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.
Well Written, Entertaining stories!
This is a collection of five very readable stories. All of them stand alone as great tales and together they make an awesome read. For at least four of these I could think of people I know with similar tendencies .. which is a bit scary!
The first story is the one which shocked me the most, I think. The saying ‘be sure your sins will find you out’ came to mind in all cases. I’m not going to give anything away, but these are well written stories of novella length which certainly hit a few nerves and I’m sure I heard the penny drop more than once. We all make mistakes in life and this author shows that whilst you may wish to forget your past, others remember – and only too well.
I found this an easy read but definitely one which gave me food for thought. I recently read another book about manipulation and it amazes me just how much this trait rears it’s ugly head in everyday life! I’d like to think that Helene Leuschel’s novel will make me more aware of what others are up to and less likely to be drawn into their little games. I really feel that, as well as being entertained, I have learned such a lot from this book – let’s hope I don’t forget it when I meet the next manipulator! This is a read I heartily recommend to everyone .. well written, entertaining stories which will linger in your mind whilst you dissect them with your brain.
My grateful thanks to H. A. Leuschel for bringing this novel to my attention. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: abuse, families, manipulation
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 1783 KB
Print Length: 273 pages
Publisher: Helen Leuschel
Publication Date: 8 June 2016