Manipulated Lives by H.A. Leuschel #BlogTour @rararesources @HALeuschel

Five compelling true-to-life stories each highlighting a narcissist’s manipulative mind games

Narcissists are everywhere. 

They can be witty, charming and highly charismatic.

Anyone can be their target.

At first their devious, calculating mind games can be hard to spot because they are masters of disguise, 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. 

All stories highlight to what extent narcissistic abuse can distort lives and threaten our self-worth yet ultimately, also send a positive message that once the narcissist is unmasked, the victims can at last break free.

My Thoughts

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 Tour.

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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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One thought on “Manipulated Lives by H.A. Leuschel #BlogTour @rararesources @HALeuschel

  1. Yes, sometimes collections aren’t always the best way to package novellas or short stories, as there’s always one or two that just don’t grab you like the others. But still, these sound mostly consistent, which is a good thing.


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