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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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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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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: #3,538,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Wow. I enjoyed this book. Maybe enjoy is the wrong word. I appreciated this book even though the story wrung some tears out of me. To feel as much grief as this book forces you to feel was hard, as grief is hard. I think it is important to know that life and grief are hard. I think we need to understand that when people hurt, they lash out at whatever they think is hurting them. Some of us are too quick to connect the dots and jump to conclusions, as did many in the book. You find yourself sympathizing with almost every character. And I found myself getting irritated at the nice sheriff in the cold town who really didn't want to be there. Because he would not do much of a job, the townspeople took things into their own hands.
There are several shocks in the story. Despite that, I think older teens could read this and maybe gain some insight into their parents. Parents of teens might find this book hard to read as parents' worst nightmares are vividly brought to life.
This book gave me a lot to think about. We all have push-all-the-wrong-button relationships, and it is good to think about ways to change the dynamic.
A good book that I thought was well-written.
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