Character Spotlight: Tony Brindell. (Fine Dark, Adult Fiction)

Thriller novel, SEETHINGS, has a complex plot weaved around a few key characters. Tony Brindell, is a relationship therapist — on a life-quest to repair the lives of troubled couples. You wouldn’t know he’s a Christian, but he walks the path of Christ every time he counsels. He’s a good man, personable and strong, a leader among his peers.

Tony Brindell

  • Age 42
  • Marriage Counsellor
  • Compassionate
  • Former High School Teacher
  • Pastor
  • Talk-Back Radio Host
  • Youth Minister

Anthony Brindell isn’t a conventional professional with his open-shirt approach to marriage counselling, but that’s what makes him so popular. No one in his community and Church would trust one in a tie and suit. He’s a guiding light to grassroots citizens who find themselves in various forms of emotional darkness. He makes a modest living out counselling, and his extremely popular radio show, Teen Talk. Furthermore, he’s a caring man, empathetic and kind. Wife Sophie, and their two teenage daughters, bolster this man’s family image.

Tony wasn’t always a counsellor. His first job was a high-school teacher. Fresh from college and loaded with optimistic ideas, he embarked on a journey to teach youth while identifying and mentoring those that struggled at school. Some say he left the profession under a cloud but, according to investigators, those claims were baseless. Tony had an answer for it. He simply misunderstood the way the education system worked and expected too much of it and himself. That’s also about the time when he found God — and counselling.

Samantha Felding heard his radio broadcast in her car. She liked the tone of his voice. He sounded sensible, civil. He said he was a man of God, and this appealed to her most. She picked up the phone and called the station right away. Sam, and her husband Mitchell, have been having problems. It’s been like that for a while, and things are getting worse. For four years, the couple have met with their street-smart counsellor for support and guidance.

And then one day, Mitchell arrives at Tony’s office unannounced, forcing him to listen to things that were never spoken during any of the couple’s previous sessions. Just when Mitchell finishes telling his tale, he drops another bombshell. He says he knows why Tony left teaching.

There’s more.

Mitchell claims to know what’s been happening at the youth camps Tony arranges for his Church once a year. It sends chills down the counsellor’s spine.

Is his silence guaranteed?

Michael

“Forman’s writing style is artful, with the protagonist Mitchell’s warped thought processes masterfully exposed. The author has a powerful and vivid command of language, and his word pictures are stark and disturbingly real.”

– Linda J Bettenay, author of ‘Secrets Mothers Keep’ and ‘Wishes For Starlight’.

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