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    Fascinating insight into the world of manipulators

    'Manipulated lives' is a storybook containing five separate, interesting tales of “people who, at different stages of their lives, have come to terms with the damage caused by someone’s manipulative perversion.” 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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    Provocative and stimulating

    Provocative and stimulating I was intrigued to discover this collection of short stories for the adult reader. Helene Leusche writes with an easy hand on a challenging topic. To do her credit, she hold a Master of Philosophy with the OU. I would associate this collection of five novellas with a musical suite and Mrs. Leusche with a master of technique. The five stories in “Manipulated Lives” allow for a twin point of view, that the of the prey and of the predator; rooting into the past, why the need to manipulate, and projecting into the further. A provocative and stimulating read. I mostly enjoyed “My Perfect Child” as it dwells into parenthood. I look forward to reading more from this promising author. If you have a keen interest on human behavior or are just an everyday observer of social life, then “Manipulated Lives” by Helene Leusche is the right read for you.
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    Wonderfully written collection of short stories

    I don’t usually read short stories or novellas - actually, I never read them… until I was introduced to the deeply moving stories in H.A Leuschel’s Manipulated Lives. I decided to read one per night, which was just the perfect length before bedtime. Manipulated Lives tells the stories of five very different people who have been affected, one way or other, by extremely manipulative people. And the hardest part on finishing each story, is knowing that these horrible things happen to so many people in their everyday lives. H.A Leuschel demonstrates with her wonderfully talented way with words, just how these people use manipulation techniques to get exactly what they want - it could be a husband abusing his wife, an old man who has twisted things to his liking all his life or a troubled youngster simply looking for a better life. Whether it’s the main characters themselves who are the manipulators or who are being manipulated, you’ll see through H.A Leuschel’s masterpiece just how easy it is to be affected in this way. If you’re intrigued by people’s lives and relationships, then I urge you to read Manipulated Lives. It’ll sadden you for sure, but I have no doubt that you’ll be sucked in to these worlds the author has created. You might even start to look at those around you just a little differently…
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