Author: Thom Bierdz
Forgiving Troy is an emotional, intense, and fascinating account of how one family dealt with an unimaginable tragedy. The author, Thom Bierdz, is admittedly, a man with flaws, and he does not hide them or gloss over them as he shares his story. The crux of the story — the murder of his mother by his mentally ill brother — is difficult to comprehend, both for Bierdz and for the reader. However, Bierdz uses that event, as mind-boggling and horrifying as it is, to tell the story of his brother, Troy, and of his journey of self-discovery.
Bierdz tells this story openly and honestly, but does so without being sensationalistic or melodramatic. True, it’s troubling, but it’s also painfully compelling — although never in a way that makes you feel like you’re “rubber-necking” or pitying the family. The story in Forgiving Troy is one that makes you feel sadness and compassion, from beginning to end. It’s powerful and, believe it or not, as difficult as it is to read about a family’s troubles and heartache, it’s just as difficult to put the book down.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*