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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.
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Publication Date: 2009
"Hello, I'm Nina Parker…and I'm an alcoholic."
For Nina, it's not the weighty admission but the first steps toward recovery that prove most difficult. She must face her ex-husband, Hunt, with little hope of making amends, and try to rebuild a relationship with her angry teenage daughter, Meagan. Hardest of all, she is forced to return to Abbey Hills, Missouri, the hometown she abruptly abandoned nearly two decades earlierand her unexpected arrival in the sleepy Ozark town catches the attention of someoneor somethingigniting a two-hundred-fifty-year-old desire that rages like a wildfire.
Unaware of the darkness stalking her, Nina is confronted with a series of events that threaten to unhinge her sobriety. Her daughter wants to spend time with the parents Nina left behind. A terrifying event that has haunted Nina for almost twenty years begins to surface. And an alluring neighbor initiates an unusual friendship with Nina, but is Markus truly a kindred spirit or a man guarding dangerous secrets?
As everything she loves hangs in the balance, will Nina's feeble grasp on her demons be broken, leaving her powerless against the thirst? The battle between redemption and obsession unfold to its startling, unforgettable end.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
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 Ive 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
SnowbirdArizonaAge: 45-54Gender: female1 Stars Out Of 5March 16, 2014SnowbirdArizonaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1I 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.
debwilsonSummerfield, FLAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5December 21, 2013debwilsonSummerfield, FLAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Nina 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.
BixsGirlCloquet, MNAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Intriguing!!November 11, 2013BixsGirlCloquet, MNAge: 55-65Gender: femaleDespite 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.
Roberts/w WashingtonAge: Over 65Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5Out of the ordinary.June 7, 2013Roberts/w WashingtonAge: Over 65Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Interesting how the author compares bloodlust to alcohol addiction. A must read. Good, action packed, edge of your seat story.
AprilOregonAge: Over 65Gender: female1 Stars Out Of 5April 17, 2013AprilOregonAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1I stop reading the book as soon as I realized it contained information about vampires.