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Once Bitten

3.36  ·  Rating Details ·  1,149 Ratings  ·  84 Reviews
As a psychologist for the Los Angeles police department, Jamie Beaverbrook has seen it all. Or so he thinks until the night a full moon brings out the crazies, including Terry Ferriman. Trouble is, Terry isn’t exactly crazy. But how else can the police explain finding the girl in an alley off Sunset, crouched over a man’s lifeless body, her mouth smeared with blood? After ...more
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Published January 31st 2012 by Brilliance Audio (first published October 21st 2010)
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Rebecca McNutt
Once Bitten is a run-of-the-mill vampire novel, not bad but definitely not outstanding or original, either. Some of the characters were very interesting but in general I didn't find this one all that great.
L. Wallace
Jan 26, 2011 L. Wallace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stephen Leather is a well known and successful journalist in the UK and China, and he’s written for The Times, The Daily Mail and South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. He followed up his successful journalism career with bestselling novels, earning a place on best seller lists. Once Bitten is his latest foray into the world of novellas, being a short but compelling read.

Jamie Beaverbrook is a UK psychologist hired by the LA police department. His job is to test people that have been arrested, i
Mar 21, 2011 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, horror, kindle, read_2011
Once Bitten is many things - a semi police procedural, a vampiric tale, a love story, but importantly, it's A-grade story telling by a master of the ebook world. Stephen Leather continues to deliver works unique to print that are as dark and characteristically complex as I've read. Once Bitten is a new take of the vampire lore in which DNA and selective evolution lead to a few 'humans' not aging. Terry, a seemingly innocent (though bloody) teenager is met by police consultant psychologist Jaime ...more
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
Quote from author:
""One thing I have never been able to understand is why an organisation like the National Black Police Association is allowed to exist. It is by its very nature racist - hoping to promote the interests of a group solely on the basis of the colour of its members. A police officer can lose his job if he is found to be a member of the British National Party, which in the past excluded non-whites. But the NPBA, which is solely for non-white police officers, is allowed to operate w
Sep 22, 2011 Katy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: vampire noir fans
Recommended to Katy by: Vine program
Please Note: Read and reviewed in November 2011 from a copy provided by the Amazon Vine program in exchange for an honest review.

My Synopsis: Jamie Beaverbrook is a psychologist who works for the LAPD, evaluating people who are brought in to determine if they are mentally competent. It is the night of the full moon when he first meets her - Terry Ferriman - and there is an instant connection. Even though she is 10 years younger than him, accused of murder and suspected of being a vampire - or at
The Bookworms' Lair
The current version of the book has a different cover to the one above, I’m not sure I’m keen on the new cover and I probably wouldn’t have bought the book if I seen that version instead of the one above:), my Kindle edition calls the novel ’Once Bitten (A Thriller with Bite)’ and it definitely is a thriller. Normally I read a lot of Urban Fantasy which has elements of the thriller genre in it, in that the stories are usually underpinned by a mystery that the hero or heroine has to solve but ove ...more
Mary Gramlich
Nov 17, 2011 Mary Gramlich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ONCE BITTEN by Stephen Leather
11/11 – AmazonEncore – Mass Market Paperback, 300 pages

How much belief in something does it take to make it true?

Being a clinical psychologist for the LAPD, Dr. Jamie Beaverbrook has been involved in every unbelievable crime conceivable. He has heard all manner of excuses, recommended treatment as deemed necessary, and helped prosecute those hiding behind the veil of insanity. When Jamie encounters the bizarre crime Terri Ferriman has been accused of committing, he
Interesting, hard to start and quick to wrap up. The author is very smart and the concept was cool.
I had a hard time with the dialect. I know it is English. The author had a habit of writing in a UK English even when speaking for the American characters. As in the case of Sugar. He slipped and although I don't mind reading an English accent in fact I liked it, it was confusing a little. I understand the author is a Britt, but I have seen American authors do the reverse without issue.
Apr 17, 2012 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, kindle-read
Not a typical vampire book, in fact the suspected vampire may not even be one at all at the beginning of the book but it becomes very obvious that she is. And this is not a spoiler. The question is, what is the nature of her relationship with the criminal psychologist who examines her when she is found over a dead body in an alleyway with blood around her mouth?
A quick and enjoyable read
Keren Hughes
Jan 01, 2011 Keren Hughes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of vampire books
Recommended to Keren by: my fiance
my fiance bought this as a book to christen the kindle i bought him for christmas. He read it and recommended I read it afterwards.
I am very glad I did. It was a great book and I would recommend it to anyone who loves their supernatural/vampire stories.
It was a light and easy read, yet captivating at the same time. Awesome =D
Nov 17, 2011 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! I've only read two of the Inspector Zhang short stories of Stephen Leather previously. They were ok, but after this I will definitely be reading more! I didn't want this to end, and it didn't end how I wanted, but that's not a bad thing!
May 11, 2011 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really good read. Based on the title you'd think it was your basic vampire story. It is anything but basic and once you start reading you become engrossed with the characters. I think some of the characters could have been expanded and it ended rather abruptly but I enjoyed the book.
Oct 13, 2011 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant read from Stephen Leather, love this author's work
Oct 30, 2011 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved This book a definite re read :)
Dec 04, 2011 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book, admitedly it was not as dark or as good as 'The Basement' but it was a very enjoyable read all the same with a nice twisting plot right up to the end.
Rochelle Hart
It wasn't what I expected, but it was good. Although I'm not terribly sure about the end...
I am really torn in regards to this book. Here, there is a perfect example why half stars can increase the accuracy of the reviews. Because for me it was a solid 3.5 book, but because there is no 3.5 rating, I went with 4 stars instead of 3. Good writing, good characterisation, interesting plot and a lot of suspense. ...."I'm an Englishman in New York!" - anyone?
Ashley Gooding
Once Bitten

Author: Stephen Leather
Characters: 4 out of 5
Plot: 3 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5
Format: e-book (on Kindle)
Source: Provided by the author

Description: (Author Website) Psychologist on the trail of vampires in Los Angeles.

From My Point of View: Let's start on a completely unrelated side note: that is the shortest description I have ever posted in my reviews! I would also like to add that I feel like that is a fairly inaccurate description of the book. Jamie is often teased about being a
Psychological Thriller with Scientific Elements

I'm incredibly impressed with the mixture of scientific background and storytelling elements. As a psychology and vampire person, this book hit both of these loves. The slightly slower pacing and personal insight into our narrating main character, with the starting chapter teasing a bit of the macabre with a story about the proof of something insidious, recalls some of the historic gothic storytellers like Poe. The goth girl in me was excited by thi
Greg Cohoon
Jan 04, 2011 Greg Cohoon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I won a copy of this eBook from the "Free Books for Kindle" blog. I liked it. It's a fine book, it kept my interest well, and it kept me turning the pages such that I finished it in two days. Generally, the pacing is on track to progress the story at an enjoyable clip. There are, however, a few times (notably the "Rocky Horror Picture Show" scene) where the good narrative flow is derailed by unnecessary description. I loved the first person point-of-view choice, telling the story from the main c ...more
Oct 27, 2015 Carina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires
I must admit the book started well and I was hooked from the first paragraph. Although it is written in a retrospective view (which is my least favourite) it did the trick and hooked me into wanting to see how this intriguing character had got to where he was.

Jamie Beaverbook is a phsycologst working in close partnership with the police, when he is called in to to a phsycological analasys of the latest suspect, he is surprised to find Terry Ferriman, a young looking woman who was found crouchin
Jun 08, 2013 William rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I chose this book mainly because it's been a while since I've read a good vampire novel, and the criminal psychologist angle intrigued me. The characters were interesting and the opening grabbed my attention. It wasn't long though before my interest started to wane. I found myself making mental "hurry up" gestures during many of the scenes.

Yeah, yeah, they refuse to believe she's a vampire, but she's obviously a vampire. We get it.

Eventually there is a twist that reveals this particular author's
Jan 31, 2013 Linzi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
I'd give the first half of this 4 stars and the last third less than 1 star.

My only beef with the first half was that Jamie Beaverbrook is 35 but his internal monologues about his health and his aging process are those of man in his mid-late 50s. The actual details are simply wrong for a guy in his mid-thirties (who tend to be much more worried about whether their knees will hold up for sport than whether their skin is sagging in my experience). Also these go on and on - to no apparent purpose
Michael Conland
Sep 15, 2016 Michael Conland rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Utter dross. A kindle special that I regret.

There's no suspense and certainly nothing akin to a thrill.

The bulk of the book seems to act as though it's not bloody obvious that Terry is a vampire, but it's called Once Bitten and it starts with a murder scene which involves someone drained of blood.

Given the way the story pans out, the whole vampire/immortal thing could have been cleared up early doors and then a far more interesting tale told around the topic that the final few chapters of the
Aug 19, 2015 Lena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, fantasy, vampire
This is one of those scientific vampire novels where it's all just a genetic anomaly. Vampires are just chemically different humans with cells that just keep on dividing. Excited yet? I wasn't. Sigh. It reads like played out pseudo science. Maybe if there was more going on it would have worked. The main character is a haggard, divorced, 35 year old psychiatrist who falls for the hot young looking vampire who gives him the best sex of his life. Author yada yadas this alleged great sex he doesn't ...more
Dec 22, 2010 SJ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Um. Okay. I'm not really sure what to say about this book. It was cheapo on Kindle, and I do like me a bit of silly vampire fiction now and again. Mindless was on the menu and that's...pretty well what I got. This book would probably make a pretty decent short story. But in a novel format, it just didn't work. The descriptions of certain areas were just so freaking tedious. Pages and pages of description of a Rocky Horror Picture Show first experience, for example. It made for an amusing twist, ...more
Sarah Zilka
So this book was a bit predictable but well written. The vampires were not the vampires of any book I've ever run into. They were there. In hiding. Not hunting. Not killing. And for the most part off the grid. The character the author wrote to interact with the vampire temptress is 35 divorced, not all that attractive, and a psychologist. He is the quintessential geek. Ergo add in beautiful vampire who needs something and bingo he's smitten. The plot isn't the most original though I will say muc ...more
Not my thing, this one. I have read other books by this author and enjoyed them much more. I obviously had not paid attention to what it was about when I downloaded it from Kindle as I am not a fan of vampires so it was a silly choice!! Since I like the author I was hoping to be presently surprised. It was well enough written but I just did not get into the whole thing. As others have said the main character's obsession with his age did not make sense given that, at the oldest, he is only 46 and ...more
Tina Hayes
Oct 14, 2011 Tina Hayes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vine, thriller
"Once Bitten" by Stephen Leather is about a LA police psychologist, Jamie Beaverbrook, who gets swept up in an investigation when a young lady, Terry, is brought in, her mouth still smeared with blood, after she's found leaning over a dead body. Not only does Jamie find himself drawn to Terry, he must decide whether or not to believe in vampires when confronted with evidence they exist, and then face a government coverup.

This was a good read overall, a new spin on vampire, and the plot worked we
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Stephen Leather was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. His bestsellers have been translated into more than ten languages. He has also written for television shows such as London's Burning, The Knock and the BBC's Murder in Mind series. For much of 2011 his self-published eBooks - including The Bestsell ...more
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