My Sweet Friend by H.A. Leuschel Blog Tour
Publication Date: December 6, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Fiction/ Women’s Fiction
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.
Lying is a symptom shared by the most convincing, cunning and ruthless individuals such as psychopaths and narcissistic manipulators. They have an invincible sense of self-importance and an addictive urge to project an image of power and perfection at all cost which are fuelled by the rewarding tools of charm, diversion and … clever deception.
Like anything in life, whether the skill is morally laudable or not, skills require training, effort and hard work. The danger lies in the brain progressively adapting to the dishonest behaviour and the longer the lies, the harder it would seem to be able to change the conditioning of one’s sensitivity to telling the truth. The truth and nothing but the truth or at the very least the intention to do so most of the time therefore appears to be a basic requirement for any interpersonal trust.
In my new stand-alone novella, I explore the idea that when crossing the line between truth or lie too often, it becomes a curse the person is eventually unable to shed … (H.A. Leuschel)
I have heard such great things recently about H.A. Leuschel that I could not wait to sink my teeth into her newest story/novella MY SWEET FRIEND. I can now see why there is such a huge buzz surrounding this author. H.A. Leuschel has a way with words and knows how to captivate her audience.
Alexa is the newest account manager for a local firm in Paris. She quickly inserts herself in the lives of her co-workers, playing on each of their weaknesses and manipulating them into doing what she wants them to do. Alexa has taken a particular interest in Rosie, a very sweet girl who has her own personal demons. With a little bit of encouragement, Rosie opens up to Alexa, feeling as if she has made a close and dear friend. Rosie looks for the good in people never realizing that Alexa is cold, calculated and cunning. Rosie values their friendship even though at times Alexa can act a bit irrational.
Rosie is not the only one Alexa targets. She also has her eyes on Jack, another co-worker in the office. A man that Rosie has a crush on. Alexa seduces him and manipulates the situation to her advantage. Alexa knows what she is doing and she only plays by her rules. She starts planting seeds of doubt in jack’s mind about Rosie.
When accounts start going wrong in the office, files start going missing, and everything starts not looking on the up and up, will Alexa be able to keep up her charade or will her manipulations and lies suddenly catch up with her?
MY SWEET FRIEND is told in first person which I absolutely loved as it really let the reader in on the inner workings of Alexa’s mind. Yes, she was a master manipulator, but at certain times you can almost feel sorry for her. H.A. Leuschel injects these little points into the story that really makes you wonder why Alexa might be the way she is. Honestly, it was brilliantly done. I really wish I could learn more about Alexa and her background in a longer story. She is a fascinating character. One that you know you will have a love/hate relationship with. I highly recommend grabbing a copy of this novella, not only for the beautifully written story but for the masterful writing of H.A. Leuschel. She is an author NOT to be missed.
I was brushing my teeth the next morning when Alexa called, crying over another nasty phone call from her ex. I was running late as it was but was unable to stop her barrage of insults against a man I didn’t even know the name of.
‘He’s driving me absolutely insane. I’ve really had enough,’ I heard her shout, the heels of her shoes clicking on the pavement. She was clearly on her way to work while I was only slipping my feet into my shoes. It had been her second frantic call that morning.
‘Listen. Alexa, calm down. I understand you’re upset but I’ll be late if you don’t stop.’
‘I’m there for you when you need me but when I’m the one in need for once, you fob me off. Great, really nice, thanks.’ She hung up, leaving me in an angry sweat. I was her polar opposite – organized and calm – but lately I felt out of kilter myself. I’d missed out on seeing my mum because, for one reason or another, Alexa managed to ambush my attention.
When I eventually rushed through the office door, Alexa was looking up at me indifferently, in deep conversation with Jack, who tapped his watch with pursed lips and raised eyebrows. I lowered my eyes, my stomach heaving with repressed fury. Alexa had crawled under my skin yet I couldn’t pinpoint exactly why and how it had all come about.
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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.
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