Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Someone to Blame

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


C. S. Lakin is a novelist and professional copy editor 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.

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

Book Review

"Facing Uncomfortable Truths, Finding Unexpected Grace" is the tag line which you will find printed prominently on the back of this book.     It is a hope you instantly hang upon the author's shoulders as you begin to get to know this family and their community.

You know this family:  Matt, Irene and Casey.    You may even know Billy.     You might even be one of these people.    Reading this book may make you feel a little uncomfortable, but the fact you already "know" them means you won't be able to quit reading.

For me, Lakin saved her best writing for last when she included her description of peace amongst the last pages of the book.  On page 359 she writes, "She thought peace would be a gentle, soft feeling, but it was much the opposite.    Peace was powerful... flattened... everything into submission."    Obviously, I shortened that entire page into just a few short words because I want you to get the entire impact of that scene and those words for yourself.    However, I will tell you that is was worth reading this book for that one scene alone.    I will never think of peace in the same way again.   

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