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The Absence of Nectar

7 Ratings: 4.9
A book by Kathy Hepinstall

First-person narrator Alice is a precocious eleven-year-old growing up in rural East Texas with one wish on her mind: Get rid of Simon Jester. Simon is the man who saved her mother from drowning. Simon is her mother's hero, her savior-and her new husband. … see full wiki

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Author: Kathy Hepinstall
Publisher: Putnam Adult (September 6, 2001)
7 reviews about The Absence of Nectar
review by . May 11, 2013
A smooth literary concoction of smart thrills and chills.
A multi-layered, rousing novel of suspense that fuses psychological terror and violence with childhood innocence, The Absence of Nectar is a novel that is unified by different literary genres that forms a reading experience that is not simply unique, but also intellectually edifying, entertaining and occasionally corrosively comical. The protagonists - Alice and Boone Fendar - could be an updated Texan verson of Jem and Scout Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird. But their battle is not with the evils …
Quick Tip by . June 19, 2010
I don't usually like this type of book, but I really enjoyed this novel. A great read.
review by . March 13, 2009
The Absence of Nectar
...until I turned the last page, once I'd begun this extraordinarily powerful tale of innocence and evil. When stepchildren Alice and Boone try to warn their mother of her new husband's evil intentions, she refuses the knowledge, her desire for happiness so overwhelming. Their eyes beg her to see what she will not see, and the intransigent Meg won't hear ill of Simon Jester. Until one night, she whispers to her children, "Run".      Once an average, happy family, they are broken …
review by . September 23, 2001
Its nice to read novels by up and comming novelists. This one certainly is quite captivating. Kathy Hepinstall surely knows how to interweave many twists and turns in the story. Its interesting how Boone and Persley influence each other. The description of Simon Jetser's manipulating ways surely sets the tone throughout the book. Meg surely has her weaknesses as a person but definitely surprises the reader in the end. A good account on how children can be trapped in a bad situation. This story certainly …
review by . September 11, 2001
A multi-layered, rousing novel of suspense that fuses psychological terror and violence with childhood innocence, The Absence of Nectar is a novel that is unified by different literary genres that forms a reading experience that is not simply unique, but also intellectually edifying, entertaining and occasionally corrosively comical. The protagonists - Alice and Boone Fendar - could be an updated Texan verson of Jem and Scout Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird. But their battle is not with the evils …
review by . September 11, 2001
Kathy Hepinstall's first novel "The House of Gentle Men" was an astonishingly fine first novel and sent up a red flag to those of us who are committed to reading first works. That book is a genuinely original work and the inevitable question "Can she keep this quality of writing going?" was posed.  Now comes "The Absence of Nectar" and all hints of an important writer promised in "Gentle Men" have been fulfilled. Hepinstall KNOWS how to tell a story, but more than that - she knows how …
review by . September 11, 2001
This is a wonderful, well-written book, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. There is a lot of poetry in the language, and the story flows well from beginning to end. The narrator, even though she is a young girl, never steps out of character, and the action and actions of everyone involved are completely believeable. This book was one I enjoyed so much, that I gave it to my wife and 23 year old daughter to read. Both of them had the same reaction to it that I did, so what you have here may be one …
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