Blood Stains is the first book in Sharon Sala's new trilogy about three sisters who do not know that each contains a hidden secret from their past. It isn't until the reading of their father's will that Maria Slade finds out that the man that she always thought was her father, isn't her father at all. And the sisters she has always thought were hers aren't even biologically related to her. Instead, Maria is the forgotten daughter of a prostitute and her biological father unknown. Now, with so many questions about her past and who and what she comes from, Maria is determined to retrace her mother's last days. Little does she know that her mother's death is a cold case, and in searching for the answers of her past she is opening up herself to not only the love of a lifetime but possibly making herself vulnerable to her mother's killer.
Bodie Scott is a Tulsa, Oklahoma detective and though he was much too young to remember Maria's mother's death he can't help but be intrigued by Maria and the cold case she brings to his attention. While holding down his day job as Detective, Bodie manages to juggle his work and personal life to help Maria track down the people from her mother's past. As things progress and the tension climbs Bodie begins to realize that they are going to have to solve her mother's cold case in order to protect her beautiful daughter.
Sharon Sala is a master at building suspense and creating emotional ties between her characters and her readers. She has once again created a beautiful story filled with strange twists, turns and intrigues. Although, Maria's mother at first seems like she would be an unlikable character as the story unfolds the reader begins to sympathize and view her tragic life in a much more empathetic life. The relationship between Bodie and Maria adds another layer of pleasure for this story that lends both depth and emotional connection to the tale. As Maria begins to find out more about her past, Bodie becomes the stability and rock of trust that she needs to get her through the next moment. Readers will be pleased by this first book in the new trilogy and tantalized by the hints offered of the upcoming installments.
At the reading of her father's will, Maria Slade receives shocking news—as a four-year-old, she'd witnessed her prostitute mother's murder and been taken into hiding by the well-meaning preacher who'd raised her as his own.
Maria remembers none of that. But now she's determined to flush her mother's killer out of hiding and discover the identity of her birth father. She heads to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she meets Detective Bodie Scott.
Empathizing with this beautiful woman looking to find out who she really is, he opens the decades-old case file. Their investigation leads them down a dangerous path, where no one is what they seem. Where a father does not want to be found. And a murderer has "like mother, like daughter" in mind for Maria.