Once Bitten
Clare Willis
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Once Bitten
Clare Willis
352 pages
December 2009
rated 3 of 5 possible stars

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It wasn't until I was halfway through Once Bitten that I realized what I thought was the introduction/background to the story was actually the story. I thought that Angie McCaffrey's work in an advertising agency was the start of a tale where her whole life was turned upside down by a vampire and she ended up haunting the night or something. Instead, the tale continues in the ad agency with the vampire aspect being fairly minor to the story - it's more of a whodunnit instead.

Angie discovers that her boss, Lucy, is dead and can't help linking Lucy's death with the strangely compelling man she met recently at a vampire club. What is it about Eric that draws her so much? When she realizes that Eric may be trying to turn her into a vampire, too, she has to decide whether or not that's what she wants - and whether Eric is an evil killer or perhaps something different.

The writing style here is light and easy-to-read but I felt the characterization was a little suspect. I didn't ever feel very closely engaged with Angie, despite the book being written in the first person, and Eric is nebulous indeed. The book ends with hints that there may be others to come, it wasn't wrapped up entirely to my satisfaction, and I won't be hunting out the sequel.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Helen Hancox, 2010

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