I’m delighted to welcome H.A. Leuschel to the blog today for a guest post and an excerpt from her new book My Sweet Friend. Enjoy!
I don’t often read novellas that aren’t tied to a series I’m reading, but Manipulated Lives intrigued me, given the subject matter. The five novellas in this anthology are well written. The abuser is always appropriately subtle in their manipulations—easily spotted by the reader, of course, but never so overt that the abused person in the story is able to see their true colors right away. The confusion and upset the abused character feels as a result is always in perfect balance with the level of the mind game being played at the moment.