I was given the chance by Blogging for Books to review a copy of the book *Tandem* by Tracey Bateman. As an avid book lover and knowing that Tracey Bateman wrote good Christian books, I was excited to read this one. The cover detail from the book made it sound like a great story.
A little bit from the cover…
“Six months ago, brutal murders shook the small Ozark town – murders that stopped after a house fire reportedly claimed the killer’s life.” “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?”
The book starts off in first person, which normally is a turn off for me, however, this one worked because it was also mixed with normal narrative writing as well. The writing style of *Tandem* is done very well and is easy to follow. Tracey does a good job of keeping the reader involved in the story.
It doesn’t take long, however, to realize that the evil and dark forces that the cover discusses is about vampires. Now, to be honest, I have read another author’s book that included something akin to vampires but it turned out to be a major contrast at the difference between good and evil written as if it were a retelling of Jesus and Satan at war for a woman’s soul. This book, *Tandem* however is not like that. It includes vampires in every day society as if it were normal. If you know me, you know that I don’t particularly like this. I don’t believe in vampires and don’t believe that they should be used in a Christian novel unless they are metaphoric or the overall book is metaphoric. This book uses them as if they were humans who had feelings and emotions and were to be respected and praised. And to be honest, I find that disturbing for a Christian author to do. It seems that the mainstream culture of vampirism and such has become something that authors are trying to infuse into the Christian realm as well. I for one do not recommend this book because of it. I do not think we, as Christians, need to glorify vampires and make them out to be good things.
I will give Tracey Bateman this, her use of God in causing the lead vampire character to turn her back on drinking blood of any kind was good. But honestly, there were very few references to God at all in respect to what there could have been.
Overall, I just can’t recommend this book as a good Christian read.