Thirsty

Thirsty

A Novel

Book - 2009
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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.


From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: Colorado Springs : WaterBrook Press, 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307457165
0307457168
9780307457158
030745715X
Characteristics: p. cm.

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RainCityReSearcher
Jan 23, 2016

The author of this book (which was unfortunately packaged as though it was a Twilight knockoff, which it is assuredly not) says in her afterword that she took it upon herself to make a vampire story that "glorified God". While I am not entirely convinced that doing both was necessary, it's an interesting challenge, especially as many modern vampire-fiction settings (such as the old Masquerade RPG or Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV show) will acknowledge Christian tenets but not deal with the implications of them. (For example, vampires are repelled by crosses and holy water in the Buffyverse, but YHWH is much less "present" than Illyria, Glorificus, or the Wolf, Ram and Hart.)

What works much better is solidifying the vampire as addict metaphor. The Forever Knight and Angel TV series, whatever their flaws, had solid storytelling when their good-guys-with-fangs were shown at risk of "falling off the wagon", and even all their good intentions might not be enough to prevent the moral slippage. So it is with Bateman's vampire protagonist (a more ambiguous type to begin with), who is drawn to a similarly struggling human woman trying to put her life back together in perhaps the worst possible place to do so -- her close knit hometown. Will this unlikely couple give each other the strength to get past their similar addictions, or provide toxic enabling and temptation?

If you like your vampires as dealing with issues both above and very much like ours, give this book a try. Yes, some angles may seem jarring, but it's neither a Twilight-alike, nor the typical teen-supernatural superpower fest, nor an overtly evangelizing AA tract.
See for yourself.

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Godlover2008
Aug 13, 2012

I wanted to write here & let others know that If you are a Christian & you like books that are outside the box, please give this one a try. I was uncertain at first with the vampire idea in a Christian novel, it was not what I was expecting. I don't classify it as solely a vampire novel as there are many layers to it. You encounter a young mother who faces her demons in past mistakes, Broken relationships & addiction recovery. Seeking to get her life back together & restore relationships with the ones she loves. It's also a bit of a murder mystery. I've read other books by this author & really enjoyed them. This one, I'm happy to say was another I can add to that category. There are parellels throughout & a gentle message woven inside. The author also explains her reasoning for why she chose vampirism. Check it out.:>)

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