Manipulated lives was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Book: Manipulated Lives
Author: H.A Leuschel
Publication date: 8th June 2016
Five stories – Five Lives.
Five fictional, compelling true-to-life stories about how people can be manipulated by others, yet eventually find the strength to move on.
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 yet ultimately, also send a positive message that once you understand a manipulator’s moves, you can break free from them and let go of the past.
This isnt just one story like I thought it was when I first started reading but 5 individual novellas all revolving around one theme and that is manipulation as the title hints too.
Throughout this story we meet a lot of people who have been put through a lot of manipulation and how they deal with that throughout this story.
These stories I found to be quite sad but I enjoyed reading them and seeing how different people deal with manipulation and how they get themselves out of the situation. These stories arent just sad but do contain flickers of happiness and hope.
This story collection was a very interesting read and would definitely recommend you give this one a go.