4 fascinating take on manipulation stars!
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…
Thank you to H.A. Leuschel for my copy in lieu of my honest review.
Goodreads link here.
Five stories – Five Lives.
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. At first these devious and calculating people can be hard to spot, because that is their way. They are often masters of disguise: witty, disarming, even charming in public – tricks to snare their prey – 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.
In this collection of short novellas, you meet people like you and me, intent on living happy lives, yet each of them, in one way or another, is caught up and damaged by a manipulative individual. First you meet a manipulator himself, trying to make sense of his irreversible incarceration. Next, there is Tess, whose past is haunted by a wrong decision, then young, successful and well balanced Sophie, who is drawn into the life of a little boy and his troubled father. Next, there is teenage Holly, who is intent on making a better life for herself and finally Lisa, who has to face a parent’s biggest regret. All stories highlight to what extent abusive manipulation can distort lives and threaten our very feeling of self-worth.