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Manipulated Lives by HA Leuschel #Review #BlogTour #Giveaway

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 Review:

I’ve previously read My Sweet Friend  by this author and jumped at the opportunity to read this collection.Helene has written another thought provoking series of stories that will leave you questioning the motivations of people around you – just in case you, too, are being manipulated by narcissists!

These stories are enthrallingly believable which makes them all the more worrying. They are stories that show what can happen when someone becomes the victim of a narcissist but there’s also a light at the end of the tunnel as they also illustrate that when someone realises they are such a victim they can take steps to gain their freedom.

Each narcissist, story and scenario is different and stands well in its own right. Individually, they are brilliant, relatively quick reads that will keep you turning the pages hoping for the victim to escape. They will have you re-considering the motivations of others. It is at times worrying that narcissists are able to hide in full sight, using their skills to blend in, select their victims and gain whatever they crave without considering the consequences to others. Reading these very different stories also gives cues to look out for to recognise victims of such manipulators. When you’re looking for something very different to read, I highly recommend this collection – it certainly is thought provoking!

I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review.

Purchase Link – https://books2read.com/u/49P2MJ

Author Bio –

Helene Andrea 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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Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for providing materials for this post and organising the tour it is part of. The review is my own, honest opinion after choosing to read the book and thoroughly enjoying it. 

One comment on “Manipulated Lives by HA Leuschel #Review #BlogTour #Giveaway

  1. hlheleneleuschelcom
    July 30, 2019

    Thank you so much for the brilliant review and for taking part in the blog tour!! I very much appreciate it and am so glad you enjoyed the novellas! 🙂


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