The Brimstone Wedding

The Brimstone Wedding

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by Barbara Vine, Ruth Rendell
     
 

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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. A gracious, dignified woman, who's dying in an English nursing home, reveals the secrets of her erotic past to her young caretaker.

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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. A gracious, dignified woman, who's dying in an English nursing home, reveals the secrets of her erotic past to her young caretaker.

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Library Journal
Once again, Ruth Rendell writing as Vine (e.g., No Night Is Too Long, Harmony, 1995) weaves a compelling tale of ordinary people facing extraordinary pressures. Two women, divided by age and class, share their deepest secrets in an English nursing home in which one cares for the other. There is a sense of secrecy from the start, as Jenny Warner tells dying Stella Newland about her love affair and Stella shares with Jenny the location of her secret house. Secrecy gives way to foreboding, and tension builds as details are masterfully revealed. Vine is an extraordinary storyteller, able to enthrall a reader right from the start, as she does here. Additionally, she provides a satisfying symmetry in the construction of this book, with the two women's alternating voices and the inextricable linking of their lives, as Stella dies and Jenny is virtually reborn. This is a marvel-may Vine write many more. Highly recommended.-Michele Leber, Fairfax Cty. P.L., Va.
Emily Melton
Vine's latest is certain to inspire such glowing superlatives as "brilliant," "mesmerizing," "evocative," "masterful," and "stunning," and readers are sure to be captivated by her story about two women, 70-year-old Stella Newland and 30-year-old Genevieve Warren, whose tragic love affairs intertwine and mirror each other. Stella lives at Middleton Hall, a home for well-heeled old folks, where Genevieve is a daily caregiver. Cancer-ridden but still spry, Stella loves hearing about Genevieve's life, which is so very different from Stella's own structured, straitlaced existence. Village-born and raised, Genevieve has lived a peaceful if monotonous life, married her grade-school sweetheart, and settled down to a boring, loveless marriage. Then she meets Ned, a successful television writer, and falls passionately in love. Unable to keep her happiness hidden, she confesses the affair to Stella. But Stella knows the tragic consequences of love--and as the cancer eats away at her body, she becomes determined to share her own shocking story with Genevieve before it's too late. Universal in theme and appeal, "Brimstone" is a storytelling tour de force from one of today's most provocative and intelligent writers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307801135
Publisher:
Crown/Archetype
Publication date:
12/14/2011
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
330
Sales rank:
107,236
File size:
2 MB

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"Dark, hipnotic, romantic obsession...written in a whisper."

Meet the Author

Barbara Vine is the pen-name of Ruth Rendell. She has written fourteen novels using this pseudonym, including A Fatal Inversion and King Solomon's Carpet which both 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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The Brimstone Wedding 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first Barbara Vine I have read and I was not disappointed.The dark,literate prose is wonderful. The characters so lifelike that you feel you are there with them and know them.The suspense keeps you turning pages! Subtly shocking. (Vine), makes you believe you know all the facts and then suddenly there is a new surprise! The subtle twist at the end makes your heart flutter. Immensely readable and enjoyable from beginning to end. Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do not often do reviews, however this was really such a good read, I feel I should share. The characters are real, you feel as if you know them. The story kept me reading all day. I had to know the outcome. I hope for more fom the author, I will certainly be watching eagerly for the next book.
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