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The Mystery Box

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  3,174 ratings  ·  341 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 the
Paperback, 314 pages
Published August 15th 2012 by Green Press/Eva Pohler (first published May 2nd 2011)
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Jan Pelosi
Jan 30, 2015 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
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: print
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
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
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
Karen B.
I got a slow start reading this ... started with audible and the beginning didn't really grab my interest but then... It got so good! The suspense was well done as I wondered if Mona was tricking Yvette. It was a story within a story and it just kept getting better as the three women grew and changed. I was especially pleased by how Yvette was affected by Mona's story. From about 75% I just couldn't put the book down and when I got to the end I was sad that it ended. I wanted more although it wa ...more
Ray Bliss
Feb 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed-general
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
Feb 11, 2014 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
Rosie Amber
Jun 15, 2014 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
Feb 20, 2014 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
Siyoung Yoo
Mar 01, 2014 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....

Mir H. S. Quadri

I don't know what, but there was something very unsettling about this book. While it certainly was indulging, something about it just didn't feel right to me.

This book, to me as a reader, felt like I was invading someone's privacy. Getting to know things I had no business knowing. As a reader, I felt like I was prying into the lives of these fictional characters and it didn't feel good.

Maybe its the way this story is narrated. It's basically seen through the eyes of two main characters
Mar 12, 2014 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
Ramisa R
Apr 06, 2014 rated it liked it
The Mystery Box is a brilliant page-turner that kept me reading until 2 AM. The concept is haunting, the characters are relateable, and the unease is always there through every word of Mona's story.

However, the great execution faltered at the last minute. The events piled up too quickly, felt extremely rushed, and the ending wasn't believable. The actual build-up tension was well done, though; it's just the ending which prevented me giving the book full stars.

Also, the repeated "Liar" and italic
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
Jan 25, 2016 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. ...more
charlotte sometimes
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loved
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. ...more
Sep 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I received this book thru Goodreads giveaways. Really enjoyed!
Feb 12, 2014 rated it liked it
I found the writing resembled everything one would expect of a writing 101 class. While the story held suspense the storyline was far fetched and in many ways predictable.
Nov 09, 2015 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?
Jan 29, 2016 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. ...more
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My wife wanted 5 stars, it is a 4 star page turner hard to put down.

This is a story of what-ifs that keep you reading and guessing what the hell is going on. Is the mother of two dealing with a deranged killer or a mad woman. Hang on for the ride of where ever your imagination takes you with this thriller full of twists and turns.
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very strange and implausible tale that nonetheless sucked me right in, and I couldn't stop turning pages. A couple of typos in the Kindle edition were off-putting (you're for your, for example), but this was a compulsively readable mystery/thriller. I enjoyed it! ...more
Mar 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
3.5 stars. Couldn't put it down. ...more
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A random pick from my kindle, I was immediately drawn into Mona's story. Some parts of this book dragged as Mona became trapped in the far fetched kidnap scenario but I warmed to Mona by the dramatic end. I didn't really connect to Yvette but it was an unusual story that kept me interested. ...more
Jodi Perkins
Feb 05, 2016 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
Amanda Kieckbusch-Brown
Apr 21, 2014 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
Feb 09, 2014 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
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
Renae Poletti
Nov 30, 2014 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
Dana Tillman
Mar 02, 2014 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 to he
Georgie Mac
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Eva Pohler is a USA Today bestselling author of over twent-five novels in multiple genres, including mystyeries, thrillers, and young adult fantasy based on Greek mythology. Her books have been described as "addicting" and "sure to thrill"--Kirkus Reviews.

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