Manipulated Lives by H.A. Leuschel
Genres: Short Stories, Fiction
Published: 8th June, 2016
Reading this collection of five short stories about victim’s of narcissists and manipulators felt like watching a documentary. Each of these stories show us a different person and how they dealt with their lives being turned upside down, but in every single one of them I found something I could relate to.
If you’ve never been in an abusive relationship or haven’t come close to a narcissist, lucky you. All of these stories were painful to read because they reminded me of my time I spent with someone I now realize was most likely a narcissistic asshole. Even though it’s been eight years since I got rid of him (sometimes I still think of it as escaped), I remember so well one the first things I told my therapist whom I found in 2016. “A lot of times I just don’t feel like a person.”
Manipulators are so incredibly good at making others feel like they are the ones in the wrong. I recall quite clearly how all the crap my ex used to tell me always seemed off, and borderline bullshit, and yet I wondered: could he be right? H.A. Leuschel captured those inner nagging feelings so well, that I recognized myself in most of these characters a bit. Even though the stories are fictional as far as I’m aware, they all come across as personal accounts of victims.
It’s not all doom and gloom though! There’s always hope, and there’s always a way to turn our lives around. If you know how to spot them, you are already one step ahead. If you are looking for thrilling suspense or flowery prose that talks around the topic in circles, I’m afraid this is not for you. But if you are interested in psychology and how the mind of a narcissist works, I highly recommend you check out Manipulated Lives.
I received a copy of this book from the author, but it didn’t influence my opinion.