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Someone to Blame [Kindle Edition]

Susanne Lakin
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Book Description

Matt and Irene Moore, anxious to leave horrific tragedies behind them, relocate to a small coastal town with their 14-year-old daughter, Casey. But rather than find peace, their world is once more turned upside-down when their lives become entangled with Billy Thurber, a drifter who arrives in Breakers with a rash of crimes following at his heels. As the town goes after Thurber with murderous intent, eager for someone to blame, the Moores find unexpected grace and healing in the most unlikely way.

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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."


C. S. Lakin’s captivating writing and well-drawn characters immediately drew me into this story. I loved it!” ---Cindy Martinusen Coloma, author of Orchid House and Beautiful -- Cindy Martinusen Coloma, , Author|“Lakin is a welcome voice bringing fresh emotion to a story that doesn’t shy away from difficult issues. I knew Lakin was special from the first chapter. I kept thinking, ‘I hope people think this when they read my stuff.’” ---Harry Kraus, author of The Six-Liter Club and Salty Like Blood -- Harry Kraus, , Author|“A poignant and relevant story of redemption and renewal, wonderfully written and powerfully paced. C. S. Lakin deftly explores the heart’s desperate struggle to make sense of loss. Well done.” ---Susan Meissner, author of The Shape of Mercy -- Susan Meissner, , Author|“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

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  • File Size: 497 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0310327393
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (September 28, 2010)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003TFE8MO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #741,808 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars C.S. Lakin is now one of my favorite authors!!! 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Well Constructed and Smart Story 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
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy purchase 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Gripping Story with Heart June 30, 2011
The Moore Family recently moved to Breakers, a small town in the Pacific Northwest, fleeing the heartache of lost loved ones. Their family is fragile, and one wave crashing them against the cliffs could break them - unless the walls around their individual hearts came down.

Billy Thurber has recently shown up in town, as well, selling firewood off the back of his pickup truck. When he arrives, so does trouble. The people of Breakers don't like the glare in his eyes or the attitude he carries. So when the trouble starts, all the fingers point to Billy...except for one.

Will one person's compassion set Billy's heart free from his past? Will the once-quiet town of Breakers find peace again?

In Someone to Blame, C.S. Lakin provides a full cast of characters with real issues. She provides just enough description for the readers mind to envision the coastal fishing town and the surrounding mountains, allowing the reader to imagine the rest. I enjoyed the small-town pace of the book. The action is just enough to keep one wondering what's coming next, if anything else could go wrong, and who's to blame for what the town is going through. Once the action peaks, it drops off again as evidence from the once sleepy town is revealed. But keep reading, because the end of the story is the best part of the book.

Lakin sprinkles revelations of God's love, grace, and forgiveness throughout the story. The tale she tells moved my heart more than once.

Someone to Blame is a fresh story filled with twists and turns resembling the coastal roads it is set against. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and I give it four out of five stars.
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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: provides deep writing instruction and posts on industry trends. Her site 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:

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