Critical Reviews of Bitter Suites

Bitter Suites has been nominated for a Bram Stoker in the Superior Achievement in Long Fiction category!


Bill Maxwell
4.0 out of 5 stars

December 9, 2018

Once upon a time, I had a friend who, in order to feel in control, would put a loaded gun in her mouth. She said that moment, when she knew she had the power to either end it or keep going, consistently empowered her to keep going. A couple of years back, something changed and that gun went off. I don’t think anyone knows if it was by accident or whether she lost that struggle but it’s with that experience — losing that friend — that I came to read Bitter Suites.

Recreational suicide, albeit one with an immediate resurrection, was a fascinating idea and handled in a number of different ways in this book. It was especially fascinating to see how the author teased out the different ways people would use it, from a need for control to a way to understand responsibility. There were times I felt it could have veered into stereotypical territory but it didn’t. It kept turning over new possibilities and examining them, until finally taking a sci-fi sort of twist at the end, with implications for the owners of Bitter Suites.

I took off one star because of some of that uncertainty, whether it was standard horror or sci-fi, but honestly, the best thing I can say about this world that’s been created is that I’d like to read more. I want to see how the proprietor handles the threats thrown at her and how her clientele evolves. I want to see Bitter Suites impact on society. And that is a -fascinating- place to be in.

B. Monroe
5.0 out of 5 stars

December 9, 2018

A disturbingly macabre concept excellently developed. This series of vignettes will make you think while they get under your skin with gruesome descriptions.

L. .G. avid reader
5.0 out of 5 stars

November 25, 2018

An interesting idea for a book. The book is really several short stories about one place “Bitter Suites.” Bitter Suites is a business where a person goes to temporarily end their life – and then be brought back to life. Each Chapter is a story of a different person who goes to Bitter Suite to die and be resuscitated. We learn about their motivations and their experience. Each story portrays a different aspect of emotion: fear, mistaken love, suffering, guilt, desire etc. I am looking forward to the next book

Chelsea Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars

November 24, 2018

I dont read often, it takes a lot to keep me engaged. I read Bitter Suites in one day. Page after page of vivid death scenes and alluring drama unfolding in front of me kept me reading. Sad to see it end, excited to know there is a second book in the making. Can’t help hoping this becomes some kind of series like American Horror Story. Angela Yuriko Smith has easily become a new favorite of mine.

5.0 out of 5 stars

November 18, 2018

How would you end your life if you knew it was only temporary, and would doing so make you appreciate your life more? These are two examples of the many questions that are asked in this collection of interconnected stories.

I enjoyed the originality of the premise. My favorite chapter came early on (#3), but each chapter/story had something interesting to say.

The author mentions at the end that she’s got a sequel in the works. I’d love to see less of an emphasis placed on poison next time, so that other wild ways of dying (such as the Circus Death) can be explored.

If you’re looking for something different in the horror genre that won’t take long to read, this is a good choice.

Mary Ann Back
5.0 out of 5 stars

July 1, 2018

5 Stars! Welcome to the future where renewable death is all the rage! “Bitter Suites” is a one of a kind collection of horror stories filled with humor and pathos. Give it a read. Could this be what our future holds?

Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars

June 29, 2018

I liked it.