by Dan O'Brien




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.

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ISBN-13: 9781467972321
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/16/2012
Pages: 226
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.52(d)

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Bitten 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
amehana More than 1 year ago
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.
DragonLibrary8 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts:This is a completely new and different feel for the werewolf story. It hints at the supernatural and ritualistic from the start and delivers in the end. I enjoyed the characters, but the plot is the driving force. Hecate was an interesting and unexpected touch. Lauren is a strong, driven woman with a sense of purpose and a desire for justice. The language is wonderful, Dan O'Brien is a master at visual description. The story is fast paced and dramatic. I loved the idea of a man who wished to be a monster and a monster who wished to be a man...the story was wonderful. This story has a little bit of everything ~ horror, mystery, romance, thrills, chills, and a bit of supernatural. I hope there are more Lauren Westlake stories to come - I will be looking for them!
Books4Tomorrow More than 1 year ago
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. 
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by: Indera Book provided by: Publisher Review originally posted at Romancing the Book Murder, 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.
TheStephanieLoves More than 1 year ago
Source: Complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you!) 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. Pros: Hint of romance // Vividly and gruesomely descriptive // Dark, foreboding mood // Highly thrilling and shocking // Creative incorporation of werewolves Cons: No contractions found anywhere // Very choppy, difficult style // Unsatisfying ending // Lots of typos // Stiff, unrealistic dialogue // Flat, shallow characters // Slow-moving Verdict: 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.
Naj More than 1 year ago
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.
Martha-A-Cheves More than 1 year ago
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!
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
"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 to town 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.
jones_cat More than 1 year ago
I could not put this novel down. I slept with it. Ive read it twice now and hope there will be a second one really soon.
harstan More than 1 year ago
FBI Agent Lauren Westlake traveled to the small northern Minnesota town of Locke on a working woman's vacation. A recent death occurred nearby that defies logic as the mutilated body had the skin ripped off. The insane beast that committed the murder takes the skin back to a shack in the frozen woods and sews it onto his epidermis. The Fed is not the only stranger in ton. Lauren meets Dominic at a bar and for the first time in what she thinks is forever she is attracted to someone. However, the case remains her top priority as more deaths have townsfolk up in arms. She meets Maude, a woman in a cottage in the woods, who gives Lauren a magical brew. The elixir opens her eyes into the past and she learns she deals with two males: a madman who wants to be a werewolf and a werewolf who wants to be a man. She must identify both to determine who the werewolf is and whether the "beast" is the psychopathic serial killer. Dan O'Brien has written a chilling thriller that takes a unique spin on the werewolf legend. Lauren is a strong person who is also a resolute good law enforcement official. She may be a stranger, but she makes a difference in Locke because without her the situation would be much worse because no one can accept the evidence as it is outside of their logic's comfort zone. Armchair readers will brave the frozen Northern Minnesota woods to learn who the title character of aptly named Bitten is. Harriet Klausner