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.
People who don't mind long waits between the story's "action"?
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.
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?
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.
I don't recommend this novel. I can see from the other reviews that many others also didn't like this story.
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.
"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.
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."
Although this book did have a pretty good ending, it took SO long to get there that it almost lost me. And by the time it got to the ending, I had long ago figured out all the plot twists and was really no longer that interested. The only thing that got me was the final twist at the end! The narrator confused me. I'm not sure if she used a constantly whiney/breathy voice because that's what the story called for or because that's how she reads. Either way, it left me feeling aggravated and uncomfortable. I was so fed up with all the whiney, helplessness of the protagonist by the second hour that I was ready to give up on the whole story right then. But I'm the type of person that has to see a book through, no matter how horrible. I'm glad I did because it did improve, slightly. This book just didn't seem realistic to me in any sense. I couldn't relate to Caroline AT ALL. The way she reacted to things and the decisions she made just didn't seem realistic in "My World". There didn't seem to be any rationality to any decision that she made and, hey, maybe that was part of her mental illness manifesting itself, but even knowing that might be the case, I still couldn't relate. Instead, I found myself wanting her to fall flat on her face or to actually end up messing up and ending up in one of the embarrassing situations she dreaded so much because I came to dislike her with such a passion. That too may be what the author was looking for. Whether I really enjoyed the book or not, it did make me feel things passionately for the characters. I wouldn't say it was a waste of a credit, but it'll definitely mess with your mind. I think it's one of those books that you'll either love or hate. So give it a shot and see how you feel. If you hate it, you can always return it to Audible without a problem. That's what I'm going to do.
"Read it for Book Club: Hated it"
The pacing of the story. The plot.
Hollow- but I can't honestly say she wasn't just in character for this horrible book.
I would cut the husband.
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.
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.
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!
"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.
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.
From beginning to end...great book. Would definitely recommend. Very suspenseful. One that you don't figure out till the end
"One of the worst books ever"
I downloaded this without looking at any reviews. Big mistake. I would suggest reading some of the one and two star reviews on Amazon, which detail exactly why this book is so very awful. The one thing I would add is that it's even worse on audio because about 9 of the 11 hours are read in an overwrought or hysterical tone.
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