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The Absence of Nectar
The Absence of Nectar
Author: 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. He's an enigmatic man whose own family, he says, mysteriously drowned. — But soon it becomes...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780399148019
ISBN-10: 0399148019
Publication Date: 9/10/2001
Pages: 304
Rating:
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4 stars, based on 31 ratings
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette
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Helpful Score: 5
And now for a dissenting review. Most readers have loved this book and praised it endlessly. I didn't care for this book at all. It is incredibly slow moving. You have to read more than 250 pages for anything interesting to happen. The book could have benefited from a few more rewrites and better editing. The novel is way too long, boring and the weak willed mother's sudden awakening at the end was a ridiculous wrap up to the story. I still have two of her other books to read. They will probably go to the end of my endless TBR pile.
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Helpful Score: 4
This book was alot different than I thought it would be. I liked it alot. You got to know the children and felt for them having to live day to day scared that their step dad was
going to kill them. Then they had to deal with the mom that was too wrapped up in having a
baby for her new husband that she was in her own little world. The girl that they wonder
about that is in a hospital for the insane keeps escaping and she finds herself becoming
curious about the brother that writes to her. Very interesting turns and twists till the
end.
reviewed The Absence of Nectar on + 26 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
A little boring in the beginning but it does pick up. Actually I was quite surprised that it turned out as good as it did.
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Helpful Score: 2
Very good book, the story of two kids living with an abusive stepfather, yet there is also a mystery to it.
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Helpful Score: 2
It was an entertaining read with some nice plot twists and a solid story.
It starts in the present and then takes you back to the beginning of the story when the stepfather enters their lives and the reader does not know what happens next until the end (which added to the suspense for me).
It was one of those books that was hard to put down, but was frustrating because you wanted to jump into the book and shake some sense into some of the characters.
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reviewed The Absence of Nectar on + 31 more book reviews
I really didn't find this book "suspensful" as others have described it. Not enough interest in it to be on the lookout for other books by Hepinstall.
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Iread this book straight through. It has a little mystery and suspense but mostly it is about relationships. The characters are believable. I dfinitly will look for other books by this author.
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From the front inset: "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--her new husband. He's an enigmatic man whose own family, he says, mysteriously drowned. But soon it becomes that Simon's family did not drown."
This is a really great book. I greatly recommend it.


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