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Publisher's Summary

Quicksand is 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. Maja Norberg is 18 years old and on trial for her involvement in the massacre where her boyfriend and best friend were killed. When the novel opens, Maja has spent nine excruciating months in jail awaiting trial. Now the time has come for her to enter the courtroom. But how did Maja, the good girl next door who was popular and excelled at school, become the most hated teenager in the country? What did Maja do? Or is it what she didn't do that brought her here?

©2017 Malin Persson Giolito (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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Long

Can't believe I stuck with this whole story. It was not particularly exciting but it was well narrated and that's probably what kept my attention. No huge surprises so be prepared to coast along till the end.

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Good at times, but not Amazing

Would you listen to Quicksand again? Why?

I'm drawn to school shooting fiction and was really excited about this book. It started slow but picked, but there were some areas where there was backtracking. I would not listen to it again because it was really long and was repetitive in some areas.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Maybe a change or perspective, or at a faster pace.

Have you listened to any of Saskia Maarleveld’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, the narrator was really good though.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, but it was enjoyable.

Any additional comments?

It was a good book, kept my interest, but did not blow my mind.

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Great book

love how this book puts you in the mind of someone accused. Readers love seemed to fit character.

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Starts off really intriguing

Then it lost me somewhere in the middle. I managed to finish it, but I never got exited again. It is interesting to be inside the head of someone who is on charge for a serious crime though.

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Maybe More Teen-Age Romantic Angst Than Mystery

Thin plot line. Focused on ill-fated teen-age romance of the ultra-rich, Repetitive and grows ever more tiresome. Anti-novel.

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School Shooting Swedish Style

Did you ever wonder what it was like inside the mind of an alleged school shooter? One of those kids caught up in a teenage drama with killer overtonesis the heroin in this novel.

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Incredibly boring

What would have made Quicksand better?

The monotone delivery of a self absorbed teenager...how could it be made better?

Has Quicksand turned you off from other books in this genre?

First person novels absolutely depend upon the voice, not the story or other characters or any other element. This one fails utterly.

How could the performance have been better?

Perhaps delivered by a live narrator?

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None

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I couldn't wait to get back to the book each day.

I was recommending this book to friends and colleagues before I had finished it. I found myself thinking about Mya between listening sessions and wondering if she was guilty or innocent. Well written and well read/narrated.

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  • Liz
  • PA, United States
  • 05-02-17

Excellent Story

Well written, well read , interesting story a teenage girl's dark turn into the life of her mentally disturbed boyfriend's world and the repercussions that followed.

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  • John
  • tallevast, FL, United States
  • 04-03-17

If you like Tana French

You may also enjoy this Author... Maybe Gillian Flynn - But not as dark.

On the positive side. The story had a lot of promise and came together fairly well at the end. The narrator definitely made this book possible for me to finish. I don't think I would have with a different narrator but I may have if I was reading it.

On the negative side. The story was definitely longer than it needed to be, filled with some storylines that just took up space in the book. The back-and-forth was a little annoying - Going from past to present.

I also didn't like the author telling me what I was thinking or how I interpreted her story... You'll know when you get there.

I guess I would recommend it. Just be ready for a lot of story.

J

0 of 1 people found this review helpful