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Someone to Blame

By C. S. Lakin


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 of their relationship unravel even more.
Breakers is a small community perched on the rocky coast of the Pacific Northwest. Its cold isolation seems to mirror the hearts of the family seeking solace there. 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.

Book Takeaway:

That we are often too quick to blame ouselves, God, or others for the pain we experience in life and that blame can be hurtful and destructive; only grace and forgiveness andheal.


Year Title Description
2009 Winner: Zondervan First Novel Contest Winner received publication and an advance from Zondervan

Why the author wrote this book:

To explore the theme of blame and the difficult issue of dealing with tragedy without blame.


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