STAINED is the story of Sarah Meadows, a 17-year-old girl who is plucked off the street one afternoon after school. Not only is she emotionally and sexually abused, starved and left alone for days at a time, she spends every minute in hooded darkness.
To Sarah’s horror, she is not her abuser’s first victim. He terrorizes her by occasionally dropping their names, by drawing comparisons between Sarah and the others and by promising Sarah that she too, will have her freedom—freedom from her pain of living with a port-wine stained face. But he doesn't mean cosmetic surgery.
After a while, Sarah realizes she must save herself. She has picked and clawed at her only means of escape for months, crawling through just moments before her abuser shows up. As her abuser hunts Sarah down and closes in on her family, I felt anxious for Sarah’s safety. (Even checking to see how many pages were left in the novel.)
I won’t spoil the ending, but will end my review by saying Cheryl Rainfield is a talented writer who balances the right amount of terror for the reader and the character with palpable and authentic emotions in this edge-of-your-seat thriller.