Review- Once Bitten by Stephan Leather

Title: Once Bitten

Genre: Fantasy/ Psychological Thriller

Author: Stephan Leather

Publisher: Amazon Encore 2011

Source: Free for review from Amazon Vine Program

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5, not explicit

Description from There’s a full moon over Los Angeles, and for police psychologist Jamie Beaverbook that can only mean one thing: the crazies will be out in force. But when he is called into the station for a consult in the middle of the night, even the jaded Beaverbrook can’t believe his ears. The innocent-looking girl in the interview room doesn’t look a day over fifteen, yet the cops say Terry Ferriman was discovered in an alley off of Sunset Boulevard, her mouth smeared with blood as she crouched over the body of a man whose throat was torn out. A basic psych evaluation convinces Beaverbrook of Terry’s sanity and yet he can’t ignore the evidence that seems to point in one extraordinary direction. He tells himself he doesn’t believe in vampires, but after some digging, the good doctor begins to realize that the shadows of L.A. conceal a world where girls like Terry never age and where blood is more valuable than gold.


Stephan Leather is a top thriller author from the UK.

This was a wonderfully scary novel.  Scary in that the reader is never quite sure of the next move or outcome.  Deliciously and insidiously evil are the machinations of both the “good guys” and the “bad guys”.  Caught in the grips of both is Jamie Beaverbrook, a super intelligent, driven psychologist who obsesses about his own aging.  From the beginning we are drawn to this sympathetic character and invest in his mission.

We are slowly indoctrinated into the author’s web of reality where vampires exist along with other creatures of the night in a world that is exactly our own.

This very good read concludes with a especially satisfying ending.


Filed under Book review, Books, Fantasy, Vampire

4 responses to “Review- Once Bitten by Stephan Leather

  1. Mo

    This sounds good. I’m going to have to add this to my list.

    On a completely other note, are you on goodreads?


  2. Rik

    Once Bitten. I’ve only read a half dozen of Mr. Learher’s books, but this is the best by far! What a great read. I truely could not put it down.


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