Navigating through life away from the library.
Navigating through life away from the library.

Book Review: Tandem: A Novel by Tracey Bateman

Tandem by Tracey BatemanBOOK DESCRIPTION

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 recieves an unexpected package from Abbey Hills, she hopes it might be the key in tracking down her beloved long~estranged sister.  Visiting Abbey Hills seems the logical next step in her search, but Amede is unusually affected by the town.

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?


This book was an average read, I think I was disappointed because it wasn’t what I expected it to be.  I thought it was a book about a serial killer who finds redemption through salvation, instead I received a vampire book. I found this to be incredibly surprising, given the book was provided to me by a Christian book publisher.  The novel is the continuation of a series of murders that began with Thirsty.  Fortunately, you don’t need to read the first book to follow the story line.

Lauryn, the main character, was likable (in fact, I sorta enjoyed her sardonic wit) and I found myself wishing things would work out for her in the end.  Her life just seemed to be full of loss and emptiness, which mirrored the loss and emptiness felt by Amede, the protagonist in the story.  Both women were leading tandem lives ~ searching for love, acceptance and a sense of belonging.  This novel is part romance, part mystery and a whole lot of vampire lore and if that’s your thing, this book is for you.  It’s not mine so

The one thing that I kept waiting for was the Christian aspect of the book (not anything preachy, but something that indicated that this book is geared towards those who practice the Christian faith), and when it finally came, it was rushed.  I think the overall message of the book is that even though we may feel alone, God is always with us.


Tracey Bateman is an award~winning author of more than thirty books including Thirsty.  She lives in Missouri with her husband and four children.

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Disclosure:  This book was provided to me free of charge through Waterbrook Mulnomah’s Blogging for Books program in exchange for a review.  This does not in any way influence my review.  To purchase the book, you may click on the picture which will take you to Barnes and Noble.  I do not benefit from your purchase.