A Novel

eBook - 2008
Average Rating:
Rate this:
The year is 1929, and newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton travel from Boston to the North Carolina mountains where they plan to create a timber empire. Although George has already lived in the camp long enough to father an illegitimate child, Serena is new to the mountains--but she soon shows herself to be the equal of any man, overseeing crews, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving her husband's life in the wilderness. Together this lord and lady of the woodlands ruthlessly kill or vanquish all who fall out of favor. Yet when Serena learns that she will never bear a child, she sets out to murder the son George fathered without her. Mother and child begin a struggle for their lives, and when Serena suspects George is protecting his illegitimate family, the Pembertons' intense, passionate marriage starts to unravel as the story moves toward its shocking reckoning ...
Publisher: Pymble, NSW ; New York : HarperCollins e-books, 2008.
ISBN: 9780061712272
Characteristics: 1 online resource.


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Feb 07, 2019

A decidedly different style. Reminds me of Bette Davis in Little Foxes.

ArapahoeAlicia Aug 09, 2016

This book has such a sense of place and time highlighting the logging industry in North Carolina during the Great Depression. Its characters were interesting and always had me guessing as to their motivations and loyalties. It kept me thinking me thinking long after I closed the cover just as a dark thriller should.

Jun 02, 2016

Book was better than the movie. My oh My what a gal.

CMLibrary_gjd Jan 02, 2016

Wonderful book! Mr Rash is great, he can really put you in the place and time he's aiming for. If you're like me, you hate Serena as soon as you meet her, but just have to keep reading to see what she's capable of which turns out that's a lot. PICK THIS UP TODAY!!! Great Book Club Selection.

Dec 14, 2015

I unexpectedly really really liked this and enjoyed the depth of the characters. Would have liked to understand what made Serena unhinge..didn't think it was fully explained (or I completely missed it). Loved the justice for Rachel. I thought about this book long after I finished it. Be aware the movie with Bradley Cooper & Jennifer Lawrence is very different to the book..if you really enjoyed the book you may be disappointed with the very changed storyline. It's beautiful to look at yet really lacks the menacing substance.

madison382 Jul 04, 2015

I have never read a book where a female villain is so vile. Even though I am done reading the book, she still send shivers up my spine. Good job Mr. Rash.

Feb 16, 2015

Slow start but interesting information about the logging industry during the depression in North Carolina. Greed and murder along the way. Revenge and blind following of strong personalities. An eagle trained to kill snakes puts nature out of order. Lots of lessons and intrigues.

GerardAC Jan 16, 2015

Be for warned, this is more a dark thriller than a love story. Set in the woodlands of North Carolina during the Great Depression, Ron Rash gives us the perfect example of two people driven to drastic deeds by their own sociopathic avarice. I only wish the author had given more of an insight into Serena's twisted, vindictive demeanor, otherwise this was a compelling story that you simply will not want to put down.

Jan 04, 2015

Wow - this book has one of the most severe and ruthless female characters I have ever met but it was very well written and quite an experience to read.

Jul 21, 2014

Loved this book! Worth the read!

View All Comments


Add a Quote
Jun 30, 2015

“It's a hard place this world can be. No wonder a baby cries coming in to it. Tears from the start."


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further


Subject Headings


Find it at CPL

To Top