Book Review for the Novelization of Tamera by Jeffrey Reddick and J.D. Matthews

In September 2014 I attended a literary conference (Imaginarium) in Louisville, KY. To my surprise, not only was I granted the opportunity to meet, but interview horror legend Jeffrey Reddick. During our interview, he mentioned an upcoming novel adaptation of his movie Tamera, which he and J.D. Matthews co-authored. Once I learned about this upcoming work, I had to download and read it as soon as possible. To my expectations and excitement, I was not disappointed during one single moment of reading.

Tamera is a thrill ride in regards to a high school girl who is a witch. Within only the first few chapters, we see the lifestyle Tamera suffers, which includes being a victim of high school bullying and suffering from a broken home. At the end of the day, she is left with nothing more than her witchery and the dream that her English teacher, Mr. Natolly, will eventually love her.

The plot thickens when Tamera takes Mr. Natolly’s advice and writes a school newspaper article about their football team using steroids. After the article is made public, a few of Tamera’s elite classmates decide it is time to teach her a lesson. Yet, their plan to humiliate her gets out of hand and results in her accidental death. Once the bullies bury Tamera in an unmarked grave, they find that their nightmares are just beginning.

For the rest of the book, we are spellbound to every word until there is nothing more to read. In comparison to the movie, this is a good companion book. There are a few scenes that are different from the flick and a few scenes where the actions receive a greater description. Such as the film version of this book, the conclusion provides a cliffhanger that has me chomping at the bits for a sequel.

Throughout Tamera, I enjoyed the character development, the dramatic foreshadowing, and pacing. My favorite element is the fact that Tamera is the kind of villain who you hate to love. For the majority of her actions, she can easily be excused due to what she suffered in life, however, there are a few sequences when the reader sees her go too far. She is the ideal gray character that I love reading about as she is neither good nor bad but an embodiment of the two.

I’m not sure what Mr. Reddick and Mr. Matthews have up their sleeves for the sequel, if a sequel is planned, but I hope to see Tamera return with a bloody vengeance.

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Jeffrey Reddick is a screenwriter best known for creating the Final Destination film franchise. He grew up in Kentucky and attended Berea College, where he studied theatre. Aside from writing, Jeffrey is also an actor, producer and director. Tamara is his first novel.

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J.D. Matthews is a screenwriter, television writer, and novelist who grew up in Los Angeles. He graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Psychology. Tamara is J.D.’s third novel.

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