Tess and Tattoos by H. A. Leuschel #BookReview @HALeuschel

The Amazon version of this book (mobi format) was available for free; it is also part of H. A. Leuschel’s ‘Manipulated Lives‘.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

(by Goodreads)

A suspenseful and emotional novella exploring whether we can ever be free from our past mistakes.

In this story, the reader is taken on a compelling journey into the human mind where genuine friendship offers the key to inner peace.

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 one of five gripping stories in HA Leuschel’s story collection Manipulated Lives centred around psychological manipulation


Genre(s): Kindle Short Reads
> 90 minutes (44-64 pages) > Literature & Fiction
Kindle eBooks
> Literature & Fiction > Short Stories > Single Authors
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Suspense > Psychological
Series: n.a.
Length: 61 pages
Release date: 2017-05-29



‘Good morning, Tess.’ She knew instantly on hearing the voice that it did not sound familiar. She was probably about to meet a new member of staff, she thought. The woman entering the living room was in her mid-thirties with an energetic step and friendly smile and eyes that conveyed sympathy. Oh well, Tess told herself, that is a good start. The nurse’s uniform was light blue and her shoes squeaked as she walked over to Tess, holding a clipboard. There was something different and fresh about this particular nurse and Tess didn’t think it was due to the brand-new shoes or what looked like an only recently unwrapped and perfectly ironed uniform. It was hard at the best of times to explain why one was drawn to certain people and not at all to others. Was it the smell? The sound of their voice or … Before she could finish her thoughts, the nurse’s hand reached out to take hers.

My Opinion

This story introduces you to Tess, living in a care home, as well as to Sandra, the new nurse.

With Tess and Tattoos, H. A. Leuschel has created a highly remarkable story about how one human has been manipulated – and how this has affected also the lives of others. Helene Leuschel delicately introduces her characters, revealing the story with utmost care. The main characters are complex – as well as believable. The story got under my skin; it is excellently written and has the right flow. This story and the persons therein certainly will not leave you unaffected.

This is a book for you if you like great storytelling, compelling stories, psychology, shorter reads, and food for thought.

Highly recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence :mrgreen: – 😳
Sexual content :mrgreen:


About the author

Helene 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.

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Tess and Tattoos?  Or – if you did not yet read Tess and Tattoos – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂







10 thoughts on “Tess and Tattoos by H. A. Leuschel #BookReview @HALeuschel

  1. Karen, I love your review of this book and the clear info you give of the authour as well.
    I will definitely download this to my Kindle as soon as I get to a wifi signal.😊

    • Thanks for your kind feedback, Miriam.
      I hope that you get to a wifi signal, soon. I am very interested in your thoughts on that story.
      Karen 🙂

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