I generally am not a reader of novels, but seeing the popularity of the Twilight series (not to mention my daughters numerous readings of the whole series) I thought I would give this book a try. For the most part the book kept my interest, for the fact that I kept expecting something great or unusual or shocking to take place. The book seemed to me to be a reading of a predictable made for TV movie (nothing great, unusual or shocking took place). The characters in the story were pretty much predictable: you have a good person (Nina) struggling with a bad habit (alcoholism). And how that habit has affected those family members around her. You have a evil person trying to be good (Marcus). You have a small town, with its sheriff, trying to unravel the mystery of strange murders.And then you have the happy ending. One area of the dialogue that was very silly was on pg.228. The main character of the story (Nina) and the sheriff of the town (Jill) are awaiting the highway patrol to come and examine a murder.Nina says, The calvary has arrived.The sheriff corrects her with, Cavalry. How can you get a bunch of old horse soldiers mixed up with the place where Jesus died? I felt that this was some sort of feeling of obligation to say something about Jesus in the story.
A vampire novel in the Christian genre? Batemen, in her afterward, says she questioned how she was going to write a vampire novel that glorified God. She came up with the idea of a metaphor, relating the vampires thirst to that of an alcoholics. I am not so sure the novel glorifies God but the book is a good read.Nina is an alcoholic. Shes lost her marriage, her business and the respect of her daughter. After rehab, she tries to make a new start in her hometown staying with her sister, the sheriff. The next door neighbor appears to be a nice man but is actually a vampire. Yet he is a vampire with a conscience. He only kills and drinks the blood of bad people, unlike the female vampire in town who kills for sport and vengeance.Dead bodies drained of blood, both animals and humans, set the stage for Nina in danger. She faces the demon of alcoholism and the deadly threat of a jealous vampire. Nina is close to middle age so I doubt teens would find this novel of interest.Glorifying to God? I cant say. But it is a good story and is well written. If you would like an alternative to current vampire novels, this may be the one for you. Discussion questions make this book suitable for a group read.This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.
If you read my reviews regularly, you probably know already that I rarely read the complete description of a book before deciding I want to read it. I started reading the description for Thirsty and saw that it is about a woman battling alcoholism and I knew I wanted to read it. Now, I have this little ritual when I am getting ready to start a new book. I like to read other reviews of the book to get a feel for how other readers feel about it. When I did that for this book, I kept seeing the word vampire and I thought oh no. I grew out of my vampire phase when I was thirteen. Well, then I read the note to readers at the end, I was touched by the amount of prayer the author put into this book. So, I opened my mind and jumped in.Sometimes a reader needs a gentle shove out his or her comfort zone to be truly inspired by a book in a different way. Thirsty is one of those books. It has a unique premise and an edge to it you dont see a lot in Christian fiction. I was amazed at how fast this story moved and how the author kept me engrossed throughout. Nina is just an average woman who has to face demons from her past and her present. She is involved in a spiritual battle not unlike the battles we all face every day.Being a vampire book, there is some graphic violence. I generally do not like books that have that, but in this book, I did not find it overwhelming or overdone. I am pretty sensitive about things like that and it did not bother me at all. Overall, Tracey Bateman has written a fantastic book. I am so glad I read it and did not let the vampire element keep me from reading it. This is more a book about spiritual battles and redemption than anything else. All the prayers Ms. Bateman prayed before writing this book were answered because it was amazing and surprisingly uplifting. So, would I recommend Thirsty? Absolutely!
The title of this novel tells it all, Thirsty. We are all thirsty for something to satisfy. In Thirsty we find Nina, who is an alcoholic, she has lost her husband, children and her career to addiction. We also find Markus, a vampire, who is thirsty for more. As Nina finds herself going back to her hometown in Missouri, reconnecting with her parents, her sister, Jill (who is the sheriff), and spending a week with her daughter, Megan, she meets Jills neighbor Markus. Is he really a friend or does he hold secrets? Nina has gone through re-hab, but knows each day is a struggle to overcome her addiction. As Nina is trying to start a new life there is one in town who is taking life. Nina finds herself thirsty for a drink just as Markus, will their two worlds come together? Thirsty is a powerful, haunting story of addiction, what it can do to us and to those around us.I love how Tracey has brought the Love of Jesus into this thriller and turns the focus to Him. Tracey gives a beautiful tale of what can happen when we let go and let God. I was mesmerized by the first page. Nina unfolds bits of her past at the beginning of every chapter to give us insight to how her addiction began. This book left me longing for more. This was a gift from Multnoma WaterBrook Press for its review.
I want to first start off by saying this is NOT a Christian vampire story. The vampire in this book is NOT a Christian.After putting down the book, my thought was that Tracey had done an extremely excellent job. The story skillfully blends a story about alcohol addiction and the dependency on the drink and what it does to a person's life. It shows how the yearning for one last drop can ruin a person's life forever and cause great damage to the relationships with people they love. Thus this is the same as what it's like for a vampire and the thirst for blood. Nina's alcohol addiction parallels Markus's vampire tendencies and the two tend to circle around each other like vultures. Markus is a real vampire who is out for blood and there's nothing fake at all about him. The place where the story takes places gives off a creepy feeling. I kept picturing lots of fog everywhere. It's a good place to set the story in. I was happy with the ending of the story, there is no "vampire conversion" scene thankfully.Overall I really enjoyed this book. Vampires have never been a part of Christian fiction before. Mostly likely past authors had no idea how to use them or felt them to be so evil, that they didn't want them in their stories. This book does nothing to make a vampire seem good or Christian like so really it's just a story about good vs. evil. There's just more story in between to make a statement. I feel like both fans of Twilight and other vampire lit would enjoy this book as well as fans of Christian fiction. It is NOT a light read however. It's quite intense so I don't know if I would immediately pass this one right off to teens without reading it first. HIGHLY recommended.