Hello and welcome to our stop on the Manipulated Lives blog tour!
Thank you very much to Emma @ Damppebbles and H A Leuschel for providing a copy of the book to [K]
The reviews below are 100% honest and all of her own views.
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.
I found this to be a cleverly written set of 5 stories about narcissist’s games and manipulations, some of which hit a little close to home for me.
In each short story we are taken into the main characters world and walk beside them as they live their lives with these cunning people who know how and what to do to get what they want. In each story they are told in a different way so each whilst has the same theme of narcissists no 2 stories are the same, one of which actually had me guessing who the manipulator was, showing that these motives are not always obvious to the observer, let alone the person subject to their attentions.
Even though this can be a dark theme about narcissistic abuse, there is a positive message of survival that all the victims can and do break free to live their lives free of their manipulators, who get what they deserve.
This was my first book by HA Leuschel, but I loved her writing style and will definitely be looking out for more of her books to read soon.
Helene Andrea Leuschel gained a Master in Journalism & Communication, which led to a career in radio and television in Brussels, London and Edinburgh. She later acquired a Master in Philosophy, specializing in the study of the mind. Helene has a particular interest in emotional, psychological and social well-being and this led her to write her first novel, Manipulated Lives, a fictional collection of five novellas, each highlighting the dangers of interacting with narcissists. She lives with her husband and two children in Portugal.
Published in paperback and digital formats on 28th June 2016
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