Daily Review: The Alternative by Suzanne Burke

If you enjoy your fiction a little twisted with chills and thrills tossed in, you’re sure to love this collection of stories. Disturbing, creepy, and oh, so good!

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.

Until they are handed the spark that ignites them into becoming the instrument of Karma itself.

There are others who have had all they once held to be truths, everything they once stood for and took pride in, torn apart and ripped from them by the hand of a cruel fate.

Then, of course, there are those who believed in nothing and no one, to begin with

These are their stories.

The stories of people both good and bad, who made the choice to exact “The Alternative.”

Suzanne Burke

Amazon Review

By Mae Clair:

Well-imagined, justice takes a menacing turn throughout this collection of short stories. The characters are developed, the plots sinister and devilish.

From the opening gambit of a dedicated FBI professional determined to bring a sadistic “artist” to justice, to a mother who does clean-up duty for her sons and a TV reporter who gets a front row seat to what life can be like on the streets, each of these stories is sure to strike a nerve with the reader.

My favorite tale–Isolation Can Be Deadly–is particularly clever, although there were so many dark gems in this collection it was hard to choose a single story that stood out over the others.

Each stands on its own merit, making you rethink how the scales of justice can tip when orchestrated in ominous and unexpected ways.

If you enjoy your fiction a little twisted with chills and thrills tossed in, you’re sure to love this collection of stories. Disturbing, creepy, and oh, so good!

Amazon Review

By Natalie Ducey

Author Suzanne Burke grabs readers, once again, in this powerful, penetrating collection of short stories. This isn’t a light-hearted read. No, these stories are riveting and stay with you long after you finish. The collection is as diverse, as it is enthralling.

Although all stories have the underlining premise of karma, each short pulled me in a different direction, as I charted my own path of understanding such complex situations and subsequent emotions.

How do we define karma in our own hearts? The definition is clear on paper, but when attached to human emotion, human pain and existence, the layers of influence are impossible to ignore. In several stories, I pondered the ripple effect of one’s actions and the scope of its reach.

For example, if a perpetrator is prosecuted by his/her victim(s) years after the tragic event, will the victim(s) find solace in the act of retribution? Or will he/she be forever tormented by the act of retribution and his/her willingness to carry it out? How will karma avenge him/her?

All stories can easily stand alone as engaging reads, but four, in particular, garnered my attention and continue to have a hold on me. Human Disinterest is a story that is sure to move all readers. The author shines light on the complex, yet fragile line between living a comfortable life and one of homelessness. The brilliance of this piece is that we see all sides of this often-stigmatized situation and we bear witness to the compassion and resiliency of the human spirit.

Alexis in Blue, Choices, and Hidden by Shadows are three stories that will be forever with me. The subject matter is as heart-rending, as it is poignant. PTSD is complex; its reach is grand in scope and carnage.

Although works of fiction, author Burke is capturing the tragic reality of it and serving a greater good. It’s so easy not to read these stories because they are too dark, too uncomfortable. But we need to go there and feel it.

To understand it as best we can and not just look away with indifference. I hope these stories start the conversation and steadily render cracks in the barrier known as stigmatization.

A collection of stories that hold the capacity to evoke so much emotion and, hopefully, all readers will reflect on their own beliefs and challenge those entrenched preconceptions influenced by time and favored circumstance.

This is a soul-searching, highly recommended read.

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