Wow! This tiny powerhouse reads like a full-length novel!
Tess and Tattoos (Release Date: May 30, 2017)
‘Tess and Tattoos’ is the first story of a novella collection called ‘Manipulated Lives’ that centres on psychological manipulation.
She is facing the last phase of her life, where the days stretch out like a yawn and she is alone, with her only son and grandchildren far away on the other side of the globe.
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.
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Such a powerful story!
There was just something about the synopsis of ‘Tess and Tattoos’ that peaked my interest and I really liked the title. However, it no way prepared me for the amazing story I was about to read. The fact that it’s a short story, makes it that much more impressive.
The author fleshed out her characters so well and all with the use of a memory here and there or some daily activity. Clever ways to make them come alive for readers without having a full-length novel in which to do it in.
In addition to having deeply flawed, beautifully human characters, she also pens a really touching and often sad story that I couldn’t put down. It’s difficult to write anything about the plot because it is a short story but it was very unique and one that I wasn’t expecting.
Exquisitely written, evocative and enthralling, ‘Tess and Tattoos’ will leave you wishing there was more to the story.
About the Author
Helene Andrea Leuschel grew up in Belgium where she gained a Licentiate in Journalism & Communication, which led to a career in radio and television in Brussels, London and Edinburgh. She now lives with her husband and two children in Portugal and recently acquired a Master of Philosophy with the OU, deepening her passion for the study of the mind. When she is not writing, Helene works as a freelance journalist and teaches Yoga.