“Candy is beside me, drenched in sweat. She’s breathing gently, long slow breaths. I imagine her soul going in and out: wanting to leave, wanting to come back, wanting to leave, wanting to come back. The day will soon harden into what we need to do. But for now we have each other. . . .”

He met Candy amid a lush Sydney summer. Gorgeous, sexy, free-spirited Candy. They fell in love fast, lots of laughter and lust, the days melting warmly into each other. He never planned to give her a habit. But she wanted a taste. And wasn’t love, after all, about sharing lives? Candy had a bit of money and in the beginning, everything was beautiful. Heady, heroin-hazed days, the world open and inviting. But when the money ran out, the craving remained, and the days ceased their luxurious stretch.

But there was still love. Only now, it was a threesome. Heroin had its own demands, its own timetable, and thoughts of nabbing the next fix hurled them into each day. Then, when desperation sets in, Candy will stop at nothing to secure a blast, as she and her lover become hostage to the nightmarish world of addiction.

Painful, sexy, tender, and charged with dark humor, Candy provocatively charts the daily rituals of two lovers maintaining a long-term junk habit. Told in stunningly vivid prose and set against the backdrop of suburban and urban Australia, Candy is both an electrifying and frightening glimpse of contemporary life and love.

The Review

Candy is quite the bleak love story of two drug addicts. Two heroin junkies moving around and sharing their life together around Australia. It’s a slow burning story and you’ll likely stay interested in it for the entire duration of the book.

It’s hard to write a book about someone else, so it’s likely a part of your experiences. Candy takes on a long time and it’s easy to drop the story at any point. It’s not as beautiful as other stories, but it’s coherent enough to make sense. It’s not a masterpiece, but it is only ever partially shoddy.

This is among the the first books I read about modern day addiction and it can keep you satisfied. It’s a tragic read and if you’re in the right mood, you likely won’t put it down. The characters are easy to sympathize with, albeit it can be a little boring.

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