by Ron Rash
George and Serena Pemberton arrive in the wilds of the North Carolina mountains to build a life together in a rural logging town.
But Serena Pemberton is unlike any woman this town has ever seen: overseeing crews, hunting rattlesnakes and even saving her husband in the wilderness.
So when Serena learns that she will never bear a child, she is determined that her intensely passionate marriage will not unravel.
A course of events unfolds that will change the lives of everyone in their rural community and bring this riveting tale of love and revenge to its shocking reckoning.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages
- Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/07/2010
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781847674883
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Review by tina1969
This review may contain spoilers.1929 and George Pemberton returns to his timber company with his new wife. Her name is Serena. Serena is an extraordinary woman. She can drink, ride and shoot as good as any man. They have everything they want except for one thing, Serena can't have children. Serena being who she is won't let nothing stop her or get in her way and she will do anything to get waht she wants, even commit murder. Rachel is a sixteen year old girl and she has something that Serena wants and that is a child by Pemberton.Serena starts off as a very likeable person until her true colours start to show. Pemberton is very weak and will do whatever Serena wants because of his obsession with her. Rachel is a strong women but in a different way to Serena. Rachel has to be strong to survive and then she is on the run for her and her son's life.Now this has the makings of a good thriller, but it doesn't quite deliver. There are a lot of parts within the book where nothing much really happens. Saying that it is a compelling book as I felt I had to read it to find out what was going to happen. Serena is a good femme fatal and I wouldn't want to get on the wrong side of her.
Review by Mumineurope
Hard hitting Serena and wimpy husband George in N California as it is being logged