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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."

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'As convicting as it is moving ... readers will enjoy this rising new talent.' ---Terri Blackstock, author of Intervention and Predator -- Terri Blackstock <br><br>

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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)
  • Publication Date: September 28, 2010
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003TFE8MO
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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, Live Write Thrive, 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.

Her seven-book fantasy series, The Gates of Heaven, is available in print and ebook, allegorical fairy tales drawing from classic tales we all read in our childhood.

Lakin's relational drama, 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, Intended for Harm, and Conundrum. And sci-fi enthusiasts will love Time Sniffers: a wild young adult romance that will entangle you in time!

Lakin also publishes writing craft books in the series The Writer's Toolbox, which help novelists learn how to write great books! Get your free ebook--Strategic Planning for Writers in 4 Easy Steps--at her blog www.livewritethrive.

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

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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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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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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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From love to hate and every emotion in between, this is a novel that shines of God's love!
Dealing with tragedy is never easy for any family and for this particular one, it does not hit once, but twice. In fact, things seem to get worse all the time in 'Someone to Blame'.

Hoping for a fresh new start Matt, his wife Irene and their daughter Casey move to a small coastal town in Northern California. Small town living does not make life any easier however and unexpected complications arise.
Most towns people in Breakers are very decent yet some are not what they seem. And when Matt hires Billy, a young drifter to work in the family's small construction business, things start to unravel even more.
When Casey gets into an entanglement with the surly boy and thefts and arson occurs evidence dramatically points to the drifter. Billy does not trust anyone and carries a big chip on his shoulder.

As the story progresses sadness, anger and guilt overwhelms the three members of the family. A teacher, Matt's wife Irene gets deeply caught up in young Billy's troubled background, and at one point saves his life at the risk of her own.

Bitterness engulfs everyone and tension is palpable in this book thanks to the author's creative writing!
But where is God when all this is happening?
As always with a little faith of course, God's plan is eventually revealed.
With its ultimate climax, this dysfunctional family finds once again each other and the peace they have been craving.
As to Billy, you will have to find out for yourself!

A journey not to be missed, this book explores deep emotional drama and is well worth reading.
Healing as we know never comes easy!
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