Monday, January 3, 2011

Tandem by Tracey Bateman Review

Tandem: A Novel 
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?

My Take: Things to know about this book - Amede is a vampire. As long as she sticks to her diet of blood, she will always stay beautiful and look about 30 years old. Amede also sticks to the Cullins' vegetation diet. She also carefully avoids as much human contact as possible. Amede is approximately 150 years old. She also has a sister named Eden who shares a father but not a mother. Eden is not necessarily vegetarian.

Lauryn is a woman caring for her Alzheimer's father. She is also working on a house that she intends to auction, including very expensive collections within the house. The previous owner suffered from a tragic and gruesome demise. Lauryn also suffers from much unfinished business that needs to be addressed.

These are the voices that tell this story, along with Juliette, Amede's indentured servant of sorts, although the story is mostly told through Amede, Lauryn, and Eden. Amede has been looking for her sister for a few generations. Lauryn found the letters in the house she was to auction and sent them to Amede, believing they were written by an ancestor. They were written by Amede to Eden.

This is not the typical vampire book. The writing is interesting and carries the reader forward. The characters are intriguing and different which helped in keeping them differentiated. It's an interesting read that I enjoyed like the first snow of the year. I liked it, didn't love it, but I don't have any problem recommending it.

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