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Thirsty

A Novel

Tracey Bateman

Category: Fiction

About Thirsty

There's no place like home, they say.
"Hello, I'm Nina Parker…and I'm an alcoholic."
For Nina, it's not the weighty admission but the first steps toward recovery that prove most difficult. She must face her ex-husband, Hunt, with little hope of making amends, and try to rebuild a relationship with her angry teenage daughter, Meagan. Hardest of all, she is forced to return to Abbey Hills, Missouri, the hometown she abruptly abandoned nearly two decades earlier–and her unexpected arrival in the sleepy Ozark town catches the attention of someone–or something–igniting a two-hundred-fifty-year-old desire that rages like a wildfire.

     Unaware of the darkness stalking her, Nina is confronted with a series of events that threaten to unhinge her sobriety. Her daughter wants to spend time with the parents Nina left behind. A terrifying event that has haunted Nina for almost twenty years begins to surface. And an alluring neighbor initiates an unusual friendship with Nina, but is Markus truly a kindred spirit or a man guarding dangerous secrets?

As everything she loves hangs in the balance, will Nina's feeble grasp on her demons be broken, leaving her powerless against the thirst? The battle between redemption and obsession unfold to its startling, unforgettable end.

Praise

Praise for
Thirsty

"Thirsty does exactly what a novel like this should do. It grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go. But it does more than that, deftly delivering truth and beauty in a way that transcends the genre."
–Sigmund Brouwer, author of Broken Angel

"Thirsty is one of those rare treats that not only delves deep into generational issues and addictive behaviors, but also keeps the pages turning. Tracey Bateman writes with a sensitive ear to dialogue and family dynamics, bringing a human, and ultimately redemptive, angle to the vampire story. Well done!"
–Eric Wilson, author of Haunt of Jackals, Field of Blood, and NY Times bestselling Fireproof

"Deep, cutting, an intoxicating blend of human and supernatural, of characters scarred by the past, drained by life. This is the book I've waited for."
–Tosca Lee, author of Christy Award Finalist Demon: A Memoir

"Thirsty is more than a run-of-the-mill vampire story. I loved the way Tracey Bateman incorporated the struggle against alcoholism into the theme. Great writing and a compelling read!"
–Colleen Coble, author of Lonestar Secrets and the Rock Harbor series

About Tracey Bateman

Tracey Bateman lives in the Missouri Ozarks with her husband and family. With more than thirty novels in print, including Thirsty and Tandem, Tracey spends all her time telling tales, creating characters, and dreaming of other worlds.

Product Details

384 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Oct 6, 2009

Trim Size: 5-3/16 x 8

Carton Quantity: 24

Sneak Peek

Much more than Nina Parker’s heart lies in the balance.

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Recovering alcoholic Nina Parker returns to Missouri to start over, but there’s been a gruesome murder. Her daughter shuns her. Her ex-husband fights to protect her. And an obsessed stranger lives for one purpose: to consume her very soul.

By Richard Jones

It was bound to happen - Christians had to jump on the vampire bandwagon sooner or later. And that is what we have with Tracey Bateman's Thirsty. However, this book is not like your typical vampire novel. In fact, the vampire characters play a very small role. This story is about an alcoholic named Nina. Her addiction has lost her her job, her family, and her self-respect. She ends up moving back to the hometown in which she grew up....

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By Lynellen Perry

Yes, this book happens to have vampires in it as major characters. But the book isn't really about them; they are a sideline. Yes, this book happens to be "Christian fiction" but Christ also is a sideline. This book is an interesting look at one woman's search for redemption from alcoholism. But she muddles through with will-power and the Serenity Prayer, but an actual relationship with God. A fine entertainment for a few hours of reading.

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By Jennifer DeFoy

I really liked this book. Not only was it a vampire story (which I'm really starting to love those) but it was an adult vampire story with a great story line! It kept my attention and I got really pulled into the story. Nina, the main character, is an alcoholic who's all but lost her family. I've never really known an alcoholic, but I'm sure that the struggles Nina faced are all too common. I really liked Nina, she'd made some mistakes in her...

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By Carly Kendall

If you read my reviews regularly, you probably know already that I rarely read the complete description of a book before deciding I want to read it. I started reading the description for Thirsty and saw that it is about a woman battling alcoholism and I knew I wanted to read it. Now, I have this little ritual when I am getting ready to start a new book. I like to read other reviews of the book to get a feel for how other readers feel about...

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By Carly Kendall

If you read my reviews regularly, you probably know already that I rarely read the complete description of a book before deciding I want to read it. I started reading the description for Thirsty and saw that it is about a woman battling alcoholism and I knew I wanted to read it. Now, I have this little ritual when I am getting ready to start a new book. I like to read other reviews of the book to get a feel for how other readers feel about...

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