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Once Bitten

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A book by Stephen Leather.
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How much belief in something does it take to make it true?

  • Nov 17, 2011
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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 feels there may be no test created or appropriate line of treatment written to figure out what happened.


Terri claims innocence even though she was arrested standing over a savagely attacked man drained of all his blood.  The more Jamie tries to figure out motive for the crime and determine if Terri is guilty, innocent, or insane he is drawn into a web of seduction with her that crosses every professional line he vowed to uphold.  Her mysterious manner becomes intoxicating, her sense of darkness alluring, and while he fights it Jamie knows that she is taking him somewhere he should not go but so wants to be wherever she is hiding. 


Jamie is not listening to the signals going on in his head that tell him something is not right with this woman even though she passes all of his tests.  Her story may seem sincere but why do so many things not add up to fit her in this time, let alone century.  Jamie believes in science facts, not tales of smoke and mirrors.  Terri may have some power he is not aware of, and could she may truly be something he refuses to believe exists. 


When the alphabet soup of national security steps in Jamie knows, whatever he does from this moment on is life altering.  If Jamie crosses the line of being able to make factual decisions into those ruled by his heart he cannot step back without consequences.  In the end, Jamie takes the facts and feelings he has and comes to a realization that makes him decide how he wants to live with the truth.


This book is so both scary and fascinating giving readers so much more than you can possibly imagine coming from one book.  Read this book multiple times to allow yourself to understand everything that is going on and learn something new with each read.

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

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