WHAT READERS ARE SAYING:
“Bitten is an extremely well-balanced and engaging novel. It contains mystery, suspense, horror, romance, and best of all – a creative, genre-bending twist on werewolf mythology. The story is quick-paced and dark without being too heavy or overdramatic. The protagonist is a strong and courageous FBI agent who is able to assert herself without casting aside her femininity. She reminds me of Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone and Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum…If a sequel follows, I will definitely read it.”
“Author Dan O’Brien Left His Mark With BITTEN. For some there will always be a fascination with discovering answers…I’ve now read three books by O’Brien but BITTEN is by far my favorite. It not only showcases his literary skills but leaves the reader wanting more. What else could an avid reader ask for?”
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.
Here’s What Several Reviewers Had To Say:
Bitten is an extremely well-balanced and engaging novel. It contains mystery, suspense, horror, romance, and best of all – a creative, genre-bending twist on werewolf mythology. The story is quick-paced and dark without being too heavy or overdramatic. The protagonist is a strong and courageous FBI agent who is able to assert herself without casting aside her femininity. She reminds me of Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone and Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, and I am quite impressed with Dan O’Brien’s ability to write a convincing female character from a male’s perspective. Perhaps it is because her femininity does not define her, but rather adds to her complexity. The rest of the cast is also surprisingly well-developed given the short length of the book. Rather than prose description, the dialogue in Bitten is what makes the characters, giving the reader more of a sense that the interactions were actually witnessed. Even the mystical elements are fairly believable.
I had trouble putting the book down once I started reading. A fascinating fictional history and entertaining character interactions take the edge off of the horrific sequence of events that one strongly desires to see resolved. My single complaint would be the level of detail in some of the gore, but since it basically defines the beast’s character it is a necessary component of the story. The details are not gratuitous, and the frequency of such descriptions is low enough that I never considered setting the book aside.
Overall, I would recommend Bitten to anyone who likes mystery-suspense-thrillers with a hint of fantasy. If a sequel follows, I will definitely read it.
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Gripping right from the start, raising questions which you just can’t wait to have answered. I loved the main character, as I am sure many women would. She is strong, determined and willing to fight to break through the glass ceilings still in existence.
I loved the cast of characters in this novel, and how Dan O’Brien unashamedly moves away from the current trend of making monsters hunky, misunderstood lovable heroes, and returns them to the gruesome killers they used to be. Descriptively gruesome at times, it also holds the hint of romance, and has enough diversity to cover a range of genres and keep many readers happy.
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I loved the mystery and suspense of this book. A small town under attack by an unknown force. A cocky FBI agent dedicated to find out what is truly happening. Pain, sorrow, and grief of what humankind doesn’t understand.