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A suspenseful and emotional novella exploring whether we can ever be free from our past mistakes.
Meet Tess, an elderly lady living in a care home apartment in the outskirts of Edinburgh, whose past is haunted by a wrong decision. She meets Nurse Sandra, a warm and bubbly single mother of three, who is instantly intrigued by Tess’s personality and the mystery that surrounds her.
Tess and Tattoos is a sensitively written and emotional short story which draws you in instantly and moves along at a good pace, meaning it's perfect to read in one sitting.
I liked the air of mystery that surrounded Tess and I found the examination of psychological manipulation extremely compelling.
For a story of 61 pages Tess and Sandra are brilliantly well developed and you'll find yourself really caring about them and their relationship. Their personalities really come through and gradually learning about Tess' past takes you on a moving journey exploring some deep and thought-provoking themes.
Overall, I'm giving Tess and Tattoos 4.5 out of 5. It's emotional, sensitive and beautifully written. I'm looking forward to reading the rest in the 'manipulated lives' collection.
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About the Author
Helene Andrea Leuschel gained a BA in Journalism & Communication, which led to a career in radio and television in Brussels, London and Edinburgh. She later acquired a Master in Philosophy, specializing in the study of the mind.
Helene has a particular interest in emotional, psychological and social well-being and this led her to write her first novel, Manipulated Lives, a fictional collection of five novellas, each highlighting the dangers of interacting with narcissists.
She lives with her husband and two children in Portugal. Please find out more about Helene at heleneleuschel.com or on Facebook and Twitter.
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