December Wrap-up and January TBR

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Welcome to the last post of 2017! I can’t believe we are already going for 2018, this year passed so fast for me! As well as this month that I have no idea where it went, but I for sure didn’t read much! But I did enjoy some family time and put everything school related in order, and I’m already preparing myself for next year!

This month I read only 7 books but they were all really nice, and I also had some time with family to see some book-to-movie adaptations!

How was your month? What books did you read?
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Manipulated Lives by H. A. Leuschel

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Manipulated Lives by H. A. Leuschel

Series: N/A

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

Published June 28th, 2016

Genres: Short Stories, Psychology, Fiction, Adult

Pages: 274

Format: Paperback

Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

* Received this copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*

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 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, followed by a manipulator himself, trying to make sense of his irreversible incarceration. Lastly, there is 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.

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