(Disclaimer: In exchange for an honest and unbiased review, I received a free digital copy of this book from the author. All opinions in this review are my own.)
Layers by Zuzanne Belec is an exciting anthology of original, thought-provoking short stories. This work takes readers on a journey that covers a range of destinations from the lush rainforests of South America to the burning plains of Africa. Layers offers an eclectic mix of sub-genres, characters, plots, and settings. Not once while reading did I get bored.
I loved how each story took me on a new adventure. The diversity of the settings and the depth of the themes made for a stimulating, unique read. The vibrant imagery helped make Layers all the more striking. The stories ranged from hilarious to sorrowful. I found it impressive that Belec was able to evoke such a wide range of emotions so expertly. I did, however, enjoy some stories more than others. I felt a couple of them could have ended better while others could have been tightened up some more. At the same time, each story was engaging and carried staggering emotional weight. It was remarkable that Belec managed to create such well-rounded characters in the limited space allowed by the genre. This anthology is perfect for fans of contemporary fiction that often explores dark and heavy themes.
Layers is Zuzanne Belec's debut collection. To learn more about Zuzanne Belec and check out Layers, please feel free to visit her site.