C. S. Lakin is a novelist and professional copyeditor and writing coach. She is currently working on her eleventh novel, a contemporary family saga drawn from the biblical story of Jacob. Someone to Blame(Zondervan), an intense relational drama and winner of the 2009 First Novel contest, released in October 2010, and she is also the author of the allegorical adult fantasy series The Gates of Heaven, featuring The Wolf of Tebron and the upcoming release The Map Across Time (March 2011). She is currently completing her tenth novel and developing a dog memoir of epic proportion.
In the wake of heartrending family tragedies, Matt and Irene Moore move with their fourteen-year-old daughter, Casey, to a small town. Their goal is to get far away from the daily reminders that leave each of them raw and guilt-ridden. Their hope is to find redemption, repair, and renewal. Instead, the threads that hold them together unravel even more.
Breakers, a small community perched on the rocky coast of the Pacific Northwest, is draped with cold isolation that seems to mirror the hearts. As they settle into their new life, old grief settles with them. Matt is always on edge and easily angered, Irene is sad and pensive, and Casey is confused and defiant. They've once more set the stage for calamity. Into this mix comes Billy Thurber, a young drifter with his own conflicts, whose life unexpectedly entangles with the Moores'.
His arrival in Breakers parallels a rash of hateful and senseless crimes, and soon the whole town -- eager for someone to blame -- goes after Thurber with murderous intent. Out of this dangerous chaos, however, the Moores find unexpected grace and healing in a most unlikely way.
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Someone to Blame is the story of broken people, all of whom are reeling from unbelievable hurts. They blame each other and they also blame themselves for all the things that have gone wrong. The only thing they know for sure is that the pain doesn't go away.
It takes one person's love and willingness to reach out to someone else in need to start the healing process that will impact many more. The cycle can be broken, and hearts finally mended.
I could totally relate to so many of the characters in this story. The story is realistic and believable, as well as incredibly inspirational.
I look forward to checking out other books by C.S. Lakin, who is a "new to me" author. I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Someone to Blame through Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for my honest review.