The Absence of Nectar
Eleven-year-old Alice believes if she could get rid of her new stepfather, Simon, things would be as sweet as before. No one wants to believe that the pieces of his tragic past don't fit together--or that he's trying to poison Alice and her older brother. Until the one night her mother comes to kiss her goodnight and instead whispers a single word--"Run!"
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