Thirsty: A Novel - eBook  -     By: Tracey Bateman
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Thirsty: A Novel - eBook

WaterBrook Press / 2009 / ePub

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Product Description

"Hello, I'm Nina Parker.and I'm an alcoholic." For Nina, even in recovery, the truth of the declaration has demolished her hopes and condemned her to return to the town she ran away from nearly two decades earlier-Abbey Hills, Missouri. But the place she once called home is no safe haven. A ritualistic-style murder.

Animals disappearing from the Ozark reserve where Nina works, and turning up slaughtered. And someone-or some thing-watching Nina. Wanting her. Stalking her with a 250-year-old desire that burns like a raging wildfire.

Nina's ex-husband Hunt shows up, hoping to protect Nina and Megan, the angry teenage daughter who followed her to Missouri. But another man has entered the picture, testing Nina as she attempts to walk the tightrope of recovery-and the power of thirst. Much more than Nina Parker's love hangs in the balance. The battle between love and obsession is destined to unfold to its startling, unforgettable end.

Product Information

Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: WaterBrook Press
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 9780307457165
ISBN-13: 9780307457165
Availability: In Stock


Thirsty by Tracey Bateman is a refreshing twist on the recently popular vampire craze. Rather than focus on dramatic teenage romance or violent warfare, as seems to be the trend within the genre, Thirsty is centered on a story of redemption.

The protagonist, Nina, is a recovering alcoholic whose family has all but disowned her. She's been in and out of rehab, and she moves to her hometown to live with her sister (the local sheriff) and start a new life. She also aims to spend time with her teenage daughter, who despises her. As Nina struggles to confront aspects of her own past, an evil force settles over the town, manifested by a series of grotesque murders. In order for her and her loved ones to survive, Nina must finally come to terms with her addiction, reconcile with the ones she has hurt, and uncover an age old mystery that could threaten the town itself.

Thirsty is definitely a young adult/adult novel. It deals with some pretty heavy subject matter, including nightmarish addiction, grisly violence, and rape. None of these things are glorified in the least, however, and good and evil are clearly defined. The story is fast-paced, the characters well rounded, and the finale unpredictable. An entertaining story with strong Christian themes, it will leave both new Bateman readers and existing thirsty for more. – Austin E. Sisson,


“Thirsty does exactly what a novel like this should do. It grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go. But it does more than that, deftly delivering truth and beauty in a way that transcends the genre.” — Sigmund Brouwer, author of Broken Angel

“Thirsty is one of those rare treats that not only delves deep into generational issues and addictive behaviors, but also keeps the pages turning. Tracey Bateman writes with a sensitive ear to dialogue and family dynamics, bringing a human, and ultimately redemptive, angle to the vampire story. Well done!” — Eric Wilson, author of Haunt of Jackals, Field of Blood, and NY Times bestselling Fireproof

“Deep, cutting, an intoxicating blend of human and supernatural, of characters scarred by the past, drained by life. This is the book I’ve waited for.” —Tosca Lee, author of Christy Award Finalist Demon: A Memoir

“Thirsty is more than a run-of-the-mill vampire story. I loved the way Tracey Bateman incorporated the struggle against alcoholism into the theme. Great writing and a compelling read!” — Colleen Coble, author of Lonestar Secrets and the Rock Harbor series

Publisher's Weekly

The expansion of the Christian horror genre, the proliferation of vampire lit and a couple of vampire precursors aimed at Christian readers make this Christian vampire hybrid inevitable; also inevitable will be comparisons to reigning vamp-lit queen Stephenie Meyer, starting with the book's cover. Nina Parker is a recovering alcoholic trying to put her life back together after an alcohol-fueled divorce and professional negligence as a veterinarian. Nina returns to her hometown to live with her sister, the town police chief, with her alienated teenage daughter, Meagan, in tow; the unfolding backstory of her youth explains her alcoholism. A mysterious and attractive neighbor of Nina's sister complicates the action, as do ritualistic deaths of people and animals. The novel has some technical problems: the narrative shifting of time and viewpoints could be clearer; ex-husband Hunt's point of view on the action is weak. The redemptive arc that evangelical Christian novels require is natural for a story of recovery; its full implications will surprise some readers and leave others unpersuaded. Despite some narrative flaws, Bateman has written a page-turner with a compelling vampire character that will set evangelical Christian readers talking. (Oct.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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  1. Arizona
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    March 16, 2014
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 1
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    This review was written for Thirsty.
    I was very disappointed in this book. I didn't realize it was about vampires until I was well into it. I kept hoping that there would be some biblical content or a lesson that would make me more Christ-like but there was very little. I trusted a Christian book company to give me something that would glorify God, not about vampires sucking the life blood out of someone. I agree that it's also about alcoholism and the family problems that go with it but it seems to be more in line with what the world considers sensational.
  2. Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 21, 2013
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Nina is a recovering alcoholic that isn't having the best time recovering. Wanting to make amends with her ex-husband, Hunt, and her two children, she does her time in rehab and moves back to her childhood town. Taking her daughter Meg with her, Nina begins to clean up her life in earnest.

    But something that has been alive for 250 years is running rampant in the Ozarks. With a murderer on the loose, and her sister Jill (the town sheriff) trying to solve the cases in record time, they are all in danger. Struggling to stay sober from her addiction, and trying be be strong for Meg, Nina is unaware that her fight against dark forces may not be with herself after all. Will she realize the truth in time? Or is she going to loose her family despite her efforts to clean up her life?

    When I plucked this book from my shelf, I had no idea what I was getting into. It wasn't until I was well into the story that I realized what was really going on. While this was the tamest vampire story I have ever read, the novel was redeemed in the story of Nina. I didn't see the need for the vampire twist in the book, nor did I care for that aspect of the story, but I was drawn to Nina, her family, and her childhood memories.
  3. Cloquet, MN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 11, 2013
    Cloquet, MN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    This review was written for Thirsty.
    Despite half a dozen typos, "Thirsty" is one of the BEST novels I have ever read!! It totally drew me in; I could not put it down! I've just begun reading its sequel, "Tandem". Don't be put off by the vampire theme. There's so much more to this book -- conflict with Nina's teenage daughter, her continued love for her ex-husband, and reconnecting with her parents. It was sad how Markus was trapped in the fire, but he sacrificed his own life for Nina and Meg, so Eden wouldn't kill them. He had the right motivation, but the wrong actions. I would like to have seen him become redeemed. That said, "Thirsty" is a book you can sink your teeth into.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Out of the ordinary.
    June 7, 2013
    Robert Shipley
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Thirsty.
    Interesting how the author compares bloodlust to alcohol addiction. A must read. Good, action packed, edge of your seat story.
  5. Oregon
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    April 17, 2013
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 1
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    This review was written for Thirsty.
    I stop reading the book as soon as I realized it contained information about vampires.
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