The Brimstone Wedding
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 differ...more
The two form a bond, bo ...more
I have been seeking to understand the nature of ‘Barbara Vine’ – and my conclusion is ‘less gritty and more literary’ than Ruth Rendell writing in her own name. Notwithstanding, in The Brimstone Wedding she delivers a page-turner through the simple device of hope, and demonstrates that suspense is by no means dependent upon the ever-p ...more
Jenny works at a retirement home and becomes close to Stella, one of the patients. They both have their secrets, and this brings them closer as they reveal to the other. Jenny is just beginning her secret life, but dreams of being close to the unordinary, in touch with superstition and the macabre. In the unfolding events of the story she loses ...more
The story of two women, one a caretaker at a nursing home, the other an older woman dying of cancer. They become more than caregiver-resident as they talk about their lives, loves, and 'what might have been,' finally moving on to something even worse: 'what was.'
The minute detail of this book ...more
First of. all I love the title. Very fitting after learning the meaning of it.
Secondly, I love how the author took her time presenting the stories especially with two women whose lives seem somewhat similar.
Third of all, I'm very well pleased how well it was written in order to bring English county, characters. and etc come alive and vividly. I also love how the author was ...more
At first blush, the premise of this story is a bit hokey. THE BRIMSTONE WEDDING is about a seemingly reserved and proper housewife, Stella Newland, who begins to confide in her carer, Geneieve Warner, about her secrets. They are both women of secrets: Stella's 30 year old love affair and Geneieve's brand-new one. Stella reminsence of the past, however, isn't all roses: she hints that she knows about the disappearance of Gild ...more
My favorite Rendell opening line, from A Judgement in Stone, is: "Eunice Parchman killed the Coverdale family because she could not read or write." There's the ending, right there. But as you read on, not only do you have even more questions (Why is she going to kill them? Why ...more
The story was very detailed and drew me in immediately. There are two main characters. Genevieve "Jenny" is the thirty-two-year-old who works at an upscale retirement home and sees to the needs of the tenants. Stella is 72 and is suffering from l ...more
I never write reviews but this book sucked. I read it because I was out of books and it came up on an Amazon list for the week or month's lower priced books for my Kindle. The summary seemed interesting enough but the book was written in such a confusing way.
There are 2 points of view throughout the story- Stella and Jenny. Normally, that's not a problem in a book if its made clear when the POV is changing but with this book, I found myself rereading sections because I'd realize that I had be ...more
A story about dull marriages, uninterested husbands and philandering wives.
A story of2 marriages separated by at least a score of years, the connecting thread being the same house used for rendezvous by the wives with their married lovers.
The older lady is now a terminal cancer patient in an institute being taken care of by he younger lady.
the events take time to untold, as conversations between the two,as well as soliloquy by the you ...more
'Love is a frightening thing. I realise that I'm frightened so much of the time, afraid of losing him, afarid of discovery...infear of not being his equal, of not matching up to what he wants, of him changing because he is disillusioned'. p.185
As with many Vines, there are parallel stories - Jenny is in the thrall of her first extra-marital affair, when Stella Newland, one of the patients in the nursing home where Jenny works, reveals a secret to Jenny that not even her children know: she owns a house a few miles aw ...more
After reading 2-3 books by Barbara Vine and thoroughly liking them, expectations were high but ultimately doomed.
After some fifty pages into the story the outline of the tale and unfortunately even its outcome were all too clear and no real surprises in store.
Two female protagonists, contemporary, drab Jenny and the more sophisticated... already her name escapes me?! share a certain naiveté towards life, love a ...more
The ending on this one was just awful, more awful than I could have predicted. Not badly written of course, just devastating as a story. It was enough to make me go off the idea of romantic love. This is a very sad and disturbing story!
An old woman in a nursing home and a young woman who cares for her become friends, sharing confidences as time goes on. The older w ...more
And that's how it was with this one. I went in blind and I enjoyed the ride. It's not an action driven read....no, it's definitely dialogue driven, but that was enough for me.
I wish it had been about 50 pages shorter....it started to drag ...more
Rendell created a third strand of writing with the publication of A Dark Adapted Eye under her pseudonym Barbara Vine in 1986. Books such as King Solomon's Carpet, A Fatal Inversion and Anna's Book (original UK title Asta's Book) inhabit the same territory as her psychological crime novels while they further develop themes of family misunderstandings and the side effects ...more