Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Book Reivew: 'Blindsided' by Tom Bierdz

Washington author Tom Bierdz earned is BA from Marquette University and his Masters in social work from the University of Chicago, worked in public welfare in Milwaukee and Kenosha before becoming the Director of Catholic Social Services in Racine, WI and moved in the field of psychotherapy, practicing until his retirement, then earned his insurance and stockbroker's license, secured a CFP degree and practiced as a Certified Financial Planner. He now devotes his time to writing. BLINDSIDED is a short novella that serves as an introduction to a planned series Tom calls ‘The Psychiatrist Grant Garrick Series.

Tom’s writing style is comfortable, relaxed, and atmospheric and he has that ability to set a scene of normalcy before he strikes the itch that light the suspense of his story. His opening page sets all into motion – ‘I sat in my office, if it could be called that, in my cramped Seattle flat, studying for my psychiatry finals. If I passed, I could begin my private practice and earn some decent money and then we could move out of this crowded, overpriced apartment. My office was also storage for bicycles that belonged to my wife and son, an antique sewing machine, a trunk full of outgrown toys destined for Goodwill, boxes of clothes, knick-knacks, a potpourri of household items, my books, and office supplies. Text books were spread around my computer and desk. The desk was scratched, dented, and carved with a heart and a Cupid’s arrow uniting D.T. & C.J. I didn’t know, nor care who C. J. was; I knew D. T. stood for my wife’s niece. My long and arduous degree pursuit demanded sacrifice that in some ways was far more difficult for my family.’

The terse synopsis provides the stimulus to step into the well sculpted world of Tom Bierdz’ art – ‘Psychiatrist Grant Garrick had it all: a thriving therapy practice, a bright, loving, and beautiful wife, a 15 year-old son filled with potential, and a gorgeous home on acreage overlooking the Puget Sound. Life couldn’t get much better. Then tragedy struck.’

For a book of just over 50 pages in length there is more story and emotion concentrated here that makes the reader eager to follow this new and most fascinating series by a fine writer. Grady Harp, April 17

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