Embroiled in Manipulated Lives

manipulated-livesHello! Today I have another very exciting review I didn’t get to last year- and this one’s by the lovely indie author…

So this book came to my attention on Donna’s blog– and like her I am fascinated by what makes humans tick- particularly those upto no good. In fact, this book is pretty well timed considering I am starting to develop a taste for this area of Psychology.

But I digress! This is very much a character based book- so let’s start by discussing some of the heroes/heroines of the story. I felt this was where the book was really strong- the author created some lovely characters- my favourite being the very lovable and human Tess. With these sympathetic anchors, I felt deeply invested in every tale, and could feel how manipulators can wear down a person and even change them.

When it came to the manipulators there could have been more of a gender balance as narcissism affects both men and women- but Liis did a great review where she discussed that a little, so I won’t dwell on it too much. Overall, I found some of the villains a little cartoonish, but most of them had just the right amount of humanity to be intriguing. I enjoyed the twists and turns of each story and felt like I was taken along for an exciting (albeit dark) ride. One of the best things about the way it was done was that you never knew who to trust- which always kept me on the edge of my seat!

One theme across the anthology that worked really well was the use of Stockholm Syndrome- it served as an excellent link to connect all the different narratives. This coupled with the subtle use of atmosphere created a singular purpose across the book- at times reminiscent, others unsettling, it cast a powerful spell from beginning to end.

Rating: 3½/5 bananas                  

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So that’s all for now- have you checked out this book? And what dark and twisted tales do you secretly get a kick out of? (I won’t judge 😉 ) Let me know in the comments!

5 thoughts on “Embroiled in Manipulated Lives

  1. I read Donna’s and Liis’ review and I find it pretty cool that the book just spreads like wildfire among y’all. Definitely sounds like the characters have the right amount of humanity in them to keep the stories emotional and fascinating. Great review! 🙂

    – Lashaan

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