When I received this book from Zondervan Press I looked at the book cover and thought, “This is going to be a gut wrenching story and I’m going to hate it!” But I knew that was part of the bargain and Zondervan wants an honest review. So here we go.
As I read it I did find it to be extremely gut wrenching at times, here was family that had experienced tremendous loss. The type of loss every parent fears and prays they never have to face. Yet I was pleasantly surprised, I didn’t hate the book. In fact, I found myself wanting to see what was going to happen next. The author created characters that I could relate to while others stirred emotions within me, some of which were very strong. I found my heart breaking for Casey as a teenager facing these tragedies alone without real support from her parents. As a mother, I could relate with the pain Irene felt as she tried to cope with her pain and hold her family together. Most of the time I just wanted to shake Matt and ask him if he really was that big of an idiot.
Early in the story I was frustrated with how the author would give you just tidbits of the tragedies that the Moore family had endured. Of course this kept me wanting to read more and once she revealed the whole story I just cried. The author also brought to light a character flaw that almost all of us share, to think the worst of someone by how they look. We are quick to judge and assume that someone is up to no good just from their appearance. We fail, or maybe it’s just me to get to know the person and talk to them first.
I wouldn’t call this a “feel good” book. I found myself tearing up many times during the story, but I also found myself looking within and asking, “Am I really any different than the characters in this book?” Sadly, I had to answer no.
I’m not sure who to recommend this book to. If you want a story that will cause self-examination then read it. If you want a story that reflects way too many families in our country, then read it. If you want a happily ever after fluffy story, then you’ll want to take a pass.
Thank you Zondervan for sending me this book, it made me think. I felt the author did a great job dealing with a very difficult topic.
|Someone to Blame
By C.S. Lakin / Zondervan
In the wake of heartrending family tragedies, Matt and Irene Moore and their 14-year-old daughter, Casey, move to a small Pacific Northwestern town. When young drifter Billy’s arrival in Breakers parallels a series of hateful crimes, unexpected circumstances entangle his life with the Moores. Will they all find grace and healing in unlikely ways? 352 pages, softcover from Zondervan.