Review: The Memory Box by Eva Lesko Natiello

memory boxAn interestingly-told point of view from a narrator who seems to have forgotten a huge chunk of her past. We learn, seemingly as the narrator does, that her sister is dead, that somehow the narrator now has custody of her niece (who she thought was her own). As she struggles to remember that lost period of time, she uncovers more and more of the story and of her past.

As the facts emerge, it gets weirder and weirder. Her behavior gets fairly eccentric and it becomes apparent that the narrator has some deep psychological issues. It’s hard to talk about what those issues are without majorly spoiling the book, so I won’t.

My only qualm with the book is that it was TOO over-the-top. It just seemed way out of the realm of possibility that the narrator was that forgetful, and that she was acting out the way she was described. She pulled the fire alarm at the school, for instance. Who would do that? I don’t care how messed up in the head you are. Or when she hid from another parent in her car and then floored it away from the school so she didn’t have to talk to her. Sure, we’ve all WANTED to do this at some point, but would anyone actually do this for real?

Regardless, this is a page turner and I don’t think you will guess where the story ends up. Well, I didn’t, anyway. Kudos to you if you figure it out before it’s revealed.

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