by Kathy Hepinstall (read August 2006) Rating: 3.75/5
This book is one in a three part theme-read I'm doing. My nephew lent me Nectar in a Sieve and I own Nectar from a Stone. It just seemed to me if I was going to read 2 books with the word 'nectar' in the title, then I should round it out and read 3, so I checked out Absence of Nectar from the library. The books themselves are not related in any way except they all contain the word 'nectar' in their titles. Three just seemed to be the satisfying, mystical , correct number if I was going to do a theme read. Two is not enough, four would be okay I guess, but three seems "just right". How's that for logic?
The Absence of Nectar is about a 12-yr-old girl, Alice, and her 14-y-old brother, Boone, who believe their religiously zealous step-father is trying to poison them. Their mother is emotionally weak with a great need for approval from her husband, so she turns a blind eye to her children's plight. To add to the weirdness of their lives, Boone writes letters to a teenage girl committed to a mental hospital for killing her parents.
I enjoyed this book, but don't think it's a must read. I wouldn't mind reading something else by this author.