the newest release from the hottest genre today—the marriage thriller—described as “psychological page-turners that subvert the happily-ever-after formula of classic chic lit—hence their other moniker, “chic noir”—turning the mundanity of the domestic sphere into a hotbed of betrayal, secrets, and lies.” (Lucy Scholes of The Daily Beast)
“I especially love this genre of thrillers because they hit closest to home,” says Natiello, “both literally and figuratively, and are the most unsettling because of that. THE MEMORY BOX, like the other thrillers in this genre, like The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty and The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison, exposes the age-old fear of “how well do you know your spouse?” at a time when everything is seemingly knowable.