Serena by Ron Rash.
When this book first came out it caught my eye, but I only recently got around to reading it. I didn’t write the title down when I first read about it and although I knew it was a woman’s name it alluded me for months before I finally remembered enough about it to track it down. Sometimes when you go through the effort to track down a book you get rewarded with a gem of a story, and then other times…
I really wanted to like this book. It’s about a man and woman (the Serena of the title) who are young, married, rich and deadly. It takes place in the late 1920’s/early 1930’s, an era that interests me. The man. George Pemberton, impregnates a poor mountain girl before marrying the much more suitable Serena. The pregnant girl and her dad greet the newlyweds as they arrive back from the east coast. There’s a knife fight. It’s a great beginning.
However, the Pemberton’s are in to logging. And the book goes in to great detail about this subject, which I have to admit loss my interest. Serena, who turns out to be a bit ruthless and crazy- which I love, is not featured nearly enough. And it takes a lot longer than I expected for the plot to get to what the blurb on Amazon promises- namely Serena loses the ability to have kids and goes after her husband’s illegitimate child and baby momma. There’s a weird Snow White parallel to the story, but I don’t know if it’s intentional or a sign that I just watched to much Disney as a kid.
I ended up getting through the novel, and there was some good to it. I just skipped the incredibly boring and dull logging descriptions. In my opinion the story had more promise than what was offered, but Serena is still a wonderful villain. I just wanted more of her.
Serena gets a Midnight Book Rating of:
it’s a good read, but a little on the slow side at times.