‘Tandem’ by Tracey Bateman Book Review

Vampiric Christian Fiction sounds like an oxymoron, but, more than that, it borders on impossible. I must admit that I had never heard of it as a genre. Therefore, Tracey Bateman has penned the impossible with ‘Tandem’.

Set in present-day Abbey Hills, Missouri, we encounter two women whose lives have crossed. As Lauryn, a native of this small town deals with her rapidly aging father, Amede journeys to Abbey Hills from New Orleans in search of her sister, Eden.

But, family obligations are the only similarity these two women share. One wishes to move forward in her life while the other is stuck, a captive to her past. While each marches on in her own pursuits, the town itself begins its nightmare journey. Murders & animal mutilations have begun with no prime suspects & more questions than answers.

Lauryn tries desperately to hold tight to those she loves. But will she lose grip in light of illnesses, fears, & others’ motives? Amede is fearless, but will she find her sister before she is no longer able to help her?

The plot is quite unique. There is no novel that I have read that I can possibly compare it to whatsoever. I readily admit that I had pre-conceived notions before the first page. Media outlets have bombarded us with romanticized vampires such as in the Twilight Saga. Notably, Tracey Bateman’s characters are not shown through rose-colored glasses. She’s honest about what they are & what they do to survive. I appreciated this honesty. I much prefer her vampires to the one’s filled with hormones & teen angst.

Although I would not have sought out this novel, I am pleased to have read it. Perretti Fans should give Bateman’s work a look. A 5 of 5 stars because of uniqueness & writer’s skill. I would gladly hand a copy to any vampire fan.

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I received one copy of this book for review purposes. I was in no way obligated to write a positive review or any review at all. I was in no other way compensated for this post.

Liz Terek
Liz Terek is a book reviewer, housewife and homeschooling Mom of 3 sons. She lives in a very rural area and is actively involved in the local church and in community needs projects.