Review: Descent Macabre by Kat O’Connor

I got a complimentary copy of this novella from the author in exchange for an honest review – thank you! That fact of course didn’t influence my opinion in any way.


Kat Aristova, just wanted to have  bit fun – not her fault, not at all. While frequenting a Goth club in Chicago she had the bad luck of capturing the attention of Damien the local vampire, a dancer extraordinaire and a control freak. He turned her against her will and Kat’s life started to change – for better or for worse she couldn’t tell. She lost her lesbian lover, Sophie, she was declared dead, she felt strange urges… on the other hand she became stronger, fitter, more capable of defending herself. Will she be able to retrieve the control over her fate?

My impressions:

It was a novella but of the longer sort. Ostensibly, everything was there: a dark vampire, a Goth lesbian chick, a problem of turning somebody against their will. What I missed was the logic.

I was never told why Damien decided to turn Kat without as much as ‘by your leave’. Later in the story it was hinted that he might have been lonely and bored but it was just told, not shown. Kat never analyzed her new ‘life’ in an intelligent way – she was either raging like a mad lunatic about that nefarious Damien or following his instructions like a good puppy. It made me sad – I don’t like stupid characters, paranormal or otherwise and Kat was showing no faculties that might qualify her as an intelligent, not only sentient being.

Overall I finished this one in less than one hour, already feeling slightly bored. No twist or turn of the plot managed to surprise me as the characters simply went through well-worn motions of doing something worthwhile while in fact they were repeating the actions you can find in your average, dime-a-dozen vampire story.

Final verdict:

I wish the author all the best. However if she decides to undertake another writing project I strongly advise her to think it over for a while – let it be something more original even if you write about vampires.

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4 Responses to Review: Descent Macabre by Kat O’Connor

  1. heidenkind says:

    I was thinking it sounded like a poor man’s Chicagoland Vampires series.

  2. rameau says:

    Vampires, still not interested.

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