Helen Reichert Lambin

“Grief, guilt, loneliness, longing, denial, anger, growth, mistakes, love, and hope: all are part of Vicki Salloum’s moving and honest novel about the death of a husband after serious, prolonged illness. In it, the words are directed to the narrator’s deceased husband. That can be a challenge. And it works. It is a moving and honest book that makes very immediate the feelings of loss and disbelief when you lose the one you love. At the same time, it is a story of hope. Arabella, the narrator, has a rocky path. But it leads to remembering love with gratitude, along with sorrow. And it leads to learning to live with –not just survive—loss.”

–Helen Reichert Lambin, Author of The Death of a Husband: Reflections for a Grieving Wife



“ . . . Drugs, meths dealing, disconnection from family, lost friendship, familial abuse, poverty, a lack of trust in authority, allied with an almost evangelical urge to be better than what’s gone before . . . ”
-Col Colman

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Small Press Bookwatch, April 2016

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf:

“A riveting read from first page to last, Candyland is replete with unexpected twists and surprising turns. Clearly author Vicki Salloum is an exceptionally gifted novelist and one that will leave her readers looking eagerly toward her new effort. Candyland is very highly recommended for community library General Fiction collections . . .

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Antigravity: April 2016

“As thrillers go, Candyland is a standout mainly for its main character, one Lazara Maria Soto, a teenager
who aspires to pull herself out of the orbit of her drug making and dealing family any way she can, as
long as it’s legal . . . It is that student-mentor relationship between the teenager and the lawyer that
keeps readers turning pages, possibly laying a foundation for a series of Soto-Hutchins novels. Though it
could use some polish here and there, Candyland is an intriguing, if raw, gem . . . “

-Leigh Checkman

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