Tess and Tattoos
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.
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I really enjoyed this short story, something very different to what I usually read, but definitely a strong tale, and one which makes me keen to get hold of the full collection. I think we all know a Tess, or fear we might become her, and the picture of the lady’s current life in the care home was beautifully depicted. The mystery surrounding her past, brought out by the inner monologue, and hints of conversation, really drew me in, and when the reveal came, it was heart-breaking, yet, with a hint of uplift to it all. Definitely recommended.
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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