This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Free Book Program, which is open to all readers and is completely free. The author will provide you with a free copy of their book in exchange for an honest review. You and the author will discuss what sites you will post your review to and what kind of copy of the book you would like to receive (eBook, PDF, Word, paperback, etc.). To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
If you ever wondered what goes into emotional and psychological spousal abuse that stems from narcissism, A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Manipulate is the book that will show you a first-person account. Author Michael Sunset is a survivor of an abusive marital relationship and hopes to share his overall experience that begins with enduring a brutal smear campaign by his own mother and sister along with his ex-wife. He articulates how people with Cluster B personalities master cunning manipulation that can put you through great stress and anxiety that could trigger your suicidal tendencies. He gives real-life examples of insidious gaslighting and how victims can defend themselves against it in order to prevent the gaslighters from growing more venomous. He emphasizes the importance of self-care and healthy coping strategies with external support (in Mr. Sunset’s case, his daughter and his brother) as key factors in recovery and maintaining your well-being.
A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Manipulate exemplifies what it feels like to be a man in an abusive relationship. Psychological and emotional abuse is often attributed to women as victims. Perhaps male victims are reluctant to report abuse because they either feel embarrassed or fear that no one would believe them, given the societal norms that men are expected to be strong especially in a heterosexual relationship. Thankfully, Michael Sunset shows emotionally and psychologically abused men, as well as those who care for them, that they are not alone, and that they do not face a shortage of resources when combatting manipulative tactics employed by their abusers. Reading his experience, it is comforting to know that victimized men can overcome the abuse.