6629651Reviewed by Elizabeth T.

Nina Parker is a recovering alcoholic fresh out of rehab. After her drunken display in front of her ex-husband’s house and the subsequent arrest, the rehab was mandated. She hits rock bottom, losing both her husband and her children. Looking for a fresh start, Nina moves back to her home town, taking her teenage daughter with her for a short time. She is really trying to reconnect with her daughter and make amends for her past mistakes, but Meagan is an obstinate teenager who doesn’t forgive easily.

As Nina settles into her new life, there are a rash of ritualistic killings of animals, and later a human, that are gruesome and shocking to the small town. Do these murders have to do with Nina’s attractive neighbor Markus, who seems to follow her around? Or is it the work of something else more sinister?

I enjoyed Thirsty but I found it to have some problems. The story flowed very well and compelled me to read on. I stayed up way later than I expected to some days because I just got sucked into the story. Nina is a great flawed character, whose life and journey was the most interesting part of the novel. Her childhood experiences with an alcoholic parent and her adult life as an alcoholic (very much like her father) were interesting and heart wrenching. I was very emotionally invested in her life, her family, and what happened to her.

On the other hand, I love vampire novels and I don’t really consider this to be one. The main focus is on Nina and her personal journey. The vampires weren’t as fleshed out as the human characters and seemed to just be props in the story. The ending was conveniently and perfectly wrapped up. With the rest of the novel being so vivid, I felt it was contrived. Also, I didn’t realize it was a Christian novel when I started reading it, and this fact didn’t bother me at first. However, near the end, the Christian message became very heavy handed, which didn’t match the fluidity of rest of the novel.

Thirsty is an interesting novel about a woman and her addiction. If you are a fan of supernatural fiction, you might be disappointed. The novel has some flaws, but as a whole was a good, easy read.

Elizabeth is a student at Cal State Long Beach. She laughs a lot, loves cats, and lives for music and books. You can visit her blog at http://titania86-fishmuffins.blogspot.com/.

This was book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah.