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The Brimstone Wedding
     

The Brimstone Wedding

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by Barbara Vine, Laural Merlington (Read by)
 

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Unlike the other residents of Middleton Hall, Stella is elegant, smart and in control. Only Jenny, her care assistant, knows that she harbours a painful secret, and only she can prevent Stella from carrying it to the grave. As the women talk, Jenny pieces together the answers to many questions that arise: Why has she kept possession of a house that her family

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Unlike the other residents of Middleton Hall, Stella is elegant, smart and in control. Only Jenny, her care assistant, knows that she harbours a painful secret, and only she can prevent Stella from carrying it to the grave. As the women talk, Jenny pieces together the answers to many questions that arise: Why has she kept possession of a house that her family don't know about? What happened there that holds the key to a distant tragedy? As Jenny uses the house to meet her lover, she makes some unusual discoveries, but only when Stella leaves Jenny her tape recorder, into which she has recorded the true events of the past, can the truth be finally - and shockingly - revealed.

Barbara Vine is the pen-name of Ruth Rendell. She has won many awards, including the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger and two Edgars from the Mystery Writers of America. She has also won the Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger. In 1996 she was awarded the CBE and in 1997 became a Life Peer.

One of Britain's finest actresses, Juliet Stevenson has an established reputation on stage, television and film. She has appeared with the RSC in As You Like It, and as Madame de Tourvel in Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Film roles include Evie in Being Julia, Annie Pierrepoint in The Last Hangman and Diana Vreeland in Infamous, while on TV she has appeared in The Politician's Wife, Place of Execution and Hear the Silence.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561008650
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
02/01/1996
Edition description:
Abridged

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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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