Sarah had been stared at, teased, and bullied for most of her life because of the “port-wine stain” birthmark on her face and neck. She often found that adults were just as insensitive as small children. So she was extremely upset to find out, on the morning that she was to begin treatments to remove the birthmark, that someone embezzled a lot of money from her father’s company and the treatments had to be put on hold. She felt like her life was over. Little did she know that her birthmark was the least of her problems.
While Sarah’s insecurity over her “port-wine stain” birthmark reminded me of Terra in North of Beautiful (which I apparently never reviewed), the rest of the story reminded me of Living Dead Girl — namely because Sarah is kidnapped and held captive as a sex slave by a psychopath who admits to having done this before. Thankfully, the descriptions of her rape are not extremely graphic. Still, there is no question that she is, in fact, being raped every time her kidnapper visits. Narration alternates between Sarah and her friend Nick, so readers are able to follow both Sarah’s desperate struggle to survive/escape and her family’s attempts to find her. So glad I had the opportunity to read this in a single sitting, as I don’t know how I would have torn myself away before getting to the end!