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Manipulated Lives Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B01GU27Y1E
- Publisher : EKT Selection Ltd (8 June 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 1908 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 273 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,038,848 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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.
The five stories give a fascinating insight into the world of manipulators and those manipulated. We experience the consequences on both sides – where does the need to manipulate come from? Parenting is the most difficult task for any human to undertake – and sometimes it just doesn’t work out. Does this cause people to manipulate? Or are you born with the markers for manipulation in your DNA?
These are compelling questions and this interesting book shows us the devastating effects of manipulative behaviour on people’s lives. The reader learns that there are more sides to a story, that the truth is subjective and that people, however intelligent, are vulnerable and can easily get hurt. The book makes you think, perhaps even recognize aspects of such behaviour – and provides valuable insights into the complexities of social interactions.
My personal favourite: Tess and Tattoos - touching and heart-warming.
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For me personally I would of preferred to of read these all separate rather than in a collection because some stories are stronger than others. i am actually torn in two writing this review because although each story draws you in from the start and each one is intriguing. I felt that some were more moving and powerful you could actually feel the emotion in the author's writing.
I particularly liked the The Spell and The Narcissist which had some twists and turns that I didn't see coming and just happened to be my kinda read preference.I am sure other readers will say different has we don't all like the same thing.
The character build up is spot on, which I wasn't expecting with them being short stories. You quickly get to know them and decide whether you like them or not. It will certainly get you thinking and questioning things around you.
Manipulated Lives is an unputdownable compelling read which I highly recommend giving it 4 stars
This is not a subject that I've given a lot of thought to in the past. However, when you read these stories, it really makes you think about how easy it is to allow someone to change your way of thinking.
I especially enjoyed the fourth story in the book called Runaway. As the story is based on a teenage girl, of which I have 2, I felt I was able to relate to it more than the others. However, it definitely makes you think about the different characters your children are going to mix with in the future and that you just have to hope they make the right choices.
Manipulators turn up in unexpected places, often living seemingly normal lives when viewed from the outside. What Leuschel does is unnerve us by drawing us in to show that these social misfits have their own demons too. It is not that easy to dismiss her characters as being entirely unlikeable. There is a poignancy to Leuschel’s writing which endows each manipulator with some likeable quality or weakness – although she also draws realistic victims who sometimes earn sympathy, sometimes not.
The cameos painted here by Leuschel are touching and ask difficult questions of the reader, showing us that manipulation is not an easy subject. The main protagonists in Runaway Girl and My Perfect Child pull at our heart-strings but it is Tess of the tattoos who shows us most how life can turn on a decision and be made more challenging than perhaps anyone deserves.
Highly recommended reading.
A book for any age group but particularly for young people as it may help them to be aware of what can happen.