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The Gaslighteur – Book Review

The Gaslighteur – Book Review

The Gaslighteur

The Gaslighteur

Sean meets Penelope, a zany woman with whom he instantly clicks. She confides in him that she has suffered an abusive relationship in her past at the hands of her ex-husband, who orchestrated a ‘Gaslighting’ campaign against her. Gaslighting, Sean discovers, is a means by which an abuser is able to psychologically manipulate his victim by making changes to her immediate environment and by presenting false or ambiguous information with the aim of making her doubt her own memory, perceptions and sanity.

Penelope has a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. She informs Sean that her ex-husband employed Gaslighting to cunningly engineer her psychiatric diagnosis with this mental disorder characterised by psychosis and perceptual dysfunction, and then planned and perpetrated an act of sexual assault in the knowledge that this diagnosis would allow him to evade prosecution on the grounds that her testimony would be afforded little credibility. She gives Sean a disturbing account in which she asserts that her abuser was able to cover up his emotional and sexual abuse by both exploiting her diagnosis and engaging in a ruthless act of blackmail.

In time Sean develops a deep connection to Penelope. He reveals to her some troubling memories of his childhood and she helps him to gain an insightful understanding of the ways in which emotionally wounding past experiences are continuing to exercise a detrimental influence upon his current day-to-day life, that manifest as a predisposition for exhibiting an excessively hypervigilant fear of ridicule, humiliation and rejection. She inspires him to believe that he can heal from these fears by embracing a journey of personal growth and recovery.

Sean declares his love for Penelope, despite harbouring certain misgivings concerning the possibility that he has observed her to be exhibiting a pattern of questionable behaviour. Before long, he begins to suspect that there is a possibility that she is perpetrating a systematic campaign of psychological cruelty against him by carrying out acts of malicious yet subtle humiliation. When Sean begins to reveal signs of his fears to Penelope, she emphatically and persuasively asserts that he is exhibiting a tendency to make false perceptions of threat as a result of his predisposition for exhibiting an excessively hypervigilant fear of ridicule, humiliation and rejection. Part of Sean concedes that Penelope’s assertions that he is falsely perceiving threat are entirely plausible, as he considers that the circumstances surrounding each alleged act of humiliation are shrouded in ambiguity, which allows for the possibility of an alternative, innocent explanation. Moreover, he feels there is truth in her claim that he harbours a predisposition for exhibiting excessively hypervigilant fears. However, he experiences a nagging feeling that even individuals who are prone to such hypervigilance might become genuine victims of psychological cruelty. Reeling with inner sensations of stupefaction, Sean contemplates the possibility that her attempts to persuade him that he is falsely perceiving threat constitute a cunning strategy to construct a smokescreen that serves to conceal her campaign of humiliation- which she has carried out with the utmost subtlety and ambiguity- from public view, while allowing her the freedom to enact her misdeeds with impunity.

Sean is plunged into a persistent state of maddening bewilderment in which he questions his own perceptions and frequently ponders the possibility that his fears relating to Penelope may be horribly mistaken. Part of him is hugely reluctant to accept the notion that a woman whose company he finds so deeply charming and inspiring might harbour a malicious agenda. And yet he cannot dispel his fears.

Book Review
The Gaslighteur, by James Field, is a fascinating read for those interested in psychology. I enjoyed learning the description of gaslighting and it’s practice, but I found the book much too long for my taste. It was repetitive and, at times, boring. This book is not a light read.
D.B. Mauldin

Life, Sex & Death – Book Review

Life, Sex & Death

A Poetry Collection (Vol 1)

By David Ellis

Book Summary

A collection of poetry spanning a variety of themes, with the dominant ones being Love & Romance, Inspiration and Philosophical musings. Life, Sex & Death represents David’s first full length collection of emotional contemporary poetry that celebrates time honored themes and finds new and interesting ways to present them. His work is uplifting, sensual and at times tries to connect on some base instinct level with the reader. His style is distinctly his own yet in these pieces David evokes and echoes the playful spirit of his poetic heroes such as Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe, Leonard Cohen, Cecil Day-Lewis and modern musical contemporaries such as Nick Cave, The Kills, Chris Cornell, Katy Perry and even Weird Al Yankovic (yes, really!) to name but a few all feed the elective vision and vibes of his work. He aims for Life, Sex & Death to be a trilogy and a triumph for modern poetry, accessible to a large number of age groups and one worthy of taking pride of place on any bookshelf. Find your favourite poem today, be it filled with seriousness or off-beat humour.

Book Review

I found David Ellis’ Life, Sex & Death to be a fantastic poetry collection. It is full of the ups and downs of life’s emotions. While reading through this book of poetry, I laughed, cried, and empathized. For me, the book was an emotional roller coaster but I loved every poem. Being a huge Poe fan, I have to say one of my favorite poems in the book, was The Ghost of Poe.

I highly recommend Life, Sex & Death to all who love to read poetry. I’m sure you will find several poems to your satisfaction.

I received a free paperback copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

 5 Stars *****

Vampire Outlaw – Book Review

Book Summary

Robin Hood. Vampires. The invasion of England.

Richard of Ashbury is attacked by vampires. The trail leads to Sherwood and to a Green Knight, a king of the outlaws and so called lord of Eden. Richard is certain that his old enemy, William de Ferrers has returned to England.

But England is in turmoil. The barons have erupted into armed rebellion against King John. What is more, a French army has invaded the south, intent on installing a French prince as the King of England.

Richard must do his duty and fight to save England. And he must journey deep into the dark heart of Sherwood Forest to kill William and rescue the Lady Marian.

Book 2 of the Immortal Knight Chronicles takes up twenty-five years after Vampire Crusader. Featuring sword fights, archery, medieval battles, intrigue and the origins of the Robin Hood myth, this is exciting, action-packed historical fiction with a twist. Buy Vampire Outlaw now!


Book Review

Vampire Outlaw, The Immortal Knight Chronicles Book Two, is another well written and full of action historical fiction. The plot is one we all recognize; an unhidden theme of Robin Hood.

This tale is much darker and bloodier than the fairy tale of Robin Hood. This is Vampire Outlaw, full of raw emotions, hideous fighting, romance, and believe it or not, dry humor.

If you enjoyed Dan Davis’ first book, ‘Vampire Crusader’, then you will love ‘Vampire Outlaw’.

I highly recommend this book to history, fantasy, and vampire lovers!

I was provided with a free pdf copy, from the author, in exchange for an honest review.


Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling-Review

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Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling – Book Review


Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling

The Razor’s Adventures Pirate Tales

P.S. Bartlett & Ronovan Hester


Where do I begin?
That’s a difficult question in and of itself but when your life is transformed into something else, do you start when you’re born or when your life truly began?
I was born in London as Gabriel Wallace. The child of high society; although I was raised to appreciate
everything that softly landed in my hand. I followed all the rules. I worked hard, studied hard and ended up a captain in the Royal Navy before my twenty fifth
birthday. Unfortunately, I saw the world through my own eyes, not the eyes of my superiors and my vision was clear.
I knew my duty. I knew my job. I also knew deep down, regardless of the loyalty my commission required, my stance was in opposition and it was but a matter of time before they’d force me to stand alone.
Fortunately for me, my crew was loyal too and I had the full support of my closest friend and confidant as well. I didn’t know where I’d end up but I knew one thing for sure; I needed to get the hell out of England and thanks to them, I was taking my ship with me.
The time had come to hunt.

Book Review

Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling is a well written historical fiction. It is full of action, adventure, and thrilling suspense; everything a reader would expect to find in a good pirate tale, but this book is so much more.

I found the characters to be deep and complex; each drawing on the other. Along with the occasional twisted and tainted character of a few pirates, the reader also finds unexpected fairness, loyalty, and morality in the hearts of some main characters.

The plot is solid. The storyline is impeccable. Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling is a fantastic read. A tale of a man who is his own man, whatever type of man that might be!

5 Stars *****

Book Review: A Cure for Madness

A Cure for Madness

A Cure for Madness

Author, Jodi McIsaac

Book Synopsis

Clare Campbell has worked hard to create distance between herself and her troubled family. But when she receives news of her parents’ murder, she’s forced to return to the quiet town of Clarkeston, Maine, to arrange their funeral and take legal guardianship of her unpredictable and mentally ill brother, Wes.

While Clare struggles to come to grips with the death of her parents, a terrifying pathogen outbreak overtakes the town. She is all too familiar with the resulting symptoms, which resemble those of her brother’s schizophrenia: hallucinations, paranoia, and bizarre, even violent, behavior. Before long, the government steps in—and one agent takes a special interest in Wes. Clare must make a horrifying decision: save her brother or save the world.

Book Review

Author, Jodi McIsaac has presented us with a great medical thriller in her latest book, ‘A Cure for Madness’. This book held my attention from start to finish. It is full of fast-paced action guaranteed to keep the reader on the edge of their seat.

The book is well written, with characters that are true to life. The setting makes the plot of this medical thriller plausible.

I loved this book and recommend it to all thriller readers.

5 Stars *****

Want – Book Review


Want: Trust no one, no one trusts (Numbered Book 1)

Author, Magus Tor

Book Summary

Trust no one, no one trusts – that is the way of Lunar City.

When Aurelia Cole gets hired by Lunar City Hospital, the last thing she expects is that her shuttle will be attacked on the way to her new posting. With her new found Clone friend Nicholas, Aurelia manages to rescue Jonathon Hansen, who might just be the next Earth Empire president. But when Aurelia is forced to choose between Nicholas and Jonathon, she has to decide whether her love for her job is more important than her desire to do what’s right.

Head hunted by the Resistance movement, Aurelia has the chance to overthrow a manipulative dictatorship. But in Lunar City, who can she trust and who really trusts her?

Book Review

Want: Trust no one, no one trusts (Numbered Book 1) by author, Magus Tor, is a great dystopian/science fiction read. He gives the reader the history of what happened on Earth that led to the building of Lunar City and it’s various hierarchies; from the most powerful to the lesser clone society.

The story is full of action, twists, and turns. The characters are strong while dealing with betrayal and resistance. The world building is fantastic. All in all, the story pulls the reader right into the story from the beginning to the cliffhanger ending that leaves the reader wanting more.

I highly recommend this book to all dystopian/science fiction readers.

I was given a free copy by Story Cartel, in exchange for an honest review.



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