[CFBA Tour&Review] Someone To Blame by Susanne Lakin

Posted 18 January, 2011 by Molly in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

This week, the
 
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
 
is introducing
 
Someone To Blame
 
Zondervan (September 21, 2010)
 
by
 
C. S. Lakin
 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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.

ABOUT THE BOOK

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.  

If you would like to read the first chapter of Someone To Blame, go HERE.

My Review:
Wow! Another wonderful book that I honestly wasn’t sure I was going to like. I read the description and thought, it might not be the best but I believe every book deserves a chance at being read and THEN the decision of liking or not liking being made. And sometimes, like with this one, I find that I am highly glad that I took the time to read the book because it was so much better than I thought!

C.S. Laskin is talented. Highly talented. She has the ability to grip each of her readers and twist their hearts with the emotions and doesn’t let them go until the last page of the story. Utterly fantastic! WithSomeone to Blame, you get an incredible inside look at Irene, Matt and Casey’s family. They are already in heartache and pain, so when they move to a new town in California that has some questionable things happening, did they make the right choice? And the ever growing and even bigger question is this: who is to blame for all that is going on?? I was up late into the night, turning page after page of this fascinating novel. I felt all the turmoil this young family felt and all the edge-of-your seat mystery of the town as I felt like I was in that town looking for someone to blame, too. The wonderful Christian elements of the story are woven deep between the lines, the messages of grace and forgiveness and not placing blame on someone, when NO one is perfect. Definitely glad I read this novel!

After reading this novel, I went to C.S. Laskin’s website and there are some other books by her that looked absolutely phenomenal and I will definitely be looking for more work by this fabulous lady! Someone to Blame is 4 star worthy among high recommendations to everyone!

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