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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Manipulated Lives by H.A. Leuschel - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

When a manipulator dominates someone's life, it's often an incredibly painful experience. People can be wrecked or even completely destroyed and it isn't always easy to move on after the devastating grief this can bring. Manipulators can for example be loved ones, who pretend to care, but actually want to abuse, seemingly doting fathers who use their cute kid to get whatever they need, handsome boys who exactly know how to get what they are after or family members you love and will forgive too easily. What will happen when these people are a part of someone's life and threaten everything they hold dear?

Manipulated Lives is an impressive collection of short stories about a fantastic topic, manipulation. H.A. Leuschel's writing is beautiful and she thoroughly describes the personalities of her characters. I was spellbound by her stories. Most people have encountered a manipulative person in their lives at least once and have seen what they can do, so these stories are about a universal topic. They are incredibly honest and realistic and I loved how H.A. Leuschel describes the subtle ways her skillful manipulators use to make sure people do exactly what they want. I liked the psychological depth of her stories and think she's found the exact right tone of voice for her subject. The result is a fantastic book.

H.A. Leuschel's writing style has a great flow. She effortlessly drew me into her stories. They're all of fabulous quality and I couldn't put a single one of them down. I was shocked, mesmerized, upset, angry and irritated at times, which is exactly the kind of emotional response I'm looking for when I'm reading stories with this type of subject matter. Manipulative Lives is a terrific collection of short stories that I highly recommend.


If you love deep psychological fiction you should definitely read Manipulated Lives.

About H.A. Leuschel

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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  1. Manipulated Lives sounds like a thought provoking collection of short stories that packs an emotional punch.

  2. Yes! Another chance to win a copy of Manipulated Lives. Suze, you know this one is my kind of read!

  3. Love to read this book, would be a great read and addition to my collection xx

  4. This sounds like a really emotional read by a talented author.

  5. Yes, this does sound emotional & intense. Sounds fascinating.

  6. It sounds like an amazing reading for my summer holidays

  7. It sounds very sad. I know someone that fits each description.

  8. Sounds thrilling! I'd love to read it.

  9. Sounds like an intriguing book

  10. Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

  11. It sounds like a book i would very much enjoy to read. I like to read stories involving psychological complexities or specific behaviour. Good luck with yor books and thank you for the giveaway.