Editor: Day Al-Mohamed and Meriah L. Crawford
Publisher: Dark Quest Books
Star Rating: 3/5
Date Read: July 3rd to 7th, 2014
Thank you to the publishers for providing this ebook in exchange for an honest review. This did not alter my review in any way.
Trust and Treachery is an anthology of short stories, showing some of the best and worst of human nature. Stories of betrayal and mislaid trust abound in this collection that spans across a variety of authors, genres and worlds. One moment you are reading about intergalactic space travel between planets and the relations between their inhabitants, the next the double life of a travelling salesman. This book has got it all, providing something for everyone. But individually, it will probably only have a little for you.
Diverse books are great. But the problem with having such diversity in one anthology means that not every story will have an appeal. I stopped reading at one point in the middle of a story and didn’t pick it up again for two days because I just lost interest and had other things to do. Others I really enjoyed and wished I could have read more of. In this sense, it was a good introduction to new authors. But as a whole it made the book hard to get through all at once. Breaking this book up and reading only a couple of stories here and there would have been a better way for me to enjoy this book.
My favourite stories included Neighbour from Hell by Edoardo Albert, Missing Persons by Ann L. Kopchik and Oathbreaker by Kate Marshall, while honourable mentions go to Lunar Epithalamion by Calie Voorhis, for blending the magical and the scientific, and Short Dark Future by Marian Allen because I enjoy seeing idiots outsmarted by intelligent people – a win for everyone ever labelled a ‘nerd’ or a ‘geek’. I had never read anything from any of these authors before, this anthology has brought me to some new writers I look forward to reading more from. I also enjoyed the parts of the story right before the big reveal, when you’re anxious and waiting to find out the betrayer and scrambling in your head to work it out before you read the words. Always makes for a fun read! A fairly enjoyable one at 3 stars, although in a collection this wide you’re always going to stumble across some you don’t enjoy.