Author: Tom Bierdz
Title: Masked Intentions
Genre(s): Mystery; Thriller; Suspense; Crime; Murder
Review: Masked Intentions does not disappoint if you are looking for a fast-paced mystery thriller with touches of romance and a whole lot of twists and turns. As a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology, I greatly appreciated how Tom outlines the experience of a psychiatric professional when one is faced with an ethical dilemma. In this case, Grant Garrick must straddle the fence of doing what he believes is right and protecting his client, as well as his medical license. In an effort to help Toby Rathbone after his famous wife was murdered in their home, Grant works with his friend who is an attorney to protect Toby. However, he must be discreet and navigate the complex path of keeping client confidentiality and protecting others. My favorite part of the novel was witnessing Tom's plot development as I was kept on the edge of my seat the entire time. He also created incredibly dynamic characters that revealed how difficult a situation like this could be. The scene descriptions were also portrayed very well as I could picture exactly where the characters were and what was happening around them. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Masked Intentions and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys mystery novels that entail components of realism.
Book Description: "A conflicted psychiatrist. A murdered author. To see past the fiction, he’ll have to delve into the mind of a killer…And, remember that’s he’s bound by doctor-patient confidentiality…Grant Garrick has sworn to do no harm. When the psychiatrist saves a drunk man from the streets, he’s just following his code. But he never expected his new friend, Toby, would be the fifth husband of a famed and fabulously wealthy romance author. And Toby never expected to find his sex-addicted wife dead in the guesthouse bedroom…Convinced of Toby’s innocence, Grant enlists the help of his attorney friend, Carrie, to clear Toby’s name. After a series of false starts that take him all the way to Mexico, a new suspect is put behind bars. But did the jury convict the real killer? Masked Intentions is a mind-bending standalone mystery thriller in a series featuring psychiatrist Grant Garrick. If you like edge-of-your-seat suspense, psychological undertones, and stunning endings, then you’ll love Tom Bierdz’s gripping whodunnit."
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