Book Review: "The Alternative" by the incredible and imaginary Suzanne Burke
About this author:
Residing with her daughter and grandson in what she describes as a small country town located hundreds of miles to the west of Sydney, Australia, Suzanne has authored multiple thriller, paranormal, and suspense stories. She also has been writing her memoirs under the pen name Stacey Danson.
Suzanne had long wanted to write, life interrupted and she didn't begin her journey into the world of writing until she was in her early fifties. Suzanna is known for being a mentor and advocate for independent authors all over the world. She is one of the writers I actually look up too among the #RRBC family. All of her books are available on Amazon and I would like to encourage everyone to take a peek and read her books and collections of short stories; just simply click on the links below.
About the Book (From Amazon):
There are those that cling unreservedly to the lifeboat that believing in Karma hands them so willingly. They work, they live, and they function in a world that grants them the option of believing that Karma has no deadline.
What can I say, Suzanne Burke's short story collection is an intense journey of karma meets the "Twilight Zone". This collection is a modern day overview in alternative realities that focuses on karma attaching it self to criminals, some of "sociopathic" levels. I found the journey of each of these short stories to be fluid, capturing me in their suspense and anticipatory restlessness.
These thriller based shorty stories will rile you, forcing you to argue with the characters at times. My favorite stories of the collection were "Picasso" where the characters will take you to a world of "Silence of the Lambs" like storytelling. The psychopath versus very strong leading women who prevail in the end, and "The Sins of Children", where the characters will take you into the look of the ultimate dysfunctional family . I generally do not have a hateful bone in my body, however, this family caused me to truly hate the mother and elder son. Yes, karma attached itself to the mother, however, the elder son needs karma to "kick him in the balls" further. Another short story I thoroughly enjoyed was "Choices" where the act of a scorned spouse who recently was deployed in Afghanistan takes the center stage and heartbreak completely takes over.
Overall, these stories could be played out in beautifully well staged one act plays, causing the audience to experience all levels of emotions from anger to sadness, to grief and relief. I personally believe in karma, even when it takes years for her to rear her head around a person who has caused pain, suffering, and anguish another human being. I am generally not a fan of "psychotic thriller based" stories however, I found myself captured in the essence of karma and the emotional roller-coaster that is "The Alternative". I am proud to award Suzanne Burke's "The Alternative" short stories a 5-STAR! This collection is a must read honestly.