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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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A little slow but worth it

I enjoyed this book. Although it isn't a super suspenseful thriller it's still a very interesting listen. If you don't fall in love with the story at the beginning then you probably won't like the book. It also is probably best suited for a younger audience.

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I wanted to love this story BUT pacing was slow.

I wanted to love this story BUT the pacing was incredibly slow. The entire story was split into BEFORE and AFTER which if done right, can make a great story. But it broke this one.

Each time transition BEFORE or AFTER the main event would start as a chaotic, rambling mess. The detail would finally die down and you'd see how it tied into DURING the main event for the barest glimpse before another awkward and distracting transition filled with repetitive details that didn't add to the story.


I wanted desperately to see how it all ended but after 6 hours in I had to stop. There is a diamond in the rough here if you can stomach the repetitive teenage angst and toxic behavior among peers. The narrator is a 10 and I'll definitely be checking out her other work.

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  • B. Roper
  • CUMMING, GA, United States
  • 04-13-18

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.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful