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How far is too far? How many casualties are the extreme in justifying discovering the truth? Avinash Naduvath challenges the reader with this question in his book Mindbender. Pogo, Joshua, and Sarah are thrown into a lucid dream called Project Mindbender. These three individuals are connected and somehow have a part in the murder of a young woman at The Bender Hotel, but why can’t they remember each other? With the help of three operatives and memory-holding objects, the plot unfolds. The operatives seek out Sarah and Marko, yet two boys are present, and they have no idea how they tie into this intricate murder. Why are Marko and Sarah the subjects of this experiment to find the truth behind the murder at The Bender Hotel?
Mindbender is genuinely a mind-bending novel by Avinash Naduvath that pulls the reader in by using all the characters’ points of view. Careful reading will reveal well-constructed hints strewn throughout the plot that will lead you in the direction of solving the murder yourself in the same manner that Joshua was observant enough to pick up on. But the question remains, how far is too far even for the truth? Some of the themes touched on in the book are child abuse and the long-term effect thereof such as personality disorders, PTSD, and the unpredictable reaction of someone with an abusive past when being faced with triggers. The book gives great commentary on our society and how abuse and violence have become the norm in some sexual fantasies.