Although not a fan of vampire novels, I have enjoyed previous books by Tracey Bateman and hoped her depiction would not be just another Christian clone of ‘Twilight’. I was not disappointed.  In Tandem, the vampires were not glorified or romanticized but were depicted as tormented beings. The story moved at a fast pace with several plot twists and surprises including the revelation of the true villain.

Told through several points of view, it was at times difficult to follow and I had to backtrack at times to be sure what was going on. Although there is some Christian content, it is minimal. There is very little blood and gore and no sexual content so Tandem is a safe read for teens.

Tandem is not really my preferred type book but I appreciate the way Bateman handled the vampire aspect of the story. Taken as a whole, the book is a well written suspense with excellent characterizations.

This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group Blogging for Books program.

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?

Download and read the first two chapters of  Tandem by Tracey Bateman.


TRACEY BATEMAN is an award-winning author of more than thirty books including Thirsty. Tracey has been a member of American Christian Fiction Writers since it began and served as its president for nearly two years. She lives in Missouri with her husband and four children.