The Brimstone Wedding by Barbara Vine

Jenny Warden, a care-assistant in a hospice befriends Stella Newland, a resident with lung cancer. As Stella gradually reveals the events of her life, parallels are drawn to Jenny’s own. A vanished film star and a secret house add to the intrigue until the terrible truth of the brimstone wedding is revealed. Helen Carter reviews The Brimstone Wedding by Ruth Rendell, writing as Barbara Vine