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The Brimstone Wedding

The Brimstone Wedding [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Vine
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The Brimstone Wedding - a masterful mystery about love and madness by bestseller Barbara Vine

'Intriguing, absorbing and compelling' Spectator

Jenny's marriage is loveless, and she is having an affair. She works at an old people's home, where she is especially fond of Stella, a gracious, dignified woman dying of cancer - whose own secrets parallel Jenny's - with the difference that she may have been involved in murdering her lover's husband . . .

Both a finely crafted mystery and a disturbingly honest depiction of the kinship between love and madness, The Brimstone Wedding tells an unsettling story about the power and the poison of love. If you enjoy the crime novels of P.D. James, Ian Rankin and Scott Turow, you will adore this book.

'The Rendell/ Vine partnership has for years been producing consistently better work than most Booker winners put together' Ian Rankin

'A superb and original writer' Amanda Craig, Express

Barbara Vine is the pen-name of Ruth Rendell. She has written fifteen novels using this pseudonym, including A Fatal Inversion and King Solomon's Carpet which both won the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award. Her other books include: A Dark Adapted Eye; The House of Stairs; Gallowglass; Asta's Book; No Night Is Too Long; In the Time of His Prosperity; The Brimstone Wedding; The Chimney Sweeper's Boy; Grasshopper; The Blood Doctor; The Minotaur; The Birthday Present and The Child's Child.

About the Author

Barbara Vine is the pen-name of Ruth Rendell. Viking have published all her previous novels, including A Dark Adapted Eye, which won the Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger Award. Ruth Rendell sits in the House of Lords as a Labour peer. She lives in Maida Vale, London.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 996 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (27 July 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9ACM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,892 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ruth Rendell has won many awards, including the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for 1976's best crime novel with A Demon in My View; a second Edgar in 1984 from the Mystery Writers of America for the best short story, 'The New Girl Friend'; and a Gold Dagger award for Live Flesh in 1986. She was also the winner of the 1990 Sunday Times Literary award, as well as the Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger. In 1996 she was awarded the CBE and in 1997 became a Life Peer.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing 20 Feb 2003
By A Customer
As always, novels by Barbara Vine keep the reader enthralled and 'The Brimstone Wedding' is no exception. The story focuses upon Jenny, who is a carer in an old people's home. Jenny realizes that she is no longer in love with her husband, Michael, and she becomes involved (and falls in love)with another man, who is also married. Jenny's lover tells her that he will leave his wife and his young, asthmatic daughter for her, but Jenny says that he must not, insisting that his family needs him. Jenny has also become very fond of Stella, a resident at the old people's home, and she soon finds herself confiding in Stella about her unhappy marriage and her affair. Stella listens patiently to Jenny, and gradually reveals her own secret, a secret kept hidden from her own family and laid bare to Jenny alone. Stella, knowing that she does not have long to live, records a message (not to be heard whilst Stella is alive) in which she reveals to Jenny, the dreadful secret she has kept in her heart for so many years. As the truth becomes clear to Jenny and she decides to take positive action in her life, little does she know that her life is about to take an unexpected (and unwelcome) turn.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars chills and heartbreak 7 Oct 2001
By A Customer
one of my favourite barbara vine novels. although it's about loss and disappointment, about bitter and hidden truths, about loves lost and hearts broken, it is one of vine's warmest books. the protagonists are sympathetic and people you care for. rarley, it seems to me, has vine written with so much love for her characters. a bad-time-feel-good-book, but in the typical vine vein.yes, there's chills, fear and violent death.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the past extends its tentacles 20 Feb 2004
By RachelWalker TOP 500 REVIEWER
Genevieve Warner, a young woman trapped in a hopeless affair and a loveless marriage, works at Middleton Hall, a home for the elderly. Most of the residents are pleasant enough, contentedly reminiscing about their lives to their carers, but Stella is different. Stella and Genevieve immediately form a bond, taking to one another, seeing little bits of their own personality and situation within the other. Unlike other residents, though, Stella is sharp, smart, and in control, and she does not share the memories of her past, so retains a definite air of mystery. But Stella is dying of lung-cancer, and now she feels a desperate need to tell someone the story of her eventful life, so that her secrets do not die with her, following her into the grave, unknown forever. Thus, she decides to tell her story to Genevieve, slowly unfolding a tale that is moving, powerful, and, ultimately, subtly horrific.
This, "The Brimstone Wedding", is yet another masterpiece of atmospheric fiction from Barbara Vine (Ruth Rendell). Yet again she synthesises her twin storylines one in the past, one in the present brilliantly, and they eerily mirror each other down the generations. She builds the atmosphere brilliantly in both the time periods, and the suspense is continually ratcheted up, helped along by subtle and tantalising hints as to what exactly Stella’s shocking secret could possibly be.
This time around, the characters are also more likeable than is the norm for a Vine novel, so it has a warmer, deceptively (and dangerously) cosy feel, which is juxtaposed with the usual chilly atmosphere and down-to-the-bones and wonderfully detached writing style. They’re characters you are motivated to care deeply about, which serves to make this not only a powerful in places but also very moving.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Vine 2 Aug 2012
By Rossi
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This all starts very ordinarily in a residential home in Suffolk where genteel Stella is dying of cancer. She begins to confide in Genevieve (Jenny) her carer, who has lived all her dull life and loveless marriage in the same village and as Stella knows she doesn't have long to live, she tells Jenny about a passionate affair she once had and a secret house where she would meet her lover. Coincidentally Jenny has also started an affair with businessman Ned and when Stella gives her the keys to the forgotten house, it becomes a love nest for them too. But why has the house been left untouched for so long and what happened there?

For me as a reader, there is nothing better than discovering an unread Barbara Vine to immerse myself into. Excellent writing style (there are two main characters and Rendell cleverly allows the reader to empathise with both, feel what they are feeling, like who they like and dislike who they don't) discreet clues are dropped along the way, loved the untouched and remote dusty old house with the sixties gowns still in the wardrobe, Ford Anglia in the garage and champagne in the fridge - the nostalgia of it all. Nobody could touch Ruth Rendell in her prime, I absolutely loved it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of her best 19 Jun 2012
I am a great fan of BV, and think this is one of the most memorable. It's quite a simple story without too many characters. The stories of Jenny and Stella interweave well and the endings of both love affairs seem plausible. well worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent chilling love story 10 May 2000
By A Customer
This novel will stay in my mind for a very long time, and even though I read this book almost two years ago (and have read many since then!) it is still my favourite novel. It is a wonderful story of a beautiful friendship struck up between a young woman and an elderly lady in a rest home. The story is written from the viewpoint of both women's lives and the characters are wonderfully portrayed and easy to identify with. For those readers who like variety, the chapters shift naturally from focusing on the younger woman's life to the elder's. It spans the lifetimes of both women, and contains exciting times, passionate times and is also VERY chilling. I especially enjoyed being able to really "see" the places Barbara Vine describes, and really "feel" the emotions and fears. Dramatic, thrilling and moving. It makes you know how you want the story to end, you'll long for it to work out how you want it to, but does it end that way...?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars very entertaining - maintained interest till the end.
A good read for holidays somewhat dated but that makes it quirky . A lesson for those contemplating an affair.
Published 13 days ago by geordie lass
4.0 out of 5 stars The Brimstone Wedding
I am never disappointed by reading Barbara Vine, only trouble is that it ends and then I have to wait for another super story
Published 4 months ago by Mrs Linda Moody
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Love all books Ruth Rendell wrote under the name of Barbara Vine - brilliant would recommend as great book to read
Published 5 months ago by June Barr
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Another great book from the wonderfull Ruth Rendell. I enjoyed it so much that I also bought the unabridged audio version to listen to in bed at night!
Published 6 months ago by Susan
5.0 out of 5 stars The great Barbara Vine
Well, it's just Barbara Vine who, whether she is BV or Ruth Rendell, is just the most superb crime writer the world has known. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Alan Rhys-Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars unique book
Have read this for a second time - 10 years apart. Still as good as I remember. I rarely read a book more than once but this book is special
Published 9 months ago by Sue
3.0 out of 5 stars Brimstone wedding
I am an avid Barbara vine ( Ruth Rendell ) fan. This novel was not one of her best but still enjoyable
Published 9 months ago by Max McNair
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok but,
Quite pleasing, I did finish it but far prefer Ruth Rendell. Perhaps I was unlucky with my first choice of this author
Published 14 months ago by Kimco
5.0 out of 5 stars One iof her best.
This was a great story and I consider it was one of her best phsycological thrillers would like more of these from her. Thanks
Published 14 months ago by Mrs phoebe a coleman
5.0 out of 5 stars Suivez le garagiste...
What deep pleasure there is to be had in revisiting my Barbara Vine collection. You can read her to see what happens or had happened or you can choose to leisurely inhabit the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mrs. Katharine Kirby
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