My Sweet Friend
By H.A. Leuschel
Published Helene Leuschel
Kindle ASIN: B077SJ657G
A stand-alone novella from the author of Manipulated Lives
A perfect friend … or a perfect impostor?
Alexa is an energetic and charismatic professional and the new member of a Parisian PR company where she quickly befriends her colleagues Rosie and Jack. She brings a much-needed breath of fresh air into the office and ambitiously throws herself into her new job and friendships.
But is Alexa all she claims to be?
As her life intertwines with Rosie and Jack’s, they must all decide what separates truth from fiction. Will the stories that unfold unite or divide them? Can first impressions ever be trusted?
In this original novella, H.A. Leuschel evokes the powerful hold of appearances and what a person is prepared to do to keep up the facade. If you like thought-provoking and compelling reads with intriguing characters, My Sweet Friend is for you.
Having read Manipulated Lives by H.A. Leuschel, I am familiar with her impressive talent for exploring the human psych. She has a way of approaching the behavior of manipulation in a manner that captures the raw, uneasy reality of what it is to be not only the victim, but the actual manipulator. My Sweet Friend is no exception.
This is the story of three individuals whose relationships as coworkers eventually progress into more intimate friendships. Alexa instantly captures the affection of Rosie and Jack as she begins her new career with their current employer at a Parisian PR company. But as their friendships evolve, lines begin to blur, and Rosie and Jack find themselves questioning Alexa’s behavior and intentions. This is a 360 degree viewpoint of 3 intermingled lives and cause and effect, and it works brilliantly.
Told through alternating perspectives, Leuschel successfully analyzes three individuals and the effects of betrayal and toxic relationships within the mere span of 92 pages. Through Alexa we are provided a firsthand look at what it is to build a life around falsities, the upkeep it requires, and the ramifications of when the veil is lifted. Through Jack and Rosie we examine life as the victim and gain a working knowledge of the damage and harm that can result from deceit.
Leuschel’s writing is concise and knowledgeable, offering a realistic glimpse into the less desirable aspects of human traits. She yields dynamic characters in complex situations, exposing their faults, secrets and weaknesses without ever overwhelming her audience or relying on frivolous details. The outcome is a story that is easily digestible but none the less impactful. I highly recommend her work to anyone who enjoys examining the human psych and how we function as individuals, particularly in a socially structured setting.
*I would like to thank Helene Leuschel for this copy. The above review is my own, unbiased opinion.
Enjoyed with a cup of green tea with a hint of lemongrass and spearmint.
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.