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The Mystery Box

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,440 Ratings  ·  175 Reviews
Soccer mom Yvette Palmer lives an ordinary life in San Antonio, Texas when a box is delivered to her by mistake, and in taking it to its rightful owner—a crotchety neighbor named Mona who shares her back fence—is drawn into a strange and haunting tale.

Mona’s ratty robe, mood swings, and secretive behavior all raise red flags, and Yvette is sure someone else is living ther
Paperback, 314 pages
Published August 15th 2012 by Green Press/Eva Pohler (first published May 2nd 2011)
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Mar 24, 2016 MedinaReads rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I loved this book . It took me almost one month to finish it (not because I couldn't , but I was feeling a bit lazy to read online) and it was great. I was excited to start reading it , and I liked the beginning , the way the author put every character in its role .

When I started reading it , I found myself reading more than 100 pages in one day . And than I thought that finishing this book was easy , but in the middle of the book, I got bored. That's why I felt too lazy to continue reading it
Jonel Boyko
Jun 11, 2015 Jonel Boyko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel is simultaneously mellow and intense. Pohler mixes intrigue with suspense to keep you on your toes throughout. By writing in the present tense Pohler gives a sense of the here and now, adding to the suspense of the tale. She also flashes back to provide the background for current events in a very captivating manner. I fully admit that at the beginning I found myself wondering where the story was going, but once it took off I was hooked. The genetics and history worked into this novel ...more
Jan Pelosi
Jan 30, 2015 Jan Pelosi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This has to be one of the strangest books I've ever read, and I only did so due to my book club. I thought it might be interesting somehow because much of it takes place in San Antonio and surrounding areas, but oh was I wrong.

Two things jumped out at me with this book--either the writer is just a very bored housewife who watches too much news on TV and tried to cram a variety of sensational stories into this book (Taliban, child abduction, etc) OR that it was really written by a bunch of high s
Mar 12, 2014 Stephanie rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I found that Mona's character was very odd at first, but I enjoyed reading the path that led to her strange qualities. Yvette seems to think poorly of herself at times, but ends up being stronger than she thinks she is. The tale started off a bit slow at first. Once I got further into the story, I was hooked! I ended up staying up until 2am one night because I HAD to find out what happened with the characters. I will definitely be reading the next book in the series, ...more
Feb 11, 2014 Diana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book that you will not put down...

This book was not at all what I was expecting. I read it in less than 16 hours as I could not put it down. Ms.Pohler weaves a story that will leave you turning pages as fast as you can to see what happens next. Actually, there is a story within a story. Yvette is feeling stuck in her hum drum life when a package leads her to Mona, a batty old neighbor. As Mona tells her life story, Yvette becomes powerless to stay away... even at the risk of missing family tim
Eva Pohler writes like no other. Every book of hers that I have read has been a non stop read. I can't put them down until I am finished with them. She has done it again with The Mystery Box. The book has so many twists and turns you don't know which way you are going until you get there. It kept me on the edge of my seat and up at night until I was finished. So happy that I was able to read this book and can't wait to start the next. Everyone should read this book. Eva knows just how to keep th ...more
Jodi Perkins
Feb 21, 2016 Jodi Perkins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It's a difficult one to put your finger on--there is nothing innately thrilling or suspenseful that happens through the majority of the novel. Yet, somehow, I couldn't put it down. Eva Pohler is a master of building intensity and suspense in subtle, yet eloquent, ways. I loved the duel-narration, and found myself engrossed in Yvette's present as much as I was in Mona's past. It was an interesting--yet brilliant--decision for Pohler to narrate Mona's compelling tale in ...more
Rosie Amber
Jun 18, 2014 Rosie Amber rated it really liked it
I really didn't know what to expect from this book. It's a mystery thriller with many different emotions running through it. Yvette and her family live in Texas. They share a fence with a cranky women they've nicknamed Cruella she moans when their dog barks and the kids are too noisy. One day a mystery package arrives and Yvette discovers it belongs to Cruella.

Cruella's real name is Mona and when Yvette deliveries the package she finds a strange lonely woman who has a tale to tell. Mona invites
Siyoung Yoo
Mar 20, 2014 Siyoung Yoo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book brought my emotions flowing out like water. Water pouring down my face.


A fight over a child.
A mere child.
A child with a name... Anna/Casey.
Killing, crying, sympathy, romance, all in one book.

Ahmend kidnaps Mona and suddenly Mona holds Ahmend's baby in her womb. Mona may love Amhend a little, but she desires freedom from her creepy husband even more. Amhen have been doing illegal expiriments on people, making them suicide...

Yet one victim survive his torment.

Her name is....

Ray Bliss
Mar 03, 2014 Ray Bliss rated it liked it
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The Mystery Box by Eva Pohler

I’m giving it 3.5 Stars (rounding down to 3) I’d have given it a full 4 Stars, but just didn’t like Yvette’s character.

There are two stories going on, the present with Yvette, her family and her receiving a package meant for her hated, strange neighbor Mona. After Yvette delivers said package she becomes entranced with the story Mona tells her about her past that deals with love, suspense, mystery, action and betrayal.

Mona’s story is gripping, exciting and there are
Jan 29, 2016 Karla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could NOT stop reading this book!! I figured out the connection about half way through the book but it didn't stop my enjoyment. I questioned Mona until the author revealed the truth. Seriously VERY good. The Kindle version I got called it "The Mystery Box Collection", but after reading the synopsis' of her other books, I don't think they're related. I will definitely be reading them though if they are as good as this was.
Jan 18, 2016 charlie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I devoured this book. This is free on iBooks and I've never felt so grateful for that app before - this is truly a gem amongst rubble found on there. It has such an unusual plot line; unlike anything I've read and definitely not what I expected. Full of surprises and suspense. Read this if you love thrillers and crime fiction, you'll enjoy it.
Feb 21, 2014 Elaine rated it really liked it
Housewife and mother of three Yvette lives a normal everyday life but is bored, and she wants something to happen. When a package is misdelivered to her address and she decides to deliver it to the rightful recipient, neighbour Mona, she doesn’t realise that she is about to open up a can of worms and something is definitely about to happen. Mona insists on talking to her, saying that she has a story to tell that Yvette must hear. It is a long winded story and all the time Yvette is convinced tha ...more
Feb 09, 2014 Katherine rated it really liked it
The Mystery Box by Eva Pohler is a contemporary story with elements of romance, suspense, action, and mystery. The story focuses on Yvette, a wife and mother who is a little bored with her life. One day a box is delivered to her house but it's not for
her. When she delivers the contents to the rightful owner, her neighbor Mona, she becomes entranced with the story Mona tells her.(It's hard to say anything else about the plot without giving too much away and including spoilers.)
This story is very
Feb 13, 2016 Gemma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't read this fast enough. gripping page turner. you are drawn into the story line as the characters life stories unfold. unpredictable and moving.
Georgetta McCarty
Keeps you reading and on the edge of your seat

Eva Pohler has written a outstanding book that delves into the romantic love of several diverse couples. She reveals the obsessive relationship and how it can develop, fester, and flip into hatred. The story also covers the complexities of parental love, frustrated loves, and love that has become stale.
The story is well written, but not intended as a light read. The story is told in both the present tense and then one character narrates from her pa
Amanda Kieckbusch-Brown
Apr 21, 2014 Amanda Kieckbusch-Brown rated it it was amazing
I loved this story. It's not the typical paranormal book that Eva would write, which makes it that much better. Filled with suspense, action, and the mysterious question on why this box was sent to Yvette to begin with. Finding the rightful owner of the box, she stumbles upon her nosey, yet 'not all there' neighbor Mona.
Mona has a story to tell to Yvette, but when Yvette questions her reasoning to listen due to Mona's behavior, mood swings, strange noises from the house, Yvette doesn't know if
Dana Tillman
Mar 02, 2014 Dana Tillman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"A Page Turner"

This story pulls you into the life of Yvette, the beginning of her journey from feeling so content with her life that she takes it for granted. Her increasing desire to become more interested in things that are separate from her family shows how she is beginning to isolate from those that love her. Interestingly enough a simply act of "delivering a box" leads her to a path which will have her reassess her complacency & no longer take for granted the things that mean the most t
Angela(demonsangel) Fitzgerald
This was a different story by author Eva Pohler and it's surprising to discover just how good Eva is. I still have two audio books in the Gatekeeper's Saga but I listened to Purgotorium and The Mystery Box and loved them both. I love Eva's stories and I get so excited when I discover she has written a new book. I always look forward to see where she will take me next.

I will also say the narrator was really good and did a great job with the accents. Narrator Nancy J. Alexander did an exceptional
Feb 15, 2014 Kristi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't even know where to begin. Eva has done it again!!!!!! I used to love reading mystery and suspense when I was younger, all of Stephen King, yet as if late I'm drawn more to fantasy and paranormal. this story, with another completely enthralling story inside of it hooked me. I found it impossible to put down. The story line, characters, and plot are all very intriguing and have you guessing and nail biting all the way through. it's so intense and emotional you feel like you're actually in ...more
Renae Poletti
Nov 30, 2014 Renae Poletti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I read the Mystery Box when it first came out and it still has stayed with me. I was drawn in by the fact that Yvette was a housewife who felt stuck in a rut and in need for excitement. She receives a package delivered to the wrong address, and returns it reluctantly to it's rightful owner. The owner, a strange woman named Mona, begins to tell her over the course of days the story that coincides with the box. My patience was tested right along with Yvette waiting for the next day that I could no
Nov 09, 2015 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nicely done, Ms Pohler! Just as Mona sucked in Yvette with her story, so have you. Like Yvette, you kept your readers wondering if Mona was delusional or just a con or?
Janet Vanderbeek
May 30, 2014 Janet Vanderbeek rated it really liked it
When I started reading this book I wasn't sure if I was going to even like it but found myself unable to put it down. This book is filled with suspense and Mona's story is so gripping I couldn't wait to get through the chapters about Yvette and her story and get back to Mona's. I knew as soon as adoption was mentioned where the story was going but I wanted to know Mona's whole story and how it would end.

I did get a bit tired of Yvette and the italic comments of "liar and no backbone". That was a
Erica Glass
Mar 13, 2014 Erica Glass rated it really liked it
I almost put this one down after a few pages in. It read awkward to me. It's in third person and I'm a first person kinda gal. When I feel on the fence about a book I always go read the reviews on Goodreads. Imagine my surprise when I see nothing but 4-5 star reviews! So I thought I'd give it a few more pages. WOW. I'm really glad I did. I love Mona's part in the story and the second half of the book is a real page turner. I'll admit I skimmed through a lot of Yvette's parts though. She didn't h ...more
Oct 03, 2012 Joan rated it it was amazing
I received this book thru Goodreads giveaways. Really enjoyed!
Paula Howard
Dec 09, 2014 Paula Howard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well written, fast paced book with lots of twists and turns. Yvette is a mother of three. Her youngest, Casey, is a little girl that was adopted. Yvette gets a package from UPS with baby clothes in it... buried in the box is the address of the strange neighbor behind her. After delivering the box, she gets sucked into the story of Mona's life. It impacts her and her family far more than she could ever imagine.

Don't read this book until you have time to finish it. Yes, it is that addicting.
Raquel Perryman
Apr 20, 2014 Raquel Perryman rated it it was amazing
I read this book in about 2 days!! I couldnt put it down and when i had to put it down all i could think about was this book and what i just read. Love the idea of her getting the nieghbors box by mistake, i can relate to this cause i get my neighbors stuff all the time!!! The author is now one of my favorite and if you dont own any other of her books, you are missing out!! Not only is the writing wonderful in this book but Yvette was wonderful! Plot was very entertaining and kept me drawn in
Feb 08, 2016 Zippergirl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I've been Pohler-IZED! (I'm somewhat at a disadvantage when i write a review without a physical book to flip through as i think and scribe, aren't you? I'll do my best.)

This was one crazy ride, from mystery box and baby clothes, to Taliban and trichotillomania. I zoomed through in about four hours. i only opened it (like the mystery box) to see where it went, and didn't stop for ANYTHING. I _had_ to know what was up with the strange and spooky redhead behind the fence. Though you get a big A-ha
Jennifer Pierson
I am not a big mystery fan but I love Eva Pohler's writing so I decided to read this too. Wow! I was up until 3 am this morning because I couldn't put this book down! (good thing I was off work today!) Like The Gatekeepers Saga, this book grabbed me and wouldn't let me go! It was exciting from beginning to end! I will recommend this book to anyone no matter what type of book genre they like! It's even free on Amazon so there is no excuse not to try it! Well done Eva Pohler!
Ava Martin
Feb 17, 2014 Ava Martin rated it it was amazing
I found this book on the daily deal list through BookBub and the description intrigued me so much I bought the book. I was drawn in by the relationship of Mona with the professor and I kept wanting to know what happened next so I kept on reading and the last third of the book had my heart racing. I also read the first chapter of the next book, The Mystery Tomb which was included and I can't wait to read that one. Will definitely be reading more of Eva's books.
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Eva Pohler is the Amazon bestselling author of The Mystery Book Collection and three teen series. The Gatekeeper's Saga and The Vampires of Athens both portray her love for Greek mythology. The Purgatorium Series is a psychological thriller and island adventure story.
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