The Memory Box by Eva Lesko Natiello

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The Memory Box
Cover of The Memory Box by Eva Lesko Natiello
Author(s) Eva Lesko Natiello
Published June 24, 2014
Publisher Fine Line Publishing
Genre(s) Psychological Thriller
Age group Adult


The Memory Box by Eva Lesko Natiello revolves around the story of Caroline Thompson, who discovers the obituary of her sister when Googling her maiden name — a sister she does not remember dying. It was originally published June 24, 2014.

Trigger Warnings

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  • Ableism
    During Caroline's spiral, ableist language is used towards her by herself and by others.
  • Abortion
    Caroline, in her younger years, gets an abortion. The abortion is never spoken about in detail, though it is referenced several times.
  • Blood
    There are several accidents in the book, and blood is heavily mentioned in all of these scenes. Many of these accidents involve child characters. In addition, there is a scene in which ketchup is spilled on a while shirt, and it is referenced as resembling blood.
  • Car accident
    A child is involved in a car accident, though it happens before the events of the book and is not spoken about in detail, though it is referenced several times.
  • Death
    Early in the book, Caroline finds out her sister, JD, is dead. The death is the central conflict in the book and referenced repeatedly. Other deaths are mentioned, but sparingly.
  • Fatphobia
    During a tape recording played during therapy, Caroline's mother makes several fatphobic remarks towards her.
  • Hallucinations
    During Caroline's spiral, she experiences auditory hallucinations of her family calling for her. This only occurs in a few scenes.
  • Hospitalisation
    There is a single scene set in a hospital, and many others that reference different hospitalizations and ambulance rides.
  • Infertility
    After her abortion, Caroline was no longer able to conceive. This is referenced heavily in the beginning of the novel and again towards the end.
  • Murder
    Towards the end of the book, a murder is described in detail, though it happened in the past and thus is told in past tense.
  • Poison
    There is a graphic description of a character killed by poisoning.
  • Rape
    There is a description of a rape scene told from the perspective of the rapist to another character at the very end of the novel.
  • Self-harm
    During a therapy session, a tape is played that describes Caroline, as a child, knocking her own teeth out with a hammer. The description is graphic.
  • Slut shaming
    Caroline makes several derogatory remarks towards other female character's sexual histories during the novel.
  • Suicide
    There are several references to suicide in regards to Caroline's dead sister. There is no explicit description of it.
  • Violence
    There are several accidents over the course of the book, described in great detail over several chapters. It includes facial wounds and broken bones, in addition to a very graphically described paper cut.

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