4 out of 4 stars
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In Descending Dawn, E. W. Roberts told about the journal of a detective named Iliana Dawn. She was a preacher's daughter, and she was about eight years old when she first saw monsters on TV. From then on, she resented them. In an unfortunate turn of events, her parents died in a car accident, and she was left alone to care for her younger sister. Her life had become a mess; she was filled with deep-seated bitterness. She had no friends, she hated her partner, and she disliked her neighbor. However, she loved breakfast and the apartment her ex-husband got her. Iliana's journal began from the moment she was given a vampire case to handle. She had read a lot about them, and her boss felt she was better suited for the case. The process of finding the culprits in the case led to her transformation from a human to a vampire. What became of Iliana and the case after that? Find out from this book.
On the positive points of the book, firstly, I loved that the author started by explaining the nature of the city they lived in, the personality of the main character, and the final state she found herself in. That was a beautiful way to begin the story. It gave the reader insight into the story early on, and that planted an eagerness to discover the details in full. Also, I loved that the author expatiated on the true nature of vampires. Being that the story featured vampires, it was crucial to give a comprehensive explanation of the nature and hierarchy of these weird beings. The story was written in simple English, and it was straight to the point. This first volume of the book was concise and captivating. It had a lot of suspense, and at the end, the reader was left in anticipation of the second volume.
The only part of the book that I considered the negative point was some unanswered questions in it. One of such is the sudden switch in the behavior of the main character - from hateful to nice - after she was transformed into a vampire. That was a bit confusing. How did she become nice to her partner instead of exhibiting the wickedness of a monster after being transformed into a vampire?
The book was professionally edited. I found some grammatical errors in it. However, I rate the book 4 out of 4 stars. I didn't deduct any stars because it was an exciting read. Since there's a second volume of the book in the works, I suppose the slight confusion I mentioned in my negative points will be clarified in the subsequent publication.
I recommend this book to lovers of suspenseful vampire stories. Readers who love stories about detectives will equally enjoy this one.
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