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Serena
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 4 August 2010
What did I like about this book ?
- I got to know a little about the timber industry in U.S in 1800's

What did I not like about this book ?

1. Lack of character building . I'm sure there is a technically /reviewer correct term for this. What I mean is that I like a book to develop some depth in their characters so that I can understand their actions and behaviours in the story. It's not necessary for all of the characters but I prefer when I can understand at least one of the characters, or maybe it's that you feel the book has a central character or that you as the reader is given a good insight into them.
In this novel , I expected to have understood Serena; I expected the author to build up enough about her thoughts, her likes , dislikes , ambitions, feelings etc , whatever it takes to build a character that me as the reader understands or at least has enough insight into.
2. Actually , maybe my problem was that I expected the book and story to be told from the perspective of Serena but it wasn't. There were parts of the book where you really felt you were getting the perspective of George her husband and other parts where the story was told from the perspective of Rachel. But not once from Serena's perspective who was supposedly the main character.
3. Too much dialogue and not enough descriptive prose in parts , but I guess that is just a style preference.

Overall, this book will not have me rushing out to buy another book by this author.
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on 27 May 2015
Very dark . Gripping stuff. Good to have an strong evil woman as the central character.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 10 April 2010
From the point of view of the quality of the writing, there was nothing wrong. The story-line itself, however, I just could not get on with. From the opening sequence I found Serena to be totally unconvincing. I know the author is trying to paint the picture of the kind of woman she was, obviously very independent and opinionated and very much the equal of any man, but to my mind he did not manage to convey that in a convincing manner - it was all a little contrived and so I did not believe in her. Once I found the character unbelievable, then I found it hard to continue, but I did persevere having read some of the other reviews and bearing in mind what some of the reviewers mentioned, but I could not get past the middle section, I completely lost all interest or caring. I realise that for someone else, perhaps they may really enjoy this book, but it was just not for me.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I found it very engaging from the beginning, it is a good summer read. It has many enjoyable elements, the characters are well written. I think it is either a book people will love or hate. Serena is a woman with little or no conscience who will stop at nothing to achieve what she wants.

I could see Shakespearian elements throughout the book, some have compared it to MacBeth, it is bloodthirsty in places so if that is not your kind of thing, best to avoid. There are deaths and many other things I will not say so not to spoil anyone too much before they read it.

The book may be violent and disturbing in places but it is nevertheless enjoyable. I will be looking out for more work by the suthor.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 22 September 2009
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This is an entertaining book in spite of its rather bleak and unsympathetic hero and heroine - in fact she is very scary indeed. I found myself being a bit critical of how she is portrayed (and how exploitative they are as a couple) but on reflection I feel that they are probably accurately drawn when judged by the harsh standards of the day.

It gives a well-researched (or apparently so, at least)view of the logging industry at this point in history.

I liked the twist at the end as well.
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on 23 January 2015
too much talk about trees and other nonsense struggling to finish it
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I thought this book was really gripping to start off with. The character of Serena could be likened to Lucretia Borgia without the poison. She is one feisty lady who tries to support her husband build a lumbar business. Althought he book starts off really well, I started to get really bored with it half way through. I think this is because it is aimed very much at the american market and I found it difficult to identify with the characters once it got more involved.
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on 16 March 2015
Love this book ,, brilliant rad ,, buy it now ,,,,,,,
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on 24 August 2015
Very happy with product and service, will use again.
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on 28 April 2015
Enjoyed reading the book better then the film
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