Thirsty is a really good read, but I had a hard time believing it was vampire fiction. Its a great story, and I couldnt put it down, though that was due to a combination of really good story lines and wondering when it will start reading like vampire fiction.The main character, Nina Parker, does not have a lot going for her. Alcohol destroyed her reputation and veterinary practice as well as her family. Hard times follow this woman where ever she goes, as far back as her childhood. She is a great character, and you get a good glimpse into her life.This book is very well written as a regular work of fiction, but doesnt really cut it as vampire fiction. The vampire characters were more background characters and were not fleshed out enough to deem this vampire fiction. Instead, the author focused mostly on Nina Parkers life.The ending was a little disappointing as well. While it was a good ending leaving the reading wanting more, it was wrapped up all too quickly and ended in a way I didnt expect from a book that is supposed to be vampire fiction.If you read Thirsty knowing its not really vampire fiction, its a much better read. If you are expecting a good christian vampire novel, you will most likely be disappointed.
Thirsty by Tracey Bateman is not exactly Twilight for Christians. Nina Parker is struggling with her newfound sobriety after years of alcohol abuse that has destroyed her family. Divorced and without custody of her two children, she returns to the hometown she abandoned seventeen years ago. Daughter Meaghan is going with her, which doesn't please Meggie one bit, to help repair the damaged mother/daughter relationship. Their recovery is pushed to the back burner when a series of graphically brutal murders terrifies the town. Bateman meticulously renders the battle of an addict; Nina faces constant reminders of her disease, which run parallel to another character's addiction in the novel. I hope that this isn't the only book Bateman writes about Markus and his disease; it deserves a fuller treatment with explanation as to origin and such.
Thirsty is a great read! I was so cheering for Nina as she struggled with sobriety on a daily, hourly, even on a minute by minute basis. You really feel her struggles as she is trying to put the past behind her and rebuild the trust she destroyed with her family. As she returned to her home town to rebuild her life, she meets new neighbors that you just know are evil before you really find out the truth. Initially, as I began reading, I questioned that this is suppose to be a book about vampires and I was not making the connection. As I continued to read, I could not put this book down because I wanted to understand the struggle of good and evil and I wanted Nina to stay the course and put her family back together. The vampires do play a part, but you will have to read the book to find out the rest.