A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (Mini Review)

izsottmTitle: A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning
Author: Lemony Snicket
Type: Fiction
Genre: Suspense
Publisher: HarperCollins
Date published: September 30, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 176
Source: Publisher

A physical copy of the book was kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: Dear Reader,

I’m sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.

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The Memory Box Eva Lesko Natiello (Mini Review)

22587180Title: The Memory Box
Author: Eva Lesko Natiello
Type: Fiction
Genre: Mystery, Thiller
Publisher: Fine Line Publishing
Date published: June 25, 2014
Format: Digital
Page Count: 260
Source: Author

A digital copy of the book was kindly provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: 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 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 for control. With its twists, taut pacing, and psychological tenor, Natiello’s page-turning suspense cautions: Be careful what you search for.

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