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The Absence of Nectar

A book by Kathy Hepinstall

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Fulfilling a promise

  • Sep 11, 2001
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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 to capture the full attention of her reader to the degree that beginning her books guarantees that you'll stay with it to the end in as short a time frame as you can find. She sculpts a widely divergent cast of characters, finds the spectrum of personality traits that are intensely credible, and weaves all aspects of these variegated personalites into a tight tapestry that ignores not even a trace of extraneous debris. This book is a fine thriller of a mystery, an incredibly tender exploration of a family in disarray, and one of the better examples of the midwestern coming of age tales of its kind. Some critics may strike out at the overuse of the dysfuntional family tale, but Hepinstall uses it not as the focus of her story but as that setting that makes her tale of terror completely believable. Closing your eyes after reading a portion of this story only provides a vivid replay of events on the screen of your eyelids. With "The Absence of Nectar" (and the choice of the title summarizes the tale so well) Kathy Hepinstall establishes herself as one of the fine young writers to watch rise.

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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
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 …
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 …
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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. He's an enigmatic man whose own family, he says, mysteriously drowned.

But soon it becomes apparent that Simon's family did not drown. Alice and her brother become convinced that Simon intends to poison them. Their mother, Meg, tells her children that they have wild imaginations. Until she comes to kiss them one night, and instead of her usual endearments, whispers a single word: Run.

The Absence of Nectar is a finely wrought and suspenseful coming-of-age novel that confirms the promise of Hepinstall's highly praised debut, The House of Gentle Men.

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ISBN-10: 0399148019
ISBN-13: 978-0399148019
Author: Kathy Hepinstall
Publisher: Putnam Adult (September 6, 2001)

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