Thanks to Rachel for the invite and opportunity to read this novel!
This is a collection of five novellas and each feature characters that are affected by some form of manipulation. I was drawn into each story as the author does an excellent job developing the characters and bringing their stories to life in an interesting way. It is a scary thought that people can be manipulated by others and become trapped in their manipulators hold without even realizing what is happening.
Whether the characters were the victims or the abusers, the gripping story brought them to life. Victims can be anyone and any age.
Each story gives a glimpse of how lives can be devastated by a manipulator. I felt all the emotions as I read about how the characters were affected by the abuse and how they were so easily controlled. The psychological damage that occurs is a fascinating aspect of what happens and a cautionary tale for us all. Any of these stories could have been real situations and real lives.
The stories are well written and thought provoking. I was reminded of how some people are vulnerable and may be targeted by a narcissist. The psychology aspect was really fascinating to me.
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.
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Author Bio – 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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