This is a must read! I couldn't stop thinking about it when I wasn't reading it. You will love to hate the main character!! Great suspenseful story!! I can't wait to see if the movie holds up to the book!
Summary from goodreads.com:
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.
Rash's masterful balance of violence and
beauty yields a riveting novel that, at its core, tells of love both
honored and betrayed.