I just finished reading this series by author S.T. Abby and I want to give you a full Mindf*ck Series review. I don’t often read murder mystery type books but this one came highly recommended and I’m glad I took the time to read it.
As usual I will keep spoilers to a minimum, however, there may still be a few small spoilers in this review.
“This is for the ones who lost their voice. This is for the ones who wish they could be Lana Myers. This is for the ones people still whisper about. This is for the ones who fight every single day to forget. You’re not alone.”S.T. Abby Dedication in The Risk
This series is a murder mystery romance with dark themes. There are sensitive subjects and a lot of triggers in this series so please check out all triggers below before reading.
Since we don’t always get trigger warnings on books I like to give trigger warnings in my reviews. This can help people avoid certain triggers that could hurt their mental well being.
Possible Triggers in this book are:
- Abusive Relationship
- Animal Death Mentions
- Attempted Murder
- Attempted Rape
- Car Accident Mention
- Child Abuse
- Child Death Mentions
- Gun Violence
- Infertility due to assault
- Police Corruption and Brutality
- Religion, Religious Trauma, Cult Like Religious Behavior
- Sexual Abuse
- Sexual Assault
- Sexual Harassment
- Sexually Explicit Scenes
- Slut Shaming
For a list of the triggers I look for you can check out this link here. This may or may not be a complete list of triggers for this book, I do my best to make sure I mark anything that could be a potential trigger but I may accidentally miss triggers.
I want to make it clear that I did not notice any of these triggers being handled in a way that is offensive to an entire group. For instance the Homophobia trigger is there because there are homophobic characters in the book but it’s not any of the main characters that are homophobic. Their homophobia is addressed but scenes in this book could be extremely triggering.
Due to the subject matters that are in this book, if you are sensitive to any of the triggers above but want to read this book, I recommend having a body read with someone who is supportive and understanding who can help you through some of the more triggering subjects that are addressed.
Mindf*ck Series Reading Order
This series is made up of 5 novella size books and does need to be read in order as each of the books has a cliffhanger with the exception of the last book that does have a happy ending. This is a completed series that is available on Kindle Unlimited.
You can also get a paperback version that has all five novella’s in one book here.
The Mindf*ck Series Synopsis
Lana has been through a lot in her life which makes her a bit leary of most men, so when one man pays for her breakfast she walks up to him ready to pay him back, but he won’t take that money. She should stay far away from the FBI Agent, especially since she’s seeking revenge and can’t afford to be caught too soon.
Logan thinks he’s met the perfect woman, but every single time he thinks he understands her she goes and surprises him. She’s understanding of his job, supportive, and strong but she’s also in danger because of him, or so he thinks.
“He serves justice the best he can. I serve revenge in the way it needs to be.”S.T. Abby, The Risk
S.T. Abby gives us the story of one woman’s mission for revenge and one man’s mission to hunt down vicious serial killers. This heartbreaking and heartwarming story of a woman finding her strength to take out those who harmed her, her family, and others will leave you crying, cheering, and turning the pages until you know how it ends.
Mindf*ck Series Reading Experience
This was one of those series that I couldn’t put down till I finished it and with over 600 pages in total that meant that I had to find a way to put down the book and sleep. The next day though I was up and finishing the series.
While there are some things you know right away there is a lot of history that leads up to the present day events that we slowly get to find out throughout the story. Everything ties together but you’ll be turning pages trying to figure it all out.
I loved the character growth for a lot of our characters. Additionally, the moral dilemma that happens in this series is fantastic and may even have you finding the gray area in your own morals.
Mindf*ck Series Review
I love the revenge trope in this book because while we’d all like our chance to be Lana, we can’t do that. There wasn’t anything in this book that I disliked. I wouldn’t say I was on the edge of my seat, at least not until the final book, but I was continuously turning the page to read more. It hooks you without making you feel overwhelmed or desperate to finish it.
This series was a relaxed read but dealt in a lot of heavy subjects. You hope that the bad guys get what’s coming to them but you aren’t desperate to see those results. For me it read like I could trust the process of our main characters.
Additionally, despite all the triggering content, which some are my own triggers, I didn’t feel triggered like I normally do. It was like ok this horrible thing happened but I know that it will be ok. I think a lot of that is due to the main character and the work she put into healing, training, and dealing with her trauma.
While I do not condone violence of this nature in real life, in this fictional setting it was beautiful to see our main character get the ultimate revenge when everything else failed her. Lana put the work in and did what no one else would do.
Before I rate this book I want to give you a bit of background about what my rankings mean. I typically read books that I check out through the Libby app with my local library or through Kindle Unlimited.
I rarely buy ebooks unless they are cheaply priced or on sale. I also very rarely buy physical copies of books. I’m a bit of a minimalist so I have to absolutely adore a book to buy a physical copy that will be proudly displayed in my home.
So my ranking system is as follows:
- 5 Stars equals I am buying a physical copy of this book. I will read this book at least 10 more times, it is the best ever.
- 4 stars equals a great book. I might buy an ebook version when it’s on sale so that I can re-read it at least one more time.
- 3 stars equals a good book. I likely won’t read again but I appreciate the story.
- 2 stars equals “Meh.” I will not read this book again, it had a lot of problems and I did not care for it.
- 1 star equals a bad book. I barely finished this book and I will never recommend anyone waste valuable book reading time on this book.
- 0 stars is a did not finish book. I will never finish that book and it is banished.
The Mindf*ck Series gets 5 stars, 2 peppers, and 2 tissues. I felt the story was well written and I firmly believe it was cathartic for the author. It takes you into the mind of a killer and makes you question your moral gray area.
The Mindf*ck Series
I highly recommend this book for anyone who is seeking catharsis for any of the triggers mentioned but please make sure you have supportive people that can pull you back from the triggers and/or read the book with you.
I loved this series and will be purchasing the copy of it for my bookshelf because it was just that good. If we can’t get the justice or revenge we want in real life at least we can get it in our fiction.