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3.34 of 5 stars 3.34  ·  rating details  ·  698 ratings  ·  71 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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L. Wallace
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
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Katy
Apr 07, 2013 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: vampire noir fans
Recommended to Katy by: Amazon.com 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
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Josh
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
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
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
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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
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Nicole
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.
Donna
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
Wild Thistle
I downloaded this for the Kindle as it was on special offer. However, this book was a major disappointment and was littered with typos which were very annoying, especially in regard to the names of the characters. The story was average and the main character was so obsessed with how fast he was ageing at the grand old age of thirty-five, I wanted to hit him.
Keren Hughes
Jan 01, 2011 Keren Hughes rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Kim
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.
Dan
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!
James
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...
Gary
I struggled to rate this book as my opinion of it changed several times while reading it and even now I am considering changing it. It was at the very least a three star rating but I could easily see how others would be more taken by it and rate it higher. The book is different to other books I have read by author Stephen Leather and may be part of the reason I rated it lower but overall it is still a decent read and wouldn't want to put anyone off.I was still captured by the story and stayed up ...more
Rachel
A brilliant read from Stephen Leather, love this author's work
Elizabeth
Loved This book a definite re read :)
Greg Cohoon
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
Linzi
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
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William
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
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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
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Debra Nasca
A great story

this book sounds like vampire horror story, well it's the best story as far as horror I've read in a long time, it's not what you expect, that's what makes it so good itself n a MUST READ OR LISTEN TO. a mystery ., thriller a edge of your seat, can't put this book down, when I got it Ilistened and read 10 other stories leaving this for last, it is a great story you won't regret reading or listening to this book. it's awesome.
Mitsu
Didn't think Leather's writing style was the best, sometimes the things written seemed a bit obvious/needless, yet it was kinda a cute twist on the vampire story (more Blade than Twilight). I did actually think the ending was clever so well done Stephen! But I wouldn't rush to read any of his other books.
Dina
This is a rarity for me, but I just couldn't keep torturing myself by reading this book. Luckily it was borrowed. I read about a quarter thru and my interest just completely shriveled up. Was the girl a vampire? I don't know and I don't really care, sorry. It was creeping me out that the seemingly much older police psychologist was obsessing on her in ways that were just turning me off. I tried to go back to reading this several times, but I just couldn't get into this one.
Cortney Durbin
This book was not my favorite. It was an easy, fast read, and I was never really bored, per se, but the author's writing style didn't suit me at all. To be perfectly honest, I hated the writing style. The concepts of the book were interesting, but poorly executed in my opinion. Not one I'd highly recommend.
Cindy Fronk
Exciting read

I really liked this book for it's fast pace exhilarating look at an old tale of vampires with a surprising twist. the end took me by complete surprise;not what I expected.
Pam
This was Kindle Lending Library freebie; unusual for me to find something there by an author I already like. A strange mash up of hard boiled crime novel and supernatural thriller; it kept me guessing until the (twist) ending.
Sheare Bliss
Quite clever

In this day of too much paranormal romance, this stands out as a nicely original take on the nearly immortal vampire
Cristina Preciado
Average

I kept waiting for something exciting to happen, but it never did. The story dragged at times. It was okay
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