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What would you do if you Googled yourself and discovered 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
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Paperback, 358 pages
Published June 25th 2014 by Fine Line Publishing (first published June 24th 2014)
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Miranda Reads
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
This was a first novel? Absolutely Brilliant
Some people are great collectors of secrets. They roll around, like swine, in the muck of them.
All the stuck-up moms from Caroline's daughters' elementary school started googling each other but when they googled Caroline...nothing major popped up.

At first Caroline was relieved. They got nothing on her. Suck it uptight witches.

But later, when she's home alone, Caroline wonders why nothing showed up. Surely, there would've been something she's done of note, right? So, she googlesbeen/>AtCaroline...nothing
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Mandy
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I felt like a schizophrenic on speed, while driving and trying to compute an equation and sew at the same time when I was reading this book. This book was nuts! I couldn't put this book down, I felt like I had to finish immediately to see what really happened. The ending blew me away. Literally threw me for a loop. Half the time I was reading I felt irritated, mad, confused, nervous... And all because of the main character. Her thoughts were all over the place like a ping pong ball. I just... Th ...more
Linda
Feb 07, 2015 rated it liked it
No.....Not.....Never

I just left a reading experience in which the main character made me feel like I was on a triple dose Red Bull IV with all spickets open full blast. And that ain't good, friends.

Caroline Thompson is a suburban mom with two young daughters. She's caught in the muck and mire of the competitive nature of the helicopter moms that hover over their children constantly. These long-pronged mothers set their sites on spreading gossip. No one is safe and anyone
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Kathy V
Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is like watching a train wreck. You want to look away, but you can't.
Karla
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Did I miss something with this read? Why all the high stars? Another reviewer said this was "unputdownable" well I could put it down and did...frequently!
**SPOILERS**
Perfect suburban housewife googles herself, finds an article that reveals her sisters is dead and it happened 6 years ago. Then follows chapter after never-ending chapter of inner housewife dialogue something along the lines of, "did she really die, how could she and I not know" "Am I losing my mind, how could I not reme
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Journey
Jan 08, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: not-ya
i have a couple questions:

1. how did this get published by an actual publisher?
2. how did this win an AWARD???
3. on a scale of 1-10, how strong of a case does gillian flynn have for slander every time someone mentions this book in the same sentence as gone girl? (answer: 11)

this was a trainwreck and not in a good way. i skipped many paragraphs, trying to just get to the end. the story itself is ridiculous and hard to believe, and then did anyone proofread this
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Jennie
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
I belong to an online book group, this was a group read pick. It was free through amazon prime lending and I thought, hey why not? The author will be doing a q/a event with the group in May. I think it is best if I don't participate in that! I didn't like it. Granted this isn't a genre I tend to enjoy. I grudgingly give it 2 stars, because it is compulsively readable... painfully compulsive like needing to turn the light on and off 17 times before you leave the house, so your grandma won't die. ...more
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AUDIO VERSION
I listened to the audio version of the book and the tone was totally frantic. The main character, Caroline, is a married mother of 2 girls. Her voice is hyper and breathless on the audio. It makes you constantly say, what is she stressing about?? Can I just shake her??

A bunch of gossipy suburban moms at the school are into googling other moms to gossip about. Caroline decides to beat them to it and googles herself. After that, her life spins out of control and she
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Nelly
Oct 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
Get ready to laugh uproariously at the gaffes and squishy kersplats of the panic-filled, klutzy, more-frequently-than-not incontinent protagonist of this book, Caroline Thompson. The only problem, of course, being that this book isn't a comedy. It's a suspense. A thriller. Well... It's not very thrilling, I'll tell you that.

Another reviewer called the tone of this book frenetic. This is exactly spot on. This book is like someone sitting down at a piano to play a dramatic piece and as
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Katz Nancy from NJ
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Talk about Gone Girl, talk about The Good Girl, talk about The Girl on the Train and then do yourself a favor and read The Memory Box and include it with these other titles when folks ask what to read.

I'm not going to reiterate the plot of this book or the characters but suffice it to say this is one terrific title. This book is a roller coaster ride from beginning to end and you as the reader never know what to expect. Ans the end? Wow - it really left me with the chills. Consider t
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Aditi
Jul 14, 2016 rated it liked it
“The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.”

----Friedrich Nietzsche


Eva Lesko Natiello, an award winning American author, has penned a gripping yet poignant psychological thriller in her debut book, The Memory Box that revolves around a mid-aged housewife with two daughters, who one day, decides to google her name, that results in the tragic news of her sister's death and that too 6 years ago but this housewife can rec
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Petra
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
What a crazy woman and unsuspenseful story! This book started out with a good premise: Caroline finds something on the internet about her family that she doesn't know about....something close; something she should know.
After that, the entire books unravels with crazy behavior, useless descriptions, wild antics. I kept reading only to find out why Caroline becomes so unhinged and becomes more so throughout the book.
But the ending wasn't worth the effort of reading this book. It's as crazy as Ca
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Lisa
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-like
Can someone please tell me why this got 4 or 5 stars? i want to know why? The Memory Box reminded me of a multiple car crash where everyone crashed into each other Caroline was neurotic & the way the author wrote the story its like just doing day to day duties.

Unfortunately it reminded me of kids who just cannot get of the net for 5 minutes its just my oppinion but was a very mundane read
Selena
Jun 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free e-copy of The Memory Box by Eva Lesko Natiello from NetGalley for my honest review.

What a crazy, all-over-the-place book. The book actually makes you feel like you are crazy yourself. I was getting frustrated and was going to stop reading it a couple of times but I kept getting drawn back into the craziness and drama. My review for this book is leaning closer to a 2.5 star review.

It is a story of a woman named Caroline who is a homemaker and a mother of
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i.
Sep 13, 2014 rated it liked it
The first word that comes to my mind after reading this book in one day and a half is unputdownable!. Even if I did lots of other things during that day and a half , I devoted all my free time to reading this captivating novel.

I don't really know how to describe Caroline, the main character, without giving the plot away. She made me feel worried, then sorry, later upset and finally terrified. She seemed to be a regular suburbian mother of two lovely girls and an apple pie contest win
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Erin
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kobo, books-i-own
I am really torn between writing a short and concise review of this story OR preparing a very lengthy podium speech about this book until the wee hours of a distant morning. Although this was not a book on my TBR shelf, I kept seeing it pop up in my KOBO recommendations. A thriller with an unreliable narrator is all the trend and I just couldn't help myself. Perhaps I need to be a bit more choosy?

Now I have probably made this sound like The Memory Box is a terrible book. That would act
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Jana Riley
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
Ugh. I really wanted to like this book. But something about it really frustrated me - I guess I'm not a huge fan of the author's writing style. There were pages and pages full of more descriptive passages than a freshman lit course, but not very much meat. I told my husband that it seemed like the author consistently described every aspect of, say, a window: the chipping paint, the smell, the color of the screws, the room surrounding the window, the glass shape...but took an eternity to show you ...more
Kelli
May 19, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is difficult to rate. The concept is brilliant, though the execution leaves a bit to be desired. It's frenetic and confusing, but it's no Mind of Winter. A touch too drawn out and unrealistic, this was still compelling and different...I just felt that it could've been amazing with a few tweaks. 3.5 stars
Erica
So...


Ok.
You know what I really don't like?
These.


I think they are disgusting, though I will admit that it's fun to peel off the marshmallow dome and move it around the table making it eat things like it's an amoeba.
Ahh, lunchtime memories.

Anyway, you might be wondering why I chose to bash SnoBalls.
It's because Caroline, our mentally unstable protagonist, has a secret addiction to these things, letting herself have one bite at a time and then squirreling the
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Chelsey Burch
Dec 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
Probably the worst book I've ever read. Ever. I'm actually angry that this was ever published, and even angrier with myself for finishing it. I skimmed the last 40% but should've just given it up.
Nancy Brady
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book
Ever Google yourself? Many people do at one time or another, but what if what is found there is disturbing? This is the premise behind The Memory Box, a roller coaster of a psychological thriller.

As Caroline finds her perfect life with Andy, Lilly, and Tessa built on lies and secrets (if the information she finds on her Google search is any indication), she starts to melt down. Or does she?

This debut novel is a mesmerizing story...one that is hard to put down until all th
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Bill
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.0 Stars

Unputdownable … you’ll know why!

Secrets. Deception. Subterfuge. White lies??

“An innocent secret is not really meant to be kept quiet … then there’s a different sort. The dark kind. My secret was buried for years. In the bowels of a brain and in a box.”

For Caroline Thompson, the suburbia of Fairhaven was the perfect cover for her secrets, the secluded burial ground for the depravity of her past. Six years ago she moved to Fairhaven with her husband Andrew, six years since the/>“An/>
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Rebecca
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
OK. So this book ... will likely haunt me for the rest of my librarian days. I really liked the idea of the story (and what I thought the story was going to be based on the book's synopsis). I also get why people are saying that this is an "unputdownable" read - it's a train wreck that you can't look away from so you feel the compulsion to keep reading it. So I get why people are losing their minds over this book, and I thought it was OK in that aspect. Especially if it is going to get people to ...more
Beth
Mar 04, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: bookclub
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Mandy White
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
Woah... that was full on! After a slow start I wasn't sure but once it got going it really moved!
Vicki Willis
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z-2018
If you like to be confused and not know what is going and have to reread to see if you missed something, then this is the book for you! I was very confused for most of the book, then once I figured out I was SUPPOSED to be confused, I tried to figure out what was going on. Well, it was all revealed at the end and though I had to finish to find out what happened, it was underwhelming. I also though the husband was written with a weird affect. He didn't make sense to me at all. Anyway, this is a b ...more
Janice
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book starts off with such promise, excitement and suspense, but then quickly deteriorates into the most ridiculous, improbable story I’ve read in a long time. If you can suspend belief for the duration of this book, then you’ll be ok; if not, then I suggest you don’t start it in the first place!
Caroline is a seemingly average suburban housewife, mother of two, and wannabe writer. Apparently the hobby of the moment amongst her fellow school moms is Googling yourself, which Caroline doe
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Rose
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was the strangest book. Not the story itself but the way it was written. It's about Caroline who is leading an overly-regular suburban housewife life. One day she Googles her own name and discovers things about herself that she doesn't remember.

For the first half of the book, I was sure it was written poorly. Caroline was all over the place. The story kept bouncing forward leaving out chunks of time. It was a whirlwind and I found it to be a bit disorienting but it had me so curious that I
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Julia Bragg
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thiller-mystery
I don't even know what to say about this book. This book was confusing. This book was very slow. You could actually skip paragraphs and not miss anything. There were so many unanswered questions. The ending or the 'twist' was - odd? I really believe she was hoping this would be the next Gone Girl. The difference was that Gone Girl worked, this didn't at all.
Rikke
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably more like 3.5. But it's definitely entertaining. Especially if you don't mind crazy. A lot of crazy.
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Eva Lesko Natiello is an award winning author and graduate of The State University of New York at Albany with a degree in psychology. Her professional experience includes cosmetics industry Public Relations and Communications executive.
Ms. Natiello is a native of Yonkers, New York and currently lives and writes in suburban NJ, which provides the setting for the fictional town in her debut ps
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“The thing about secrets is they’re mostly regrets, aren’t they? I mean, “good news” secrets aren’t really meant to be kept. Just the embarrassing, shameful kind. Everyone’s said or done something they wish they hadn’t. Maybe they were young and immature, or drunk and displayed temporary poor judgment. Do these things need to be broadcast? Should mistakes be tattooed on forearms?” 8 likes
“The pains in my heart don't go away these days. The heartaches are chronic; they layer on top of each other from one day to the next, thickening like a callus.” 5 likes
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