Stained Hardcover – Oct 1 2013
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A Bank Street College Best Book of the Year
"Sarah's determination to stay alive and escape will resonate with readers, and they will cheer her efforts to overcome her underdog status."
"Sarah's refusal to be a victim will stick with readers."
"Rainfield has written a novel of psychological suspense."
"Rainfield has drawn upon her own experiences to create a powerful and disturbing novel about the abduction and torture of a young woman that recalls recent horrifying news stories. . . . Readers will find Stained almost impossible to read and, at the same time, almost impossible to put down."
—VOYA, 4Q 4P S
About the Author
Cheryl Rainfield is the author of the novels Scars and Hunted . A survivor of abuse, she often draws upon her own experience in her intense and highly charged fiction, heralding the strength and courage of ordinary people. She lives in Toronto, Canada. Visit her website at www.cherylrainfield.com .
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Top Customer Reviews
The novel opens with sixteen-year-old Sarah Meadows eagerly anticipating treatments to rid her of the port wine birthmark on her cheek –something that has plagued her for her entire life. Sarah has been bullied, teased, shunned and stared at for as long as she can remember. But with treatments about to start, she is hopeful that those days will be behind her.
Such is not to be. On the day of her scheduled treatment, Sarah’s family is thrown into chaos when her father discovers his business is in trouble. Somebody has stolen money from the company. Lots of it. There is no extra for medical treatments now. Sarah is devastated, both for selfish reasons and for the angst that her parents are experiencing.
Things go from bad to worse. Sarah is abducted soon afterwards by a trusted family friend, and held captive for four months in a remote and rural location. She is blindfolded, has limited food, and is subjected to repeated rape, humiliation and plenty of psychological mind games. She is locked up for days on end, with minimal food and no way of escape. How will she ever survive?
This book is not for the faint of heart. It is a brutally honest account of a girl who is thrown into a horrific situation with very little chance of escape. The first person present tense narrative is gritty and dark, but believable and totally gripping. Immediately, you are inside Sarah’s head. You feel her pain. The hopelessness, the injustice...but you also see her strength. Sarah is determined to survive. She endures the unthinkable but throughout it all, she will not let herself lose composure.Read more ›
At school, Sarah has to share this unexpected news with her group of friends: Charlene who is overweight and the brunt of her father's verbal abuse; Gemma, a lesbian; and Nick, who is considered a geeky "doughboy" by others, though Sarah considers that,
"They don't care that he's kind, smart, and good natured, and sort of cute in a soft, chubby way, with messy, sandy hair that's always falling into his eyes and a quick smile. All they see is his weight and his social awkwardness." (pg. 15)
When Nick narrates a chapter, he emulates the same sentiments about Sarah, calling her beautiful and wishing she could see how amazing she is.
On the way home, a bullying incident has Brian Gormley, her dad's cute assistant, coming to her rescue, offering to help and drive her home. Though she declines, feeling that "Something isn't right" (pg. 35), Brian grabs her, drugs her and locks her away, with a padlocked leather blindfold on. He claims that he will help her and her parents by giving them "freedom from the pain in their lives" (pg. 84) as he has done for others.Read more ›
I had read one of this author’s previous books - “Scars” - and I was hoping this one would be just as good. “Stained” exceeded my expectations!
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I just finished reading Stained. I loved that it was written just the way a 16 year old might think and feel in the situations she found herself in. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Britt Bright
I feel like I just finished running a marathon. Just got to the end of of Stained and I'm emotionally exhausted and exalted. Read morePublished on Nov. 20 2013 by Melanie Florence
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