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Bitter Pill

Bitter Pill is an edgy, racy thriller set primarily in Cape Town that explores topical and controversial themes with classic page-turning story telling. It is the follow-up to the author’s debut novel, Dark Video, which was released in South Africa in 2008 by Two Dogs, and in Australia and New Zealand in 2009 by New Holland.

Inside the heaving party hub that is Cape Town’s student playground, someone is preying on the young and unwary. As allegations of drink spiking and illicit sex hit the local papers, university authorities move quickly to limit the damage…

A world away in Seattle, Carlos De Palma, the shadowy operator behind Dark Video, is plotting his survival strategy in the ever-changing Internet landscape. With his precious clients clamouring for heightened thrills, Carlos begins tapping into a new service that blurs the boundaries between the real and virtual worlds…

Enter Robbie Cullen, nice guy and average student, dumped by his girlfriend and struggling with grades. But when it comes to the crunch, Robbie doesn’t know the meaning of stepping back. Once he encounters the beautiful and mysterious Fallon, his small-town bravado is set to make him some powerful enemies…

Bitter Pill is a gripping thriller that sweeps through the intoxicating haunts of Cape Town’s nightlife and lingers on the sugary sand of Plettenberg Bay – before exploding on the streets of the Mother City’s exclusive southern suburbs.

ISBN 13: 9781920137359 Purchase now

“For any mother of a teenage daughter, this will make for disturbing reading.” Claire Montague-Fryer, Woman 24 online, September 2011

“An intensely fast-paced thriller with sex, drugs and violence” – Mishka Lawrence, Fair Lady, December 2011

“Dark, racy and pure escapism”Longevity Magazine, “We Recomend” October 2011

“A fast pace and gripping thriller – expect several twists along the way.”Cosmopolitan Magazine,Hot Reads January 2012

“A page turner with maximum readability that will have you hooked until the last page” – Samantha Smith, The Herald, 23 January 2012

“Church is a master storyteller.” – Dries Brunt, The Citizen, 9 February 2012

“You’ll want to read it in one sitting.” – Heather Lewis, Cape Times, December 2011

“Bitter Pill had me in a grip that recurred even in my sleep.” – Janine Noel-Barham, East Coast Radio, December 2011

“An adrenalin-laced, gritty plot will keep you furiously turning pages long after your bedtime.” – Gillian Hurst, The Drum, November 2011

“Not for the faint-hearted or Mother Grundies.” – Brian Joss, CCN, February 2012

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