Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Someone to Blame by C.S.Lakin

"Of all the forms of wisdom, hindsight is by general consent the least merciful, the most unforgiving."
                                                                                             John Fletcher

I had a feeling that Someone to Blame would rock my world and I was right. I love being right, but what I wasn't expecting was a roller coaster ride with the theme being my deepest, darkest fears.  As a parent of teenagers (see Saturday's blog)  I would do anything to protect my kids from harm in all of its forms.  We all would.  So therein lies my deepest fear.

Someone to Blame is the story of the aftermath of tragedy.  A parent's nightmare.

Meet the Moores. They are an average, middle-class church going family.  Mom Irene is a teacher, Dad Matt a contractor, Daniel the troubled, difficult child, Jesse the happy-go-lucky kid, and Casey the proud and fiercely loyal sister. They didn't even know that they were a family hanging on by a thread when the unthinkable happens and both boys end up dead.

The Moores move to a town called Breakers, a place where no one knows their name or the grief they have endured. Their identity is now that of a family broken by losing their sons, one to an accident, one to despair. Now they know that they are hanging on by a thread.

Breakers in the late fall and early winter is gray and rocky and the townspeople, though most are nice enough, have made some interesting life choices. When a young and shifty drifter comes to town and trouble ensues, they must decide whether or not to take the law into their own hands.

Someone to Blame explores the natural outcome of bitterness, fear, and revenge left to fester in the human heart and mind.  C.S. Lakin spares no one as truth is exposed in order for healing to have a chance.

C.S.Lakin said in an interview that this book "morphed into a study of the way we blame ourselves, God, and others for the pain we have in life." (Check out the whole interview by Kim at Window to My World).

This book will challenge the way you look at life.  Oh, Mom's out there, there is one place in this book where you will want to stand up and cheer!

Live. Love. Laugh. Tell them you love them.

Read on for more about this book.

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 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.  

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


Terri Tiffany said...

It sounds real and the kind of book I would read! Thank you for sharing about it. Adding it to my list.

Cheryl Klarich said...

Thanks Terri. It always makes my day to have you stop by!

This book was really different and definitely worth reading!!!

Bless you!!

PatriciaW said...

Wow, Cheryl, that sounds like an intense read.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Cheryl Klarich said...

Patricia! Welcome to Writing Remnants, thank you so much for visiting!!

Yes, this book was intense. But really interesting how the author made it work- nothing rote there!

Loved your blog too!