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Stained [Hardcover]

Cheryl Rainfield
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Book Description

Oct. 1 2013

Sixteen-year-old Sarah Meadows longs for "normal." Born with a port wine stain covering half her face, all her life she’s been plagued by stares, giggles, bullying, and disgust. But when she’s abducted on the way home from school, Sarah is forced to uncover the courage she never knew she had, become a hero rather than a victim, and learn to look beyond her face to find the beauty and strength she has inside. It’s that—or succumb to a killer.


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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." 
Kirkus


"Sarah's refusal to be a victim will stick with readers."
Publishers Weekly


"Rainfield has written a novel of psychological suspense."
Booklist


"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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I feel like I just finished running a marathon. Just got to the end of of Stained and I'm emotionally exhausted and exalted. It was an incredible, fantastically written roller coaster of a book. I highly recommend it. Cheryl Rainfield is not only a phenomenally talented author, she's an inspiring, strong and incredible person. Go buy Stained! Immediately!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! What an intense experience! Nov. 20 2013
By TJones
Format:Hardcover
Terrific read! Didn't take long to be hooked into a very intense and gripping story. Felt like I was right inside the characters' heads. I don't usually read books very quickly but I shot through this one. Couldn't put it down because I just had to know what was going to happen next. Interesting characters and a story that gets you thinking on many levels. Any young adult (or any adult for that matter) is in for wild ride! Highly recommend this unforgettable story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars STAINED is a winner! Nov. 17 2013
Format:Hardcover
This week, I got lucky. I won the audiobook version of Cheryl Rainfield’s latest novel, STAINED. I’d heard a little bit about it, and was very intrigued by the premise.

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.
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