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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (September 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310327393
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310327394
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,577,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"From first page to last, Someone to Blame shines. It contains neither sugar-coating nor preaching--only real-life drama lived out by ordinary characters made extraordinary by circumstance. Lakin introduces high conflict in the opening chapters and sustains page-turning tension without ever becoming melodramatic. Her complex interweaving of plot lines builds toward a satisfying conclusion."
"I found Someone to Blame one of the most compelling works of Christian fiction in recent memory--worthy of belonging in anyone's personal library."
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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“Beautifully written by C. S. Lakin, this deeply moving story of grace in hard places will linger with you long after the last page.” ---James Scott Bell, author of Sins of the Fathers -- James Scott Bell, , Author

More About the Author

C. S. Lakin is an award-winning novelist, writing instructor, and professional copyeditor who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lakin's award-winning blog for writers: www.livewritethrive.com provides deep writing instruction and posts on industry trends. Her site www.CritiqueMyManuscript.com features her critique services. She teaches workshops and critiques at writing conferences and workshops around the country.

The first six books in her seven-book fantasy series, The Gates of Heaven, are out in print and ebook, allegorical fairy tales drawing from classic tales we all read in our childhood.

Lakin's relational drama/mystery, Someone to Blame, won the 2009 Zondervan First Novel award, released October 2010. Her other suspense/mysteries are Innocent Little Crimes (top 100 in the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest), A Thin Film of Lies, and Conundrum. And sci-fi enthusiasts will love Time Sniffers: a wild young adult romance that will entangle you in time!

She also publishes writing craft books in the series The Writer's Toolbox, which help novelists learn how to write great books!

Follow her on Twitter: @cslakin and @livewritethrive and like her Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/C.S.Lakin.Author

Customer Reviews

Her characters, as well as the plot, are believable.
Culpepper Webb
Lakin does a great job creating characters who have depth and a scenery that is vivid.
Kevin Currie-Knight
Lakin does a great job at tackling this subject without compromising on the issue.
David Brollier

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By She Writes on January 6, 2011
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I just don't understand the 2 star review I just read about this book. I absolutely love C.S. Lakin's writing style. I went to the trouble of tracking her down to send her an email to tell her that as a matter of fact. This says a lot considering the fact that I'm a very busy person. The lady can write! I'll be watching for her next release.

C.S. tackled some tough topics in this book, topics that unfortunately are part of human nature, such as how some individuals are always looking for someone to blame when things don't go their way. C.S. takes the reader to the edge in a suspenseful twist, showing us what can happen when things go too far.

Characters were very believable and three dimensional. I enjoyed the teenage girl, Casey, in the book because she seemed so real, not easy to pull off by an adult writer. My heart went out to Casey and struggled with her as she faced loss and attempted to find her place in the world. I honestly liked and identified with every character in the book because they were believable and well-rounded.

If you like suspenseful books that tackle mild psychological concepts, this one's for you...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Currie-Knight TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 26, 2011
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First, a confession: I am not religious and have never read religious fiction before. I was offered to review this book and the presentation did not give indication that the book was religious fiction. So, I was skeptical: would I be able to get into the story? Would the book read as well as "secular" fiction?

Yes and yes. C.S. Lakin's Someone to Blame proved to be a very heartwarming and engrossing story. Primarily, it is a character study about a family - Irene and Matt Moore and their daughter Casey - who move to the small town of Breaker, CA in order to rebuild their lives after tragically losing two sons. What they find in this new town, though, is that the town has secrets and is full of as much anger and sadness as the Moore's are. Will this new town help them come to terms with the Moore's loss? Or will events in town prove too much for the Moore family to take?

First of all, the characters and the town itself are very easy to relate to. Lakin does a great job creating characters who have depth and a scenery that is vivid. The plot is a little slow in the beginning and first half (where we are primarily getting to know more and more about the characters in the town) , but picks up in the second half quite a bit.

If there is one negative about this book, it is that the plot is quite predictable from about the 3/4 point on. While the story is nonetheless intriguing enough that I didn't lose interest, I tended to know what would happen well before it actually happened. The book's pull is not due to any unpredictability in plot, but to the strength of the characters and Lakin's ability to let us in their heads.

All in all, this is a very heartwarming story about a family's ability to get through tragedy by relying on each other and their inner strength, and how people can lose their way but make it back. I strongly recommend it...even to those who aren't readers of religious fiction.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Jones on April 30, 2011
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Always on the lookout for outstanding Christian novels, I was intrigued when I found Someone to Blame, a work of contemporary fiction by fantasy novelist C.S. Lakin. Its title and back cover synopsis were enough to draw me in...

Following the crushing losses of both their teenage sons, Matt and Irene Moore move with their daughter, 14-year-old Casey, to a small coastal Northwest town. In doing so, they hope to leave behind plaguing, guilt-ridden memories. Instead, trouble seems to follow them - trouble, most specifically, in the form of a young man named Billy Thurber, a drifter with a questionable past. His behavior provokes suspicion and anger from all those he meets - with one notable exception. Casey, hurting and impressionable, falls instantly under his spell. But her infatuation is no protection against the town's rising resentment, tilting toward murderous intent.

From first page to last, Someone to Blame shines. It contains neither sugar-coating nor preaching - only real-life drama lived out by ordinary characters made extraordinary by circumstance. Lakin introduces high conflict in the opening chapters and sustains page-turning tension without ever becoming melodramatic. Her complex interweaving of plotlines builds toward a satisfying conclusion, and though she has more POV characters than I've seen in a long time, each is credible, not cardboard. Best of all, the spiritual takeaway doesn't knock you over the head; instead, it blooms naturally from the story.

I liked this story so much, in fact, that after reading a borrowed copy from the library, I ordered my own from Amazon - which is where I learned that for this stand-alone, Lakin won the Zondervan First Novel contest at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. It's a well-deserved distinction. I found Someone to Blame one of the most compelling works of Christian fiction in recent memory - worthy of belonging in anyone's personal library.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M1ssDiagnosis on February 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
Having been through the tragic deaths of both their sons, the Moore family decides on a fresh start in a small coastal town. But they soon find they cannot escape the bitterness, unforgiveness, and blame still weighing heavily on each of them. But when a young, disagreeable stranger shows up in town around the same time as a spree of petty crimes and becomes persona non grata, the Moore family has a chance to learn about grace and forgiveness.

A gripping story with strongly sympathetic characters, this seems to be a compelling lesson about compassion, forgiveness, and wrongly judging others. However, I couldn't help but notice the author's perceived liberal ideology seeping through to the subtext. She seems to strongly imply that America is to blame for most of the world's inequality, that our country looks for opportunities to exploit the disenfranchised, and that those who prefer country living and also treasure our Constitutional rights to protect our lives and property are actually trigger-happy vigilantes. This kind of "blame America" mentality and stereotyping seems to directly contradict with the larger moral of the story.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Zondervan as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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