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We Need to Talk About Kevin meets The Secret History.
The air is hazy and grey with gunpowder smoke. Everyone has been shot but me. I haven't got so much as a bruise....
Is Maja a normal eighteen-year-old, the poster girl-next-door, popular and excelling at her schoolwork, caught in the middle of a terrible tragedy? Or is she guilty of the tragedy itself?
Either way, everyone knows her name. She has spent nine excruciating months in jail, awaiting trial for a mass murder that killed her boyfriend and her best friend, and now the time has come for her to enter the courtroom...
WHAT WILL YOU BELIEVE?
This is the 'compelling and brutally candid' (Daily Mail) story of a girl whose guilt was decided long before her trial - as searing as it is timely and moving.
***What people are saying about QUICKSAND***
Sensitive, moving and absorbing’ Marcel Berlins, The Times
‘This is the evolution of Scandinavian crime, in more ways than one’ Fredrik Backman
'Compelling and brutally candid, especially about modern adolescence, this is not a comfortable book, but the story is so superbly told that it lingers in the mind long after the jury’s verdict' Daily Mail
'A suspenseful and addictive experience… [Giolito] expertly delves into the fickle psyche of the media and how they can change a story’s narrative with one headline and she shames the press’s tendency to report wild conjecture over facts… Though Giolito’s perspective is Swedish, it absolutely translates to a greater global crisis' Real Crime
'Giolito gives us the unsettling monologue of a teenage girl as she works her way through her role in murder. It is a splendid work of fiction' Kirkus Reviews
'Gioloto’s novel is haunting and immersive' Publishers Weekly
'Mystery and intrigue in its purest form. Great book, recommended to all' Marg J., bookseller
'A fascinating, often uncomfortable, but thoroughly engrossing read' Sarah B.
‘Sweden's latest blockbuster thriller lives up to the hype' Washington Post
'Maja [is] a heroine you will not forget, victim of a toxic love story with a background so familiar to us nowadays... a super thriller – a real page-turner’
'I have never read a book by a Swedish author so when Quicksand became available I decided that it was the perfect opportunity to try. I certainly wasn't disappointed' Diane Hogg, NetGalley Reviewer 5*
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Privileged teenager Maja Norberg is awaiting trial for her part in a Stockholm school massacre. What she did and why she did it isn’t initially clear but the absorbing story that unfolds is more than a simple crime thriller. Told in courtroom scenes and flashbacks with unflagging tension and intrigue, Quicksand digs into intensifying issues of class, race, and immigration in Sweden. A former lawyer, Persson Giolito also asks thought-provoking questions about guilt and culpability—and you’ll be pondering the answers long after you’ve turned the final page.
Gioloto's English-language debut, a bestseller in her native Sweden, reads like an adaptation of a ripped-from-the-headlines arc of Law & Order. Chapter headings resemble timeline captions on a TV screen "Week 1 of Trial: Friday" and the novel proceeds chronologically, starting with "The Classroom" where the crime happened. A high school student named Maria Norberg, aka Maja, is on trial for the murder of several classmates, and she meticulously recounts her experience in a remote first-person voice. With Maja treating the reader as a confidant, key bits of exposition arrive idiosyncratically, and the backstory comes together small piece by small piece, like a jigsaw puzzle. Maja pleads not guilty; her charming lawyer Peter Sander places the blame squarely on fellow student Sebastian Fagerman, one of the victims. It's not until more than 100 pages in that the names (and number) of the victims are listed. This methodical and straightforward plotting, in the tradition of Barbara Vine, may either tantalize or frustrate American readers used to a crackling pace and a surfeit of twists. Nevertheless, Gioloto's novel is haunting and immersive.