“A fast-paced and gripping thriller—expect several twists along the way.” —CosmopolitanAmid rumors of bartenders paid to spike drinks and then deliver drugged college women to paying, eager patrons, University of Cape Town (UCT) authorities move quickly to limit the damage—but the police don’t want to believe there is a problem. 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 wealthy clientele clamoring for heightened thrills, Carlos begins tapping into a new service that blurs the boundaries between the real and virtual worlds. Meanwhile, UCT student Robbie is sent into a sinister underground world where no price is too high to pay to deliver every fantasy—no matter how twisted.
Bitter Pill, part of Church’s dark web trilogy, is a gripping thriller that sweeps through the intoxicating haunts of Cape Town’s nightlife to explode in an adrenaline-laced sprint through the violent landscape of stalking, sexual deviation, and murder.
"Bitter Pill is a book built for speed. The chapters are short and the events fast paced. Church has a great handle on tension and escalation, on dialogue, the story and its protagonists. These pull together and keep you engaged. [...] an enjoyable read and will surely have readers baying for more." —LitNet
"Right until the end readers will find it hard to pin down who is the greater villain, leaving them with a pertinent question — has human depravity usurped the digital space or is it the other way around? Bitter Pill leads to uncomfortable sedation, and induces gut wrenching nausea at the perverted fantasies. It is definitely not offering a cure, rather giving a taste of bitter reality where proxy servers run and ruin lives. It is a gripping novel which remarkably holds readers' attention with its taut narrative and escalating pace." — The Mantle
"The thriller accelerates to a climax where the strands come together in a way that’s satisfyingly natural, but still unexpected. Bitter Pill has a strong plot that keeps the pages turning, but it’s the insightful studies of evil that make the book memorable." —New York Journal of Books
“A fast-paced and gripping thriller—expect several twists along the way.” —Cosmopolitan
"Church is a master storyteller." —The Citizen
“You’ll want to read it in one sitting.” —Cape Times
"Church expertly juggles the multiple story lines all the way to the sordid, frantic maelstrom of the denouement." —Publishers Weekly