Manipulated Lives

Manipulated Lives

by H. A. Leuschel

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ISBN-13: 9781534708976
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/28/2016
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

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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Manipulated Lives 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Suze-Lavender More than 1 year ago
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.
DarqueDreamer More than 1 year ago
As a whole, Manipulated Lives is profound, hard hitting, and emotional. It speaks volumes about knowing your own self worth, and not letting manipulative people push you around. It also teaches a lesson about being conscious of your own actions, and making sure you treat people with love and respect. I have really grown to love Helene's writing and her emotional stories that deal with important issues of humanity and morality. Tess With Tattoos Wow, this first story in the Manipulated Lives collection was heartbreaking and powerful. Tess was strong and beautiful, and so full of secrets and despair. Sandra was a saint, and such an amazing friend to someone who truly needed to feel like she wasn’t alone before the end. This one really highlighted the deep, emotional scars that can be left years after a horrible experience from a manipulative, abusive relationship. The Spell This one was definitely heart pounding. On one hand, we had poor little Leo, who was stuck in a sad situation of not knowing his mother, and living with his single dad. On the other hand, we had the story of a creepy stalker, a psychopathic mother, and the potential of not being able to fully trust Leo’s father. It was a highly thought provoking story, and Sophie was put in a very delicate situation of caring for Leo, falling for David, and not fully realizing the messed up family situation she was getting herself in to. Runaway Girl This one was definitely an interesting story. On the one hand, I loved how it highlighted a re-occurring problem with both teenagers, and society. Teenagers have a lot going on with school, home life, and their hormones. It becomes quite easy for parents, and other teenagers, to manipulate teens, and it is a scary situation to have to look out for. On the other hand, though I loved how this one was written to be its own story, with the manipulated lives story inside of it, it seemed to go on a little longer than I expected. I thought it was interesting to have Holly being manipulated by two different people, to highlight the aforementioned issues, but having this included with what felt like a story on its own made it feel a little more awkward. It was still quite a powerful story, and really had me feeling bad for Holly and her struggles with both her alcoholic mother, and her need for attention that drove her in to the arms of a male, teenage manipulator. The Narcissist The Narcissist is a powerful, sad story about how the things you do can come back to haunt you. This one made my heart hurt and made me so angry knowing that there are still manipulative people in the world who hurt others for enjoyment, or to make themselves feel better. It hurt my heart knowing that there are men out there like the patient in this story. Men who think women are beneath them, and don’t understand that abuse is wrong. This story definitely struck an emotional chord! My Perfect Child What an interesting story this was! I am not a parent, but I have always hated seeing parents who don’t know how to discipline their children, and this story was a perfect example of what happens without discipline. It reminded me a little of a movie called The Good Son. We always think about manipulators being adults, but not many people talk about manipulative children who have learned from the start that they can do whatever they want with parents who don’t lay down rules. This one was definitely an intriguing story! Even though I would not have given each story
BitsaboutBooks More than 1 year ago
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 recognise aspects of such behaviour – and provides valuable insights into the complexities of social interactions. My personal favourite: Tess and Tattoos - touching and heart-warming.
SmithFamilyInEngland More than 1 year ago
The huge amount of research into psychology that must have been carried out by the author H.A. Leuschel whilst writing "Manipulated Lives" is truly impressive. This book is made up of a superb collection of 5 short novellas depicting manipulators and the manipulated, highlighting to what extent abusive manipulation can distort and threaten lives. The 5 stories are - The Narcissist, Tess and Tattoos, The Spell, Runaway Girl and My Perfect Child. My favourite being Tess and Tattoos which I thought was very emotional. Each story is individually different, thought provoking, serious and at times poignant. Although can be read as standalones, if read together like I did, you do notice a very small and clever connection. There's some very strong characters throughout, some you like, some you won't, but you do feel empathy towards them. The author has written and created a brilliant set of stories that I thoroughly enjoyed reading and I can tell how much talent and passion has gone into writing this book. This was a very different read to my normal genres but I'm very glad I've read it. It's a fantastic insight into the minds of the manipulator and their victims and the author has produced an excellently crafted book that will without doubt appeal to many.
PatriciaFurstenberg More than 1 year ago
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.
Suzy_Turner More than 1 year ago
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…
Kissablysweetone More than 1 year ago
Have you ever felt confused or at a loss for words in front of a spouse, colleague or parent, to the extent that you have felt inadequate or, worse, a failure? Do you ever wonder why someone close to you seems to endure humiliation without resistance? Manipulators are everywhere. I did find issues. This book tends to ramble on and on. It has no real clear base story. It seems to drop you into the middle of a story and expects you to follow along. It's confusing and ambiguous at best. I gave this one 2 cheers out of 5 because of the issues listed. ~Copy of book provided by author and I voluntarily reviewed it.
Debby43 More than 1 year ago
While I normally tend to not read novella’s, I was fascinated by the idea of getting the perspective of the manipulator and the person getting manipulated. This book contains five novella’s in total, they are from different perspectives, and different walks of life. I really enjoyed how the author was able to show both sides of the story. While some of the stories didn’t really connect for me I would say that for the most part 4 out of 5 did. I really enjoyed how the author just dove right into human behavior and what makes a person tick. How some of the characters couldn’t even see that they were being manipulated until it was to late. Or how the person manipulating thought it was their right to do that… even though it wasn’t. I’m unsure what was creepier the people who knew they were manipulating and didn’t care? Or the people who didn’t know they were being manipulated?? I understand this is an actual thing that occurs regularly throughout the world. It’s such a sad thought that there are people out there being verbally and physically abused. I really like how this author didn’t sugar coat the good, the bad, and the ugly. I like books that get people talking to each other about topics that need discussed like this one. While this topic had me thinking… I decided to google help lines to place into my blog. I found a good listing on Tumblr for International Helplines . So if you or someone you know needs help please click here. This book should remind everyone that they are not alone, if there was one thing that I noticed in this book was that the person being abused had someone or multiple people to fall back on for help if they chose to do so. I tried to do this review without spoilers since they are novella’s and it is hard to review them without spoiling everything. I would recommend reading this, if for nothing more than to start a conversation with people around you. These are conversations that need to happen…
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
Manipulated Lives is a collection of five short stories. Each story centres around a manipulator and the long-lasting, devastating effects on their victims, with a deep interest of the psychology of these people at the core. As soon as I began the first story, “The Narcissist”, I knew this was going to be an extremely thought-provoking read. The idea that a manipulator – a person who can force their victim to do things they don’t want to do, believe things that aren’t true, become a shell of their former selves – can be from all walks of life is something Manipulated Lives thrives on. The idea that the manipulator can appear to be charming, successful and good-looking is something each story has in common too. Yet, as “The Narcissist” began, it was immediately clear that the boundaries between manipulator and victim are hard to define. In this story, the manipulator is introduced to us as a lonely, sick patient, attached to an IV drip. This was a brilliant beginning, as my interest was immediately piqued by the weakness of this mysterious character. Why was he (or she – at this point I couldn’t tell) in hospital? Who had hurt them? Why are they alone? I felt sorry for this person, who clearly also felt very sorry for themselves; all they wanted was “a human hand holding mine, a human voice talking to me with kindness”. We’re then told: “First encounters shape the impression we have of a person and can have an impact on how we predict and interpret them”. Huh? What is this curve ball? Is this guy not who I’m led to believe he is?! Answer: not a jot. This guy is the first of five serial manipulators, accused of deceiving his family and ultimately murdering his wife – in front of his children, no less. Woah! But it’s not this plot I’m drawn to as a reader, but actually how I was deceived by this character myself. He seemed pathetic, feeble, not even able to grab a cup of water by his bedside, incapable of hurting a fly. So begins a series of manipulators, or, as each story refers to them, “narcissistic perverts”. People who lead double lives, attracting their victims through their wealth, looks, attention, luring them in under a false sense of security. In the next story, “Tess and Tattoos”, we don’t get to meet the manipulator, Tess’s ex-girlfriend. It’s not even immediately clear that Tess is a victim. If anything, she can identify with the narcissist from the first story with how “lonely, very lonely” she feels. And, as we learn, she wasn’t innocent herself. One thing Leuschel excels at throughout Manipulated Lives is create well-rounded, believable characters – even more of a feat when you consider each story is quite short. The blossoming friendship between Sandra, a recent widow starting a job at the nursing home that eighty-something Tess lives at to provide for her children, feels authentic. I particularly connected to this story because, again, it wasn’t immediately clear who the manipulator was, but I was deeply invested in the redemptive relationship between patient and carer. In fact, each story is a different world to be immersed in, and could be read perfectly well as standalone stories. I decided to read them one after the other, and from this realised that these stories link together so well that they could perhaps even be about one victim at different stages of a very eventful life. For example, Tess is said to suffer from Stockholm Syndrome. In the next story, “The Spell”, the victim Sophie....