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Named an NPR "BEST BOOKS OF 2017"

Named the Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year by the Swedish Crime Writers Academy

An incisive courtroom thriller and a drama that raises questions about the nature of love, the disastrous side effects of guilt, and the function of justice

A mass shooting has taken place at a prep school in Stockholm's wealthiest suburb. Eighteen-year-old Maja Norberg is charged for her involvement in the massacre that left her boyfriend and her best friend dead. She has spent nine months in jail awaiting trial. Now the time has come for her to enter the courtroom. How did Maja--popular, privileged, and a top student--become a cold-blooded killer in the eyes of the public? What did Maja do? Or is it what she failed to do that brought her here?

Malin Persson Giolito has written a perceptive portrayal of a teenage girl and a blistering indictment of a society that is coming apart. A work of great literary sensibility, Quicksand touches on wealth, class, immigration, and the games children play among themselves when parents are no longer attuned to their struggles.
Publisher: New York : Other Press, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781590518571
Branch Call Number: FIC Perss
Characteristics: 501 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Quick sand


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Dec 08, 2017

This book had so much to offer. It is a deviation from the typical Scandinavian crime mystery/thriller. It is told from the perspective of the defendant as the story unfolds in court as well as what she thought and felt while in jail.
It dealt with issues that affect not only the Swedish people, but people throughout the world. It was thought provoking as well as being a well told story. I found the conclusion to be powerful and made the book worth the read.

A gripping, many layered read with themes of class and race, mental illness, teenage relationships, parental responsibility and violence. Highly recommended for anyone who likes crime fiction or culturally relevant stories.

athompson10 Jun 20, 2017

Keeps you guessing until the end. Maja is arrested as a co-perpetrator of a school shooting, but was she a victim instead? The story goes between current time (Maja in jail and on trial) and the past. Suspenseful, interesting and very very sad.

May 28, 2017

Boring - to much time spent with Maja in jail awaiting trial -

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