Five stories – Five Lives
Have you ever felt confused or at a loss for words in front of a spouse, colleague or parent, to the extent that you have felt inadequate or, worse, a failure? Do you ever wonder why someone close to you seems to endure humiliation without resistance?
Manipulators are everywhere. At first these devious and calculating people can be hard to spot, because that is their way. They are often masters of disguise: witty, disarming, even charming in public – tricks to snare their prey – but then they revert to their true self of being controlling and angry in private. Their main aim: to dominate and use others to satisfy their needs, with a complete lack of compassion and empathy for their victim.
In this collection of short novellas, you meet people like you and me, intent on living happy lives, yet each of them, in one way or another, is caught up and damaged by a manipulative individual. First you meet Tess, whose past is haunted by a wrong decision, then young, successful and well balanced Sophie, who is drawn into the life of a little boy and his troubled father. Next, there is teenage Holly, who is intent on making a better life for herself, followed by a manipulator himself, trying to make sense of his irreversible incarceration. Lastly, there is Lisa, who has to face a parent’s biggest regret. All stories highlight to what extent abusive manipulation can distort lives and threaten our very feeling of self-worth.
Manipulated Lives is a collection of five Novellas with each one telling a story of Manipulation.Tess and tattoos, The Spell, Runaway girl, The Narcissist and My perfect child Each story brings something different and paints a picture of an emotional realistic journey for each of the characters. Which unfortunately happens in real life and seems to be a subject that people shy away from. And this isn’t my normal kind of read I have to say the tag line Five stories – Five Lives sold it to me.
For me personally I would of preferred to of read these all separate rather than in a collection because some stories are stronger than others. i am actually torn in two writing this review because although each story draws you in from the start and each one is intriguing. I felt that some were more moving and powerful you could actually feel the emotion in the author’s writing.
I particularly liked the The Spell and The Narcissist which had some twists and turns that I didn’t see coming and just happened to be my kinda read preference.I am sure other readers will say different has we don’t all like the same thing.
The character build up is spot on, which I wasn’t expecting with them being short stories. You quickly get to know them and decide whether you like them or not. It will certainly get you thinking and questioning things around you.
Manipulated Lives is an unputdownable compelling read which I highly recommend giving it 4 stars
Thank you to Rachel Gilby for inviting me to take part on Manipulated Lives Blog Blitz
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Author Bio –
Helene Andrea Leuschel grew up in Belgium where she gained a Licentiate in Journalism & Communication, which led to a career in radio and television in Brussels, London and Edinburgh. She now lives with her husband and two children in Portugal and recently acquired a Master of Philosophy with the OU, deepening her passion for the study of the mind. When she is not writing, Helene works as a freelance journalist and teaches Yoga.
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