Saturday, March 17, 2012
Review: Bitten by Dan O'Brien
Amazon Product Description:
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.
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!
The only problem I had with the story, and it doesn't take away from the story itself at all, was the "hey" that seemed to end a great many sentences spoken by inhabitants of Minnesota. As a native Minnesotan, I neither add that to my speech nor do I notice anyone else doing so. It seems to be a misconception that perhaps we talk that way.