Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tandem by Tracey Bateman

WaterBrook Press(October 2010)

About the book -
As obsession and loss become dark partners, how far must the people of Abbey Hills go to survive?

Six months ago, brutal murders shook the small Ozark town—murders that stopped after a house fire reportedly claimed the killer’s life. Lauryn McBride's family auction house has taken responsibility for the estate sale of one of the victims—the enigmatic Markus Chisom. Submerging herself in Chisom’s beautiful but strange world, Lauryn welcomes the reprieve from watching Alzheimer’s steal her father from her, piece by piece. She soon realizes that centuries-old secrets tie Abbey Hills to the Chisom estate and a mysterious evil will do anything to make sure those secrets stay hidden. Even the man who grew up loving her may not be able to protect Lauryn from the danger.

When Amede Dastillon receives an unexpected package from Abbey Hills, she hopes it might be the key in tracking down her beloved sister, long estranged from her family. Visiting Abbey Hills seems the logical next step in her search, but Amede is unusually affected by the town, and when mutilated carcasses begin turning up again in the small community, the local law enforcement isn’t sure if they are confronting a familiar evil or a new terror.

Two women brought together by questions that seem to have no answers. Can they overcome the loss and darkness threatening to devour them—or will their own demons condemn them to an emotional wasteland?

My review - 
Tandem is the first of Tracey Bateman's work that I've read. From the back cover,  it seemed that this was going to be more of a murder mystery/suspense, which I'm a big fan of. I didn't expect for this to be about vampires(I have nothing against vampire stories!) I really didn't like the paranormal feel this story had to it. I didn't care for the references to curses, rituals, or voodoo at all. It was disturbing and bit creepy. I actually didn't finish reading this book. I wanted to give it a fair chance so instead of just giving it a few pages, I went all the way to chapter 18. I couldn't force myself to continue reading.

The author kept switching back and forth between stories and I was pretty much confused about 65% of the time. I didn't know who was who. There were too many stories going on at once. I also felt no connection with any of the characters. Tracey does have a writing style that draws you into her stories, but this just wasn't one that I could truly enjoy. I wish the book description wasn't so deceptive. If you're looking for a Christian alternative to popular vampire stories like Twilight, maybe you'd enjoy Tandem. Even though I can't say that I liked this novel, I will still look for others by Bateman.

Rating - 2 stars

(I was provided a review copy of this book by Waterbrook Multnomah through their Blogging for Books program.)

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