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A predator stalks a cold northern Minnesotan town. There is talk of wolves walking on two legs and attacking people in the deep woods. Lauren Westlake, resourceful and determined F.B.I Agent, has found a connection between the strange murders in the north and a case file almost a hundred years old. Traveling to the cold north, she begins an investigation that spirals deepA predator stalks a cold northern Minnesotan town. There is talk of wolves walking on two legs and attacking people in the deep woods. Lauren Westlake, resourceful and determined F.B.I Agent, has found a connection between the strange murders in the north and a case file almost a hundred years old. Traveling to the cold north, she begins an investigation that spirals deep into the darkness of mythology and nightmares. Filled with creatures of the night and an ancient romance, the revelation of who hunts beneath the moon is more grisly than anyone could have imagined....

Title : Bitten
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ISBN : 9781467972321
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Number of Pages : 274 Pages
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Bitten Reviews

  • Luvtoread
    2019-03-13 02:13

    Loved this book! A fast read and attention grabber, I really enjoy Dan O'Brien 's style of writing!

  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    2019-03-11 05:43

    For a full review see the Bitten by Books website: http://bittenbybooks.com/

  • Rebecca McNutt
    2019-03-15 03:56

    Bitten is a lot like Twilight in many ways, another short-lived paranormal romance novel that fits a trending pattern of numerous books just like it flooding the market. It's not a book I'd ever read again.

  • Bookworm007
    2019-02-26 02:46

    I wish anyone reading this could have watched my facial expressions while I read Bitten. When was the last time you read a book that got real reactions out of you? I laughed out loud at times, stared at the page with a hand covering my open mouth in shock at others. That might seem dramatic but I got really into this story. This is a thriller taking place in the unlikely location of Minnesota. The main character, Lauren, is a strong woman who knows what she wants and how to get it. It is mostly a thriller but has some romance in it as well. I liked the romance parts but I liked more how the author didn't go overboard with the sultry glances, doomed romance thing. If you are a fan of horror films, you would like this book. Being a huge lover of all things macabre myself, I loved the way the creature was described, it was truly repulsive. Werewolf, paranormal romance type books are everywhere these days but the quirky characters in this story and the situations they encounter set it apart for me. I would definitely read the sequel, which I hear is in the works!

  • Sydney Squidney
    2019-03-10 08:07

    Mostly, I admire people who have the courage to publish their writings, exposing themselves to the world that includes criticism and rejection.The author of Bitten surely created an interesting spin on werewolf attacks that won't soon be forgotten, and I thank him for putting forth an innovative take on the werewolf genre.However, the story, despite having a great plot idea, suffered from poor structure and lacked sufficient editing, so I am glad my copy was a free kindle read.Often the character dialogues blended; I had to re-read to see which character had said what because they seemed to mimic each other when congregating... Some scenes seemed banal and exhaustingly boring to get through, while other scenes ended abruptly and you had to accept what felt like missing chapters inbetween them. Additionally, there were things I kinda rolled my eyes about in this book such as the main character seemingly dropping all good FBI sense and becoming in heat when around her male interest; I kept having to brace myself everytime I realised these two characters would be in a scene together.So just a warning to those like me not interested in romance with their werewolves. I reckon if you like your monster offenders to be faced with a fully flexed Fabio, you might get a kick out of that element, though I personally feel this story could have gone better without the sensual undertones.It wasn't a total letdown, the gore was pretty good and the editing wasn't egregious, the concept was creative and really interesting, but Bitten could benefit from more carefully constructed structure, beta reading and realistic dialogue. I really do think the plot idea was good, and I honestly feel like it could and should be re-worked into something a lot better.

  • Martha Cheves
    2019-02-24 05:09

    Bitten – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat and A Book and A Dish“Agent Lauren Westlake. Yes, I know about you Agent Westlake. What are you an agent of I wonder?” posited the woman quizzically. “Right. So yeah, anyways. About the creature?” The woman folded her hands across her lap and sat back. “There are many creatures in this world, Lauren of the Lake Tribes of the West. My question is what are you an agent of? We all represent something in this world. What do you represent?” Lauren looked at the woman strangely, feeling claustrophobic. “I am an agent of the federal government,” she replied mechanically. The woman was not convinced with the answer. “That is to say you are an agent of a rock, Lauren of the Lake Tribes of the West. Would you like me to read your life?” “My life? Lake Tribes of the West? I thought you had information about the creature.” “I have information on a great many things, Agent Westlake. What information do you have for me? Nothing in this life is free. A cycle of reciprocity, surrounded and envelopes us, even if we do not see it.” Lauren gripped the edge of the chair, lifting her body. “I think there has been a misunderstanding. I thought you had something to tell me…” The woman waved the agent down with a quick movement of her hands. “Let me begin then. I am called Hecate. I serve as the guide from this world. Not the only guide mind you, but a guide nonetheless. I am an agent of wisdom and of truth. And you, daughter of the Lake Tribes of the West, what are you an agent of?”Federal Agent Lauren Westlake had been in Locke, Minnesota for just a few days and she is now conversing with a another crazy woman. The first was Madeline Leftwich who for years sat every night at the train station waiting on her mother to pick her up. Now Madeline is dead and the particulars of her death are what keeps Lauren in her seat as she listens to the puzzling comments coming from Hecate. Madeline, as well as another woman found at the lake, had both been murdered by what appears to be the same ‘person.’ Both were mutilated with patches of skin removed. After catching a glimpse of what Lauren believes to be the murderer, she is convinced it isn’t a person she’s perusing but a monster of some type. From what she saw, it’s large and it’s hairy. Definitely not human.Dominic McManus has had his own encounter with Hecate. She has given him hope for the future. She has ‘read his life’ and assured him that there will be someone coming that will help him. But Dominic sees his time running out and needs help fast. Could Lauren possibly be the one he’s been waiting on? While reading Bitten, I felt as if I was reading a possible script for one of the supernatural shows on television involving vampires and werewolves. I also felt that it might even be a script for Criminal Minds. This book would fit both. The questions I kept asking myself as I read were – is this monster a werewolf? - is Dominic the monster? - could it really be just a crazy maniac? And then I would tell myself – if this book were made into a movie I would spend more time hiding my face from the screen as a got the heck scared out of me. Bitten is a true thriller!

  • Jessica
    2019-02-28 01:49

    Bitten was sent to me by the author for review. I think it’s one that would appeal to those who enjoy supernatural reads with a touch of romance. The story took me a while to get into but once I was into it I was very curious to find out how it would end. The characters are likable and the monster is quite horrific and disgusting in description.My issue with this book is the language used. The authors style is not bad but not easy to get lost in. He writes with very little if any usage of contractions. This results in a very formal manner of speech which is present anyway but the lack of contractions adds to it a great deal. If the conversation was less how should I put it old fashioned is all I can come up with it would have been I think a different book. I’m not sure if people 50 or 100 years ago even spoke like this but perhaps the author is an old fashioned kind of guy.The formal manner results in a bit of a dry hard to get into style. It’s one that for some reasons bothered me at odd times throughout the book. In the beginning a great deal and I would put it down look at it and sigh. Then pick it back up as review books I force myself to read no matter what and once I got a little ways in I would really get into the story and it wasn’t noticeable. Then a conversation would take place and I’d be thrown off again but by then I was into the story so much and wanting to know what would happen so I would push through.Then later in the story the language became very in your face going from Victorian to motherfucker thrown about which really threw me as the character saying it yes totally but to go from one to the other was very noticeable.The book wasn’t bad and has many raving reviews on amazon and goodreads. I’m not going to say this book will not appeal as I got into it myself and found things in it I liked but it’s not perfect, many others based on those reviews clearly loved it so yes if you like supernatural with a different twist try it. I myself would call it good and leave it at that.My thanks to Dan for the review copy.

  • Arlena
    2019-03-21 04:54

    Author: Dan O'BrienPublished by: Create SpaceAge Recommend: AdultReviewed By: Arlena DeanRaven Rating: 5Blog Reviewed For: GMTAReview:"Bitten" by Dan O'Brien was indeed a good thriller with some suspense and romance. The story is of how a predator stalks the small town of Locke, Minnesota and a FBI agent Lauren Westlake come totown and opens up a investigation that takes the police department to levels it's never been before. I believe the author did an excellent job with bringing out the best in the characters: Lauren, Sheriff Montgomery, Mrs. Meadows, Deputy Matthew, Dominic, Hecate, and Briar Winston. Now you will have to read to see who is who! But just a little.... After Lauren meet with Hecate and drinks her tea(which was a potion), she soon learns that they are dealing with two men.... one who wants to be a werewolf and the other one wanting to be a man. Is it a beastly animal or a psychotic man? This leaves the Sheriff, Lauren and the rest of this posy wondering who is this killer. It is a interesting ride on how they find out.I find "Bitten" a very interesting good read and you will find it hard to put the book down. There are even some laughable scenes, sexual activity and graphic language, however, if you like a good thriller this book is for you.Read more: http://www.greatmindsthinkaloud.probo...

  • William Krauss
    2019-03-24 04:09

    The best werewolf book I have read in a long time if ever!I love the characters and the story. It was very exciting and sexy. You really get to care about the characters and the story keeps you engrossed the whole time. Well done!

  • Bette
    2019-02-22 07:56

    Mystery, suspense, fantasy, romance are the many elements of this story. Some might call it dark fantasy, some might call it horror. But I think the horror never developed for me as I kept thinking of the opening pages – and to me it was a time warp. A time warp never explained or developed and because of that I never really concentrated on the story.

  • Karielle at Books à la Mode
    2019-02-27 07:49

    Bitten (Lauren Westlake Mysteries #1) by Dan O'BrienPage Count: 274Release Date: 16 April, 2012Publisher: self-publishedSource: Complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you!)I reviewed O'Brien's The Journey back in July, and while it didn't exactly strike my fancy, I decided to give the author another try with this one. Bitten flows in a slightly different vein, with the same eerie glow, but a more developed plot, cast, and structure that made it way more enjoyable.The victim toll of brutal, violent murders is rising in the previously quiet and uneventful town of Locke, Minnesota, and federal agent, Lauren Westlake, arrives, determined to find out who—or what—is behind the random slaughters. While she is unfamiliar with small, cold Locke, the town regulars are convinced that there has got to be something beyond government measure responsible for the uncorrelated events... a conviction Lauren, herself, soon painfully discovers.As far as horror literature goes, O'Brien has a direct, unabashed writing style that is descriptive, shocking, and just detached enough to be highly appropriate for the content conveyed. It is, however, too choppy at times, and the author seems to have a bit of an aversion to contractions, which made Bitten overall a difficult read. Vocabulary- and structure-wise, the book is pretty minimalist, but because of the unclear and unkempt writing, you have to trudge through this one.The characters are too disinterested and flat for me to have felt anything while reading. While there is a bit of romance, nothing really stirred inside of me because of how unfamiliar I was with the involved parties, even by the end of the book. The poor characterization certainly detracts from my enjoyment of the novel, but its mystery/thriller elements prove that it is primarily plot-driven, which makes up for lack of persona somewhat.My biggest problem with this book is the stilted dialogue, which branches off of poor characterization and goes hand-in-hand with the contraction-less diction. If the way characters think and talk just doesn't seem realistic to me, there is a 100% chance I will pick it apart. Let me tell you: "I am not sure that it would be the best idea..." is a severely outdated, awkward, and yes, awkwardly outdated, way for anyone to speak in any modern era. Bitten is completely composed of sentences like that, which, if you're like me and enjoy REAL dialogue, may have you tearing your hair out by the roots after a while.I'm not completely ripping Bitten apart, though. I was impressed with O'Brien's ability to carry out a dark, sensual undertone throughout the entire novel. I couldn't turn one page without a sense of foreboding, of unease, and that kind of effect on a reader is quite an achievement. The aspect of werewolves is fresh, too. Bitten does not have your typical romanticized shapeshifter/alpha-male hero; instead, we've got a creepy, gruesome, and completely uncensored monster roaming about—the original werewolf.Love: "We let others complicate our lives. We choose to live that way. We choose to include people in our lives."Pros: Hint of romance // Vividly and gruesomely descriptive // Dark, foreboding mood // Highly thrilling and shocking // Creative incorporation of werewolvesCons: No contractions found anywhere // Very choppy, difficult style // Unsatisfying ending // Lots of typos // Stiff, unrealistic dialogue // Flat, shallow characters // Slow-movingVerdict: Aside from the undeveloped cast of characters and disconnected style, Bitten is a promising story that will appeal to lovers of shapeshifters, literary horror—the good ol' blood and guts—and mystery. A decent read, Bitten is a werewolf novel with serious bite!6 hearts: Satisfying for a first read, but I'm not going back.

  • Romancing the Book
    2019-02-26 03:57

    Reviewed by: InderaBook provided by: PublisherReview originally posted at Romancing the BookMurder, Werewolves, Urban Myths, Small towns, and FBI Agents! A perfect combination for this exciting, thrilling, gory murder mystery with bits and pieces of romance and paranormal!I did enjoy the actual writing in the book. Author Dan O’Brien uses very descriptive writing. Many times while reading I felt I could just close my eyes and be in the scene and in the moment. It is refreshing to read a good mystery that is exciting and very descriptive. It allows me to connect with each character in the story. Warning, the scenes do tend to be a bit gory and much like a horror movie. There were many times I had to shiver after reading the graphic and colorful writing. I would not recommend this for the sensitive or squeamish type.The back story is good. It wasn’t the normal werewolf story I normally read. In Bitten there is some back story which shed light regarding many myths concerning werewolves and urban myths. The story put a little twist on the normal werewolf story. I love the twist of what happens to a person bitten by a werewolf. I also like how the stories weaved together. You have a detective investigating mysterious murders and a werewolf that seeks someone of his kind to resurrect his own supernatural race. I did want a bit more of the back story. I expected to learn more about the supernatural and mortal realms (and the new twists) along with more history of the characters and their ancestors.Among the gory murders and the mutilated bodies author O’Brien finds a way to tie in a bit of a romance. The romance aspect of the book is also enjoyable with Agent Lauren Westlake. She is your no nonsense career driven FBI agent that gets “bit” by a love bug and turns into a young batty eyed girl in love. Many times in the novel she struggles with this persona because she is expected to be a tough and rough detective, but ends up all doe eyed and giddy over her guy Dominic. I think this part of the story was written well. I normally don’t like to read too many stories with a strong independent woman who suddenly falls apart when she falls in love. The author did a good job of giving us romance book lover’s bits and pieces of romance and attraction mixed in with horror, mystery and intrigue.There were many other strong characters in the book including Sheriff Montgomery and by the end his relationship turns endearing and almost fatherly with Lauren. I loved the characters and their development. Sheriff Montgomery was not keen on having some FBI agent in his territory but as events unfolded he slowly starts to trust agent Westlake. This makes the story believable as most small town folks don’t want outsiders in their town! Another favorite character of mine is the transient bum. Throughout most of the book he is referred to as the vagrant or the transient and is of no use at all. Eventually with the help of Agent Westlake he opens up and ends up assisting in the investigation. Hecate was another memorable character. She plays an important role in finding who or what is killing in the small town of Locke Minnesota. Her twist is she serves as a “Guide for the Mortal Realm” and has a very unique way of helping out with the investigation.One complaint was the story just ended and left me wanting more with Lauren and Dominic. The ending left me with the impression that Detective Westlake’s adventures will continue (with another “paranormal subject”) so I will look out for another adventure with this quirky FBI agent. I look forward to seeing what other twists Dan O’Brien can come up with for the next paranormal subject. I do recommend this book for those readers that love a good mystery with lots of gore and suspense.

  • Natacha Lalande
    2019-03-19 03:11

    To read the full review: https://natachabooksreview.wordpress....I enjoyed the story, while a side of me wished we wouldn’t have learned who the werewolf is until later in the book, it’s entertaining to read about the werewolf helping the Sheriff’s team and Lauren. I liked the description of what they see and hear, so it becomes easier for us, the readers, to visualise while reading.I love supernatural stories with vampires, werewolves and other creatures. What i enjoyed about the werewolf in this book is that it has it’s own lore, which isn’t like in other books or movies with this creature. 4/5 stars.

  • Blakely
    2019-02-23 08:57

    My synopsis of BITTEN by Dan O’Brien: Lauren Westlake, an F.B.I. agent, arrives in a small Minnesota town after opening a cold case file. A killer is on the loose. But Lauren and the local police department must figure out if their killer is human, animal, or…other?First, the downfalls: O’Brien seems to stumble into the stereotypical trap that a woman only has something negative to think upon meeting another woman. This immediately left me questioning the believability of the main heroine, Lauren. As an F.B.I. agent, wouldn’t she notice deeper traits or have gut feelings rather than allow herself to get sidetracked by someone’s heavy makeup or hot-pants? Now, while I kept a sense of humor about it -and could have easily created a drinking game out of it- I can’t help but comment that it is mathematically impossible to have that many hussies and harlots in one small town. (Although, to be honest, I’ve never been to Minnesota.) Also, O’Brien repeats information a lot more than is comfortable. Characters should be used to relay information to the reader. However, I found myself reading the same conversation, only between different characters. Or Lauren would think something and then turn right around and say those exact thoughts to another character. Then why, as the reader, did I need to know she was thinking them right before she said them? (Now, having read that, pretend you have to listen to me tell someone else the exact same thing. Redundant.) O’Brien needs to give his readers more credit to connect the dots. I can do it. I had my mental pencil ready to go and everything. Now, the goodies:While there were a few downsides to O’Brien’s work, there were numerous positives and unexpected treats. I was immediately intrigued by his beautiful way with words and wintry landscape. I hate to be cold (I despise it, actually), but he made me long for thigh-high snow and icy tree branches snapping in the darkness as I read. Every major event became a vivid portrait. The atmosphere is cozy yet alarming. It is reminiscent, at times, of the campy early nineties television show ‘Twin Peaks’, as well as ‘Wolf Lake’, a show that focused on small town mysteries and dark werewolf secrets. O’Brien especially delivers the “cringe” factor. Pushing the reader in all the right ways, the extra bits of gore are definitely appreciated. If a body has been disemboweled, I want to see it go the distance. And O’Brien does just that. What really stands out, however, is O’Brien’s incredibly unique and macabre twist on the traditional werewolf story. Through a series of run-ins with key individuals, the main character learns that not one, but two individuals are responsible for the bodies littering the frigid woods. I cannot add more for fear of spoiling it for others. And I would hate to do that. Bottom line: Dan O’Brien’s BITTEN adds a fresh twist to the traditional werewolf story. A great read for any horror or supernatural fans. And the ending totally hooked me into the sequel. So get to it, O’Brien. I want more.

  • David Brown
    2019-03-21 06:08

    Werewolves are one of the popular ingredients for horror stories and films but there is always the challenge to do something different with them rather than rehashing what has gone before. Dan O’Brien’s Bitten explores the myth of werewolves but from a slightly different angle.In the cold Minnesotan town of Locke some gruesome murders have begun out in the woods. Suggestions of bear attacks and wolves on two legs have the local Sheriff, Montgomery, left scratching his head. However, he has assistance in the form of FBI agent Lauren who is in town to investigate the murders and her suspicions lean towards the supernatural which Montgomery and his peers find both amusing and ludicrous. The question is can Westlake and Montgomery put aside their differences and catch the killer before it’s too late?Lauren arrives in Locke at the outset and encounters a woman who is talking little sense. This same woman is later ambushed and killed in the woods after Lauren has left her. Bodies are severely mutilated with parts of them missing but where is the killer? Lauren has her suspicions but she has to tread carefully around Sheriff Montgomery who is initially resentful of her presence in town. Try as they might though, Westlake and Montgomery are powerless as the body count begins to rise in Locke. Add to this Lauren’s meeting with a local, Dominic, and a spot of romance being in the air and there are one or two complications.Bitten approaches the werewolf myth in a very interesting way. It would be at the risk of ruining the plot to reveal this but let’s just say at one point Lauren meets the mysterious Hecate out in the woods and she offers both insight and riddles for Lauren to solve about who the killer is and how his reign of terror started. We get snippets from the perspective of our killer, referred to as the creature, and revealing what he does with body parts which will leave some people a little squeamish.Although Bitten was a decent horror story I had issues with aspects of it. Lauren enters a bar at the start and sees off a challenge from a local woman, revealing our FBI agent is one tough lady. She later sees off a disgruntled husband of a murder victim in a similar tough fashion. However, she soon meets Dominic and goes from tough talking agent to giggly school girl, which I felt diminished her character. I’ve nothing against the romance in the book but this sudden change didn’t work for me. The horror itself is very gruesome and there is an interesting plot and myth about werewolves and the danger they can pose which is worth reading.Bitten is a decent horror story but I did find issues with the main character. Tough people can be vulnerable, there’s no denying that, but I felt it was too easy for Lauren to melt once she had met Dominic. A more gradual development of their romance would have been better. The gory aspects of the novel won’t suit everyone but the horror element did work well for me.

  • Inez West
    2019-03-13 04:13

    SuspenfulIf you like sci-first horror detective thriller this is a good book to read. You know who the real werewolf is, but the relationship between the characters develop nicely and ends the way you expect. The Hecate character was not really necessary to the story, that information could have been found in a book, more an indulgence on the author's part.

  • Melissa
    2019-02-21 06:58

    ***This book was received as a free advanced reader's copy***This was a supernatural crime mystery type of book. It had a good plot, the pace was a bit off, but the characters were good. And it looks like it may be the start of a series, which sounds interesting.Lauren Westlake is headed to a sleepy little town up North on the trail of a case. A series of strange, possibly supernatural killings have happened, and a new murder has brought her here. The local police force, while resentful at first, soon appreciates her help when another murder occurs that is just as grisly as the first. And it won't be the last either. But Lauren's even got a little romance going as well, with a mysterious man who seems older than he really is. But since the town is full of strange surprises it doesn't alarm her. The cold blooded killer is still on the prowl, and Lauren knows she has to stop him, but its going to be tougher than she thinks.I liked Lauren. She's pretty no-nonsense and won't take any crap. But at the same time she kind of seems unsure of herself as well. She does fall a little fast for her love interest, but hey, chemistry can happen that way sometimes. The police are also pretty no-nonsense but they are believable for the most part. And I liked the O'Brien gave them some backstories. I was a little weirded out by Hecate, unless she appears in the rest of the series (if it is in fact a series) she just seemed out of place and like an afterthought in this book. Her character and conversations almost made the book unbelievable (well unbelievable in the scope of a supernatural novel anyway). She just didn't seem authentic.I will say that there is a lot of gore, violence, sex, and wildly colorful language in this book. I'm thinking that if you're sensitive to any of these things, it probably won't be to your taste. But the gruesome did make it a good horror story. It was descriptive and very visual. The conversation I felt a bit strange. I'm assuming this is modern time and the language was a bit formal for now, although I did like that he used northern expressions for some of the characters. I guess for a supernatural suspense, it just seemed like poetic language mixed in between cusswords, and it didn't come off natural. The idea of the killer and the backstory behind it was unique. I actually liked the twist that O'Brien put on the werewolf myth. It was different.I would read the next in this series and will probably look for it to hit shelves. I'm eager to see if it puts a different spin on another supernatural being.BittenCopyright 2011274 pagesReview by M. Reynard 2012More of my reviews can be found at www.ifithaswords.blogspot.com

  • Tammy
    2019-03-10 03:50

    Lauren Westlake is an F.B.I. agent who becomes enthralled by a cold case she discovers. Dating back a century there have been several violent murders in different places of the country. What ties them together with an impossible timeline is the fact that all the victims are torn and shredded in the same manner by, seemingly, the same weapon.It had been speculated that these were some sort of animal attack but as Lauren reviews the cases she is intrigued by the hints of a supernatural cause.Using a vacation as an excuse to investigate on her own she travels to Locke, Minnesota where the latest victim has been found. Here is the book summary:A predator stalks a cold northern Minnesotan town. There is talk of wolves walking on two legs and attacking people in the deep woods. Lauren Westlake, resourceful and determined F.B.I Agent, has found a connection between the strange murders in the north and a case file almost a hundred years old. Traveling to the cold north, she begins an investigation that spirals deep into the darkness of mythology and nightmares. Filled with creatures of the night and an ancient romance, the revelation of who hunts beneath the moon is more grisly than anyone could have imagined.This did not turn out to be your typical werewolf story. Elements of horror, police procedural and Urban Fantasy give Bitten a wide appeal.I enjoyed the relationship Lauren strikes up with the small-town Sheriff and his officers. As the story progressed I was unsure of how things were going to turn out and, indeed, I was surprised by the turn of events. I had a hard time reconciling the smart and savvy F.B.I. agent Lauren with the scattered Lauren that meets Dominic, a mysterious new-comer to Locke. Though it is most likely meant to portray an attraction between Lauren and Dominic and her feeling that there was something off about him, it was unclear and stood out for me. I also wanted a bit more character development. More meat on the secondary characters as well. (No pun intended.) Other than that I did enjoy the story and I see a huge potential for future Lauren Westlake novels. I am looking forward to more from Dan O'Brien in this series.

  • Katrina
    2019-03-10 05:58

    It’s been awhile since I have read a thriller = horror story and I must say I was intrigued by Dan o Brian's story Bitten. I enjoyed the writing style, fluent flowing and very well detailed storyline. The descriptions are vivid and easily envisaged, many a scene may even cause your hairs on your arms to stand on end and Even certain scenes will make you cringe. The horrific parts will have your heart racing and your blood pumping along with the characters and victims in this story. A predator = killer roams the small town On Minnesotan, there is talk of wolves, or bears roaming the bush and killing and attacking people deep within the woods. Vicious death has taken place and Lauren Westlake is in the town at the right place. She is F B I, very knowledgeable and was brought to this town by chance that the strange murders all had a connection. Lauren and the Sergeant of the town begin an investigation that brings about more than any of them could possibly imagine. Creatures of the night are discovered and hundreds of years of Myths and nightmares are brought forth. Lauren finds more than what she ever bargained for. Dan O Brian has blended his storyline well, giving the reader, equal amounts of horror, suspense, intrigue and even a little romance within a climax that will have the reader on the edge of their seat !!! Slight humour was added in to give you a giggle - the condiment girl had me smirking. I was drawn into this book within the first few chapters and could say I read this in almost one sitting. I would recommend this to all who enjoy a paranormal filled with horror, it is quiet detailed - at times filled with gore, but do keep in mind it has a wonderful scripted storyline to boot. Graphic language is also present so if this offends then this book is not for you !! I look forward to more of Dan's books in this series; the ending now has me more curious than ever as to where Lauren is on her next Field trip. Am also hoping she may also come across her wolf man somewhere in the future. ** being a romantic at heart - I enjoyed the romance put forth between Lauren and her wolf man, lustful, and delicious ** what can I say! I’d run with wolves any day!!! 4 1/2 stars!!!!!

  • nora m malotte
    2019-03-24 09:52

    BittenLauren Westlake is a heroic agent with the FBI . She would be most girls hero. She is after a SUPERNATURAL KILLER to be sure. She shows no fear and leads the local officers on the hunt. Nothing they are prepared to find. Fast paced and FRIGHTENING. YOU WILL ENJOY THIS ONE. I RECOMMEND.

  • Donald
    2019-03-19 09:06

    Just read the 03-31-12 email: "You are one of our First Reads lucky winners! You will soon receive a free copy of Bitten in the mail. Please allow a few weeks for shipping."Self pubbed books often don't get the editorial attention needed to make them work. Every poorly chosen or misspelled word or bad bit of grammar act as speed bumps to the reader—taking them out of the story and out of the moment to contemplate errors.Some people can pull it off. Some can't.On page 18 of the copy I have: Lauren moved closer to Dominic, leaning in slightly. He smelled of the woods, like camping. She swallowed hard before she continued. "They look as those an animal attacked..."That's right, "They look as those an animal attacked..."This is just one of many.Our visiting agent Lauren had a few shots at the local pub the night she arrives in the town of Locke. No self-respecting woman goes out and gets hammered the first night in town on her own. Worse, those few shots get blown out of proportion on page 32 when: "Despite sleeping off a rather interesting bender, she still looked more the part..."I always thought being on a bender meant an extended drinking binge, so I Googled it and found out I was right. A few shots when you first get into town do not qualify as a bender. You've got to be doing that every hour of every day for weeks before you get to call it a bender!What finally got me to put the novel down for good was when this Federal agent, out on a date, gets several phone calls from the local sheriff. She wants to go to the crime scene so she lets her date bring her...to the crime scene...where the victim has been eviscerated! And she lets him follow her in!All plausibility thrown to the wind by, like, page 80.Boom.Done.Next!

  • Books
    2019-03-03 03:52

    From the summary on the back cover, I couldn’t tell that this is a book about werewolves (although the “wolves walking on two legs” should’ve been a dead giveaway). I think I missed that little clue because I was enthralled by the words “darkness of mythology and nightmares” and “creatures of the night”. Those were the phrases that got me hooked, really. Once I realized this was about my least favorite book-theme – werewolves – it dampened some of my excitement. In short, “Bitten” was different from what I’ve read before in other werewolf books. I enjoyed the story and found it interesting enough to finish it in one sitting, but it didn’t spark enough of an interest in me to want to read more werewolf-themed books. It’s clear the author put a lot of time and effort into developing the plot, though some of the storyline was rather tedious and predictable. What really kept me glued to the pages were the elements of mystery, the suspense, and the detailed gory scenes (because I’m a fan of horror and gory scenes are my thing). The romance is okay-ish and thankfully doesn’t dominate the story, but I definitely didn’t feel the attraction between Lauren and her love interest. Some of the not-so-good is that the book needs another round of editing to smooth things out, especially where structure and dialogue is concerned. Not all the characters were well-developed and I struggled to form a connection with them, although I have to admit that several of the characters were quite interesting even if I didn’t really care about them. Due to the gory and explicit content and profanity, I won’t recommend this book to younger or sensitive readers. The author clearly went for the shock-technique and therefore I’d only recommend “Bitten” to hardcore fans of horror.

  • Naj (Unputdownable Books)
    2019-03-11 06:58

    FBI Agent Lauren Westlake has a knack for investigating cold cases that seem to pop up again spontaneously in different parts of the U.S. Her new case leads her to a cold northern Minnesotan town, where a string of murders occurred. As the investigation gets deeper, everything starts to seem... supernatural. I won't consider this book as a complete paranormal book. It seemed more plain fiction with a touch of paranormal, horror and suspense. To be honest, the book didn't seem so into suspense, it was more gorey than anything else. Definitely not a book for the faint-hearted. The moment I hit the second chapter, I was lost. The way the book was narrated was very confusing, I even thought one of the main characters died because of the lack of distinction when introducing a new narration into the chapter. It was frustrating when I had to read back and try to get what was going on.The writing style was different from what I'm used to. I didn't like it much. But the plot was stern and so were the side characters. The primary characters were easy to connect to but a long the way, I began to 'disconnect' from them. They weren't constructed well, and I just didn't care much for them along the way. Their dialogue didn't seem right for the type of the book but for some reason the secondary characters was well portrayed compared to the primary characters.Bitten is an interesting indie book based on werewolves. Though I didn't like some bits of the book, I did enjoy the light romance, and the secondary characters. Due to its gorey content, I don't recommend this to the faint hearted, but maybe to the adventurous reader.

  • Teresa Garcia
    2019-03-16 09:49

    When I started, I was expecting paranormal mystery. I was very happy that the agent was a female. I was not expecting the romance bit to be such a heavy hitter in the story. I really liked how the werewolves are sentient and fully cognizant, and that they are born. This is one of the reasons that I ended up suggesting this book to my mate, who is not a big reading fan. He's interested enough to look into getting a copy for himself.I also was impressed with seeing Hecate appear, and how accurately she was portrayed to my training and experience in both mythology and religion. Hecate is among my favorite goddesses. For this reason I think that it would appeal to many in the Pagan community, not just those that love a good paranormal story.The werewolves in this produce a toxin in their saliva. I thought that was an interesting twist as well and a great explanation for why people go crazy after a bite.The characters were all well rounded with their own backstories, and I enjoyed their interactions. Also, the one sex scene in this I found to be well written. There was enough detail that it was not hazy, but not enough where it was gratuitous and tacky. The idea of two people flowing into each other was very well conveyed and actually rather beautiful.I do hope that Agent Westlake encounters McManus again in another book. I was glad to see a separation happen since it is something I so rarely see happening, but I would certainly be equally happy seeing a reunion. Maybe that's just from how much I like werewolves though and want to see them get a happy end for once.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-17 03:06

    This was an interesting and fresh horror/mystery hybrid. The setting is a small town in Minnestoa during the deep dark cold of mid-winter, and the result is a creepy and almost claustrophobic atmosphere, perfect for reading in a warm bed on a winter's night. Lauren Westlake arrives in a great, poignant opening scene that establishes her as a tough federal agent. This persona is soon at odds with her behavior in the local bar, where the alcohol loosens her tongue, her professionalism, and her grip on her dignity. I think the intent was to show the two sides of Lauren but it's a little heavy-handed here and throughout the book.But the story itself kept me reading and was really entertaining. The violent murders that seem to have been committed by a monster, the overwhelmed local police department, a mysterious stranger in town, and Lauren's reason for arriving in Locke are all part of a well-developed, intriguing twist on the werewolf legend. The thin line between human and monster is explored a bit against the backdrop of murder, mystery and horror. There's even a visit from Hecate to add a little fun to the mix.My only real complaint is the very formal language, sometimes awkward phrasing, and the lack of contractions. As a result the dialogue feels stilted and slow - mentally I kept adding the contractions as I read to keep the pace moving along at a more natural speed.Overall, a very enjoyable and atmospheric read.

  • Kiki
    2019-03-16 07:58

    I enjoyed the actual writing in the book. Many times while reading I felt I could just close my eyes and be in the scene and in the moment. It allowed me to connect with each character in the story.In Bitten there is some back story which shed light regarding many myths concerning werewolves and urban myths. The story put a little twist on the normal werewolf story. I love the twist of what happens to a person bitten by a werewolf. I also like how the stories weaved together. You have a detective investigating mysterious murders and a werewolf that seeks someone of his kind to resurrect his own supernatural race.O’Brien finds a way to tie in a bit of a romance. The romance aspect of the book is also enjoyable with Agent Lauren Westlake. She is your no nonsense career driven FBI agent that gets “bit” by a love bug and turns into a young batty eyed girl in love. Many times in the novel she struggles with this persona because she is expected to be a tough and rough detective, but ends up all doe eyed and giddy over her guy Dominic. I think this part of the story was written well. The author did a good job of giving us romance book lover’s bits and pieces of romance and attraction mixed in with horror, mystery and intrigue.I look forward to seeing what other twists Dan O’Brien can come up with for the next paranormal subject. I do recommend this book for those readers that love a good mystery with lots of gore and suspense.

  • David
    2019-02-23 04:03

    I really enjoyed the first part of this book. Grisly murders in a northern Minnesota town in the middle of winter ~ I was hooked! (Yes, I'm from Minnesota) O'Brien did a good job of describing the scene and atmosphere. Turns out there's a werewolf running around ~ again, O'Brien did a nice job of adding a new twist to the werewolf saga. But then it started to fall apart less than half-way in. First and foremost this book needs a good editing. This broke me out of the story a number of times. Sections of dialogue seemed forced and unnatural. Agent Loren Westlake is tough as nails until she lays eyes on the only hunk in town. Then she turns into a soft as jelly school girl. There were also a number of instances that just went beyond suspending my disbelief. The sheriff and his deputies (and Westlake) did some incredibly stupid and incompetent things. It wouldn't happen. There was also a scene where a woman is the only survivor in a house massacre - some of the victims were allegedly her friends. Instead of shock, remorse, fear, etc., her only emotion was irritation at the sheriff for holding her for questioning. It were those types of things that almost made me put the book down and give up. But to O'Brien's credit, all-in-all he did a good enough job with tension and pace to keep me reading to the end.

  • Carmen Shaw
    2019-03-03 02:52

    If you are squeamish, I don't recommend it for you because this book is not for the faint-hearted.Bitten is complete werewolf story, which is why I was interested in it in the first place, I will admit. It's about a lady named Lauren Westlake, who's a serious F.B.I Agent. She goes to Locke, a small town in Minnesota because there had been a few suspicious deaths that happened, and it was her job to solve the mystery. Then enters Dominic. He is polite, old-fashioned, and of course, attractive! Lauren, though she's in love with her job, starts to fall for him as well. But, here's the catch: Dominic seems to be the solution to all her problems... Take from that, what you will!This book is a bit graphic in places, so if you're touchy about that, then maybe this book isn't for you.What I didn't like:It took me a while to get through this story. There were times when it was so interesting, and action-packed, and I couldn't put it down, but then it would slow down dramatically, and I could. So the pacing wasn't very constant, and I found that a bit of a turn off. What I did like:The plot was incredibly unique. I haven't ever read a story like this before, and I love being surprised. Also, this book was very graphic, but I liked that. It was very raw, and unforgiving, and harsh; and that made me like it even more!

  • Sharon Stevenson
    2019-03-10 02:03

    I received a copy of this book for honest review. 'Bitten' is the story of Federal Agent Lauren Westlake and her off-duty work on an old murder case which brings her up against a killer with wolf-like tendencies.The story gets off to an atmospheric start, beginning at a lonely railway station at midnight. I was hooked instantly and read the whole book in a few quick hours. I enjoyed Lauren's no-nonsense personality and easily sympathised with her. The other characters were intriguing, particularly Dominic, whom Lauren is attracted to from the start. About halfway through a revelation is made which sort of gives away how the rest of the story is going to play out. I wasn't sure about this, however the rest of the story entertained and there was still a lot of tension in there in spite of this element of predictability. I still really wanted to see exactly how the story would unfold. I was left satisfied by the end of the book, having enjoyed it thoroughly from start to finish.Recommended for fans of horror and the supernatural! There is a little bit of romance on the side but be warned this is very much an adult horror read with gory violent parts, sexual references, and some pretty hilarious swearing going on.

  • Wendy Hines
    2019-03-05 08:13

    Lauren Westlake is an FBI Agent whom's experience leads her to believe that a recent killing in the small town of Locke, Minnesota is similiar to an old case. Not only is the victim dead, but it's a gruesome killing. Her investigation, along with the town's sheriff, lead them to a beast. Lauren decides to take the investigation in another path and that leads her to a small cottage and Hecate. There, she imbibes a potion that lets her 'see' into the past. Her vision shows her a man who desires to be a werewolf and a werewolf who prefers to become a man. She needs to find them both to solve her case. But whom will it be?With a strong heroine, a splash of romance and a chilling plot, Bitten is a new twist on the age-old werewolf story tossed with mystery. O'Brien does a good job of keeping things rolling with minimum fluff. If you're looking for a new take on the paranormal with a dash of suspense and can stomach some gory situations, pick up Bitten!