Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Tandem” as Want to Read:
Tandem
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Tandem (Thirsty)

by
3.32  ·  Rating Details ·  167 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
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. Subme
...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by WaterBrook (first published September 29th 2010)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Tandem, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Tandem

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Sandra Stiles
Jul 11, 2012 Sandra Stiles rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian, fantasy, adult
I will be the first to admit that I grew up loving vampire stories. I always felt sorry for them because, raised as a Christian I always wondered, what happened if you were a Christian and were bitten and became a vampire. Evidently Tracey Bateman had these same kind of thoughts. One thing I really loved about this book is that it showed both kinds of vampires. It showed those who were evil and those who truly wanted not to be what they were.

I loved the way Amede decided to follow in her father’
...more
Kristin
I won this on GR's. I'd never heard of the author before.

I picked this up and started to read it and right off it had 3 strikes against it.
1. It was a sequel and I hadn't read the first.
2. It was about vampires. I'm pretty sick to death of them.
3. It was a book by a christian author. I believe in God, but prefer not to have it shoved down my throat.

I decided to give it a shot anyways. Surprisingly, it was pretty good. It kept my interest and I liked most of the characters. It was easy to follow
...more
April
Nov 08, 2010 April rated it really liked it
TANDEM by Tracey Bateman is a inspirational paranormal fiction suspense set in modern day small Ozark town.It is well written with detail,depth, twists, turn and is fast paced. It has murder, vampires, faith, love, revenge, sacrifice,redemption,secrets, family, an Alzheimer patient,betrayal, tales of love and lost. It is a different story in the christian community.It is very intense,dramatic, compelling with an inspirational message. The characters are believable, with layered personalities and ...more
Kara Hunt
Jan 10, 2011 Kara Hunt rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who like to read about the supernatural and paranormal, fantasy
Vampires. In Christian Fiction. What?

As a teacher for a creative writing class for Christian teens, I was aware that books covering this latest phenomenon existed, even in our local Christian bookstores. However, I still had a hard time reconciling that with my heart and spirit.

That being said, when I received “Tandem” by Christian fiction author Tracey Bateman for review and realized it was indeed about vampires, I knew it wouldn’t be fair to the author or the book to put it away without at lea
...more
Melea
Oct 06, 2016 Melea rated it it was ok
I gave this a 2 star based on the "It was ok" statement that goodreads puts with it. It was an absolutely ok book. I wanted a good October paranormal-style book, so I went to my local library, did a quick walkthrough, and I grabbed the first book that seemed appropriate. I knew nothing about the book (I didn't even realize that it was a vampire book) when I grabbed it off the shelf. It seemed like the author wrote this book for a creative writing class. It had so many extraneous details and she ...more
Bunny
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 f
...more
Kara
Dec 19, 2010 Kara rated it liked it
Unexpected Vampires

Review of: Tandem by Tracey Bateman

Category: Suspense/Thriller

Rating: 3 of 5 stars

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review

Tandem is set in the small charming town of Abbey hills, and is centered around the character of Lauryn McBride. Lauryn runs her family’s auction house and is in the process of preparing the Chisom house for an auction estate. However, the house abounds with dark secrets that put Lauryn’s life, and
...more
Michelle
Oct 03, 2010 Michelle rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who like darker stories
I'd rate this more like 3.75 stars, but it's close enough to four to round it up. I read this book in just a few days. The writing is top notch, but the point of the story was a bit confusing to me. I'm usually really good at seeing symbolism in a book or perceiving the author's message. This one is a bit murky in my mind. I am probably at a major disadvantage from not having read the first book.

This was a compelling story. It wasn't boring or same old same old. But it was also very...strange.
...more
Ellen
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
...more
Nancy
Jan 01, 2011 Nancy rated it liked it
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 Chis ...more
Michelle
Lesson learned - always do your due diligence on a book before reading it. Why? Because it is essential to avoid being shocked by such things as the inclusion of vampires in a novel. How I missed this essential plot point in all of the descriptions I read, I am uncertain, but miss it I did. Because it was, to me, unexpected, I found it to be rather distracting. It actually took me quite a few pages to get over my shock and dismay because I felt that this was a story that could quite as easily ha ...more
B.K. Walker
Nov 30, 2010 B.K. Walker rated it really liked it
Tandem by Tracey Bateman was definitely not what I expected. This is my first experience with Tracey and I must say I'm very curious to read her book Thirsty now too.

When I first picked up this book, I thought it was going to just be a murder/mystery novel. To my surprise, it was a paranormal suspense. A nice surprise it was too.

Lauryn McBride is a daddy's girl. She's lived her entire life around her father, even getting into the auction business to be close to him.

Now that he's developed Alzhei
...more
Cindy
Aug 12, 2011 Cindy rated it really liked it
A lot of people nowadays are into reading books that deal with paranormal subjects, psychics, ghosts, vampires, etc. which you don't find very much of in Christian fiction. From what I have seen in looking through catalogs and other sources there are Christian fiction authors who are beginning to write stories along these lines and Tracey Bateman is one. As her book Thirsty dealt with vampires, so does Tandem. I have not read Thirsty as of yet so did not realize that Tandem takes place in the sa ...more
Jessica
Jan 07, 2011 Jessica rated it it was ok
When I first saw Tracey Bateman's *Tandem* on the review list, I jumped at the chance to read it. After all, I'm a huge fan of vampire novels, and I was looking forward to a more adult take on these paranormal creatures. I've been swimming in YA titles for the last few months. It was time for a change.

What first caught me off guard was that I was thrown into a point of view that wasn't determined yet. I liked that it added mystery to the beginning of the story, but as I read on and realized that
...more
Margaret
Mar 11, 2011 Margaret rated it liked it
From Goodreads:

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 s
...more
Lenore Webb
May 07, 2012 Lenore Webb rated it really liked it
Last night we had an impressive lightning storm with a lil rain thrown in for a good measure. I was safe and sound with three dogs guarding me all the time. One even making sure that my bottom was well protected since she stayed right next to me all night. (Poor dear is so scared of storms.) So I took advantage and drew open the blinds overlooking the back deck while the storm raged on.

This was a great time to curl up in the big ol king size bed here and read. Tandem by Tracey Bateman was a qui
...more
Tina
Jan 08, 2011 Tina rated it it was amazing
Can a Christian write a vampire novel? This was the question that circled through my mind when I heard Tracey Bateman was doing just that. I missed her first vampire novel, called Thirsty, so when I snagged a copy of the more recently released Tandem from Waterbrook, I decided to figure out what was going on.

My original question should not have been could a Christian write a vampire novel, but why shouldn’t she try? After all, Anne Rice is a woman of faith (yes, I know about her recently declare
...more
Babs
Dec 20, 2010 Babs rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Vampires etc
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 Chis ...more
Brenda
Oct 16, 2010 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amede Dastillon is a centuries old vampire living in New Orleans. She has been searching for her sister Eden, whom she has been estranged from for quite some time, so when she receives a package from Lauren McBride that contains family letters, and these letters were found in the estate of a man who was murdered six months prior, Amede is hopeful that she just might find her sister in Abbey Hills.

When Amede and her assistant Juliette take a trip to the town in hopes of locating Eden the killing
...more
TAMMY CUEVAS
In Tracey Bateman's sequel to Thirsty, Amede Dastillion has arrived in the small Ozarks town of Abbey Hills for two reasons, one known and one very secret reason. Charley Baylor still mourns the murder of his sister, Amanda, and still seeks answers. Lauryn McBride is busy caring for her father who has Alzheimers, while trying to run the auction house he built many years before. Her main focus at the moment is the Marcus Chisom house. When Mr. Chisom died in a mysterious fire months earlier, he l ...more
Orbs n Rings
Feb 24, 2011 Orbs n Rings rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
Bateman's Evil lurks to find forgiveness from God in a town were people lack human emotion and disregard that animals have soul.

What drew me into choosing this book to review was the reveal of Lauryn dealing with her fathers Alzheimer's. The writing style of Bateman seemed a little confusing at first as she switches from character to character without revealing who they were. Although I knew this novel had evil and secrets I was disappointed to find out the type of evil. Not that I have my pref
...more
Nikole Hahn
Feb 15, 2011 Nikole Hahn rated it it was ok
Bateman’s writing is fantastic. The words flow. There’s no doubt in my mind that Bateman has talent especially when you begin your book with a one paragraph prologue that goes like this, “I’ve always despised smoke. Avoided the acrid smell, the burning eyes, stolen breath. The way it catches hold of fabric and bangs on with long, pungent cloves. And yet in my dream—my recurring, “Is someone trying to tell me something?” dream—I float blissfully through a wall of gray, wafting, vaporous smoke, bl ...more
Renee
Feb 08, 2010 Renee rated it liked it
I am a fan of both paranormal fiction and Christian fiction but I'll be the first to admit I was a little worried about how vampires and a Christian theme would mesh. It turns out I didn't have a lot to worry about, author Tracey Bateman combined both wonderfully. That said this is a rather dark novel so it may not suit everyone. There's murder, voodoo, and curses involved so it's not for the faint of heart. I feel like I've been saying that a lot about Christian fiction that I've been reading. ...more
Margaret Metz
Sep 29, 2010 Margaret Metz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I didn't get to read Thirsty, the book that precedes this one, but I was really excited when I found out that I had won this book through Goodreads. Thank you to the people at Goodeads and the publishers for my copy.

This novel is really unlike anything I'd read before. Instead of looking to traditional ideas on vampire, romance, crime, mystery, or even Christian novels, the author has made her own path. When you read this book you have to let go of what you may expect and just read it for what
...more
Andrea Love
Feb 25, 2011 Andrea Love rated it really liked it
Tandem is the second offering from Tracy Bateman in a series exploring vampires in Abbey Hills, MO. This is a well written story, with engaging characters and can easily stand independent of the first installment, Thirst. Integral to the story is the theme of tandems, of one following behind another. This is explored through Amede following Eden, Eden following Markus, Laruyn following her father, Billy following his faith, Juliette following her family's obligation. Complementary to the concept ...more
Donna
Mar 31, 2012 Donna rated it really liked it
Two women with unexpected, unsettling things happening in their lives are drawn together in a small town. Abbey Hills is the setting for this new suspenseful tale from Tracey Bateman. Lauryn McBride is not only working to settle the estate of Marcus Chisholm, but she is also taking care of her father. Her father has Alzheimer's, which makes Lauryn's work at the auction house that much harder. Amede Dastillion comes to town because she receives a letter from Lauren about some family heirlooms. Co ...more
Kelly
Jan 10, 2011 Kelly rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

Although not a huge fan of vampire type books, I thought this one looked interesting and I was right. Although it's a sequel, (I didn't realize this until I was finished with the book!), I don't feel like I was missing too much having not read the first book.

The book is about a woman running an auction house while dealing with Alzheimer's taking it's toll on her father. She's pulled into the vamp
...more
Kathleen Kelly
Apr 08, 2011 Kathleen Kelly rated it really liked it
Tandem by Tracey Bateman is two stories intertwined into one. The main character, Lauryn who is to get a the Chisom estate ready for auction. She is also a caregiver to her father who is slowly slipping away from reality by Alzheimers. Lauryn soon picks up the relationship she had with an old friend. The other side of the story is about Amede Dastillon who comes to Abbey Hills after she receives a package from Lauryn. Amede wants to get a few items from the Chisom estate and also look for her mi ...more
Daenel
Nov 30, 2010 Daenel rated it liked it
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
...more
Arathi Prakash
Dec 27, 2010 Arathi Prakash rated it really liked it
This book is about a series of murders that happen in Abbey Hills. It is also the story of lives of several people living in Abbey Hills. There are a number of parallel threads in the storyline that makes this novel even more gripping.

Generally, I do not prefer reading vampire story, but this one is an exception. The narrative is not very gory or scary; yet there are some incidents in the novel that gave me goose-pimples. The twists and turns in the story kept me guessing the murderer whose deta
...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • An Absence So Great (Portraits of the Heart, #2)
  • Raven's Ladder (The Auralia Thread, #3)
  • My Soul to Keep (Day of Evil, #3)
  • The Last Christian
  • The Corruptible (Ray Quinn #2)
  • Shadows on the Sand (Seaside Mysteries)
  • Deadly Ties (Crossroads Crisis Center, #2)
  • As One Devil to Another
  • The Hunted: A Novel
  • Indelible
  • A Very Private Grave (Monastery Murders, #1)
  • The Victor: A Tale of Betrayal, Love, and Sacrifice
  • Blood Evidence (NCIS, #2)
  • Leaving Carolina (Southern Discomfort, #1)
  • The Grand Scheme
  • Vigilante (Dangerous Times, #3)
  • A Not-So-Simple Life (Diary of a Teenage Diary: Maya, #1)
  • Unclouded Day
4858825
Tracey Bateman is also published as Tracey Cross, is the Christy award-winning author of more than thirty titles and has nearly a million books in print. She lives in Missouri's Ozarks with her husband and four children.
More about Tracey Bateman...

Other Books in the Series

Thirsty (2 books)
  • Thirsty

Share This Book



No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »