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While it looks like I am in the minority compared to other reviewers, I really found this book a big disappointment It definitely wasn t a thriller as it has been touted and it was very repetitive.At times it read like a bad teen romance novel I only contuined to read to the end so I could see the verdict and that only covered a page.I believe books with a similar theme such as We need to talk about Kevin Nineeteen minutes were done much better. One percent of the people on earth own fifty percent of all the assets on earth The poorest half of humanity owns less than five percent of the assets on earth We don t talk about that I meanQuicksand was good, but less of a thriller than I had been expecting It lacks the suspense or tension often found in thrillers Quicksand is, however, a thought provoking psychological study on an eighteen year old woman on trial for her involvement in the mass shooting that resulted in the deaths of both her boyfriend and best friend It sheds a light on several social and economic issues such as the unfair tax system where the wealthy pay less and the poor pay , capitalism, prejudice against immigrants, the criminal justice system, classism, substance abuse, sexism, etc There is a piece of paper taped to the outside of the door it reads THE DEFENDANTAs if anyone here believes that I am going to be able to defend myself It s strange that a court, where the truth is supposed to come out, has such a difficult time saying what they mean in plain language, daring to call things by their true names.Maja is an eighteen year old senior at a prep school in a wealthy suburb When Sebastian sets his sights on her, Maja s entire world changes He is the son of Sweden s richest man, Claes Fagerman He is a whole other world of wealth and Maja s parents are thrilled at the thought of their daughter with the Claes s son Maja is thrown into this exciting life with legendary parties seeming to love it all until she notices something darker lurking underneath in the oh so charismatic Sebastian.The story is a very slow developing one It takes a while to flesh out the characters while also setting the stage for the shooting and the courtroom proceedings The chapters jump around between the courtroom, Maja s life in jail awaiting trial, and the events leading up to the shooting I enjoyed getting the full picture, but that wasn t worth letting the narrative feel so disjointed It didn t particularly flow well I would ve preferred the timeline to be a bitclearI hear you, Maja, I hear you But I m having a hard time understanding why you would write that if you didn t mean it Do you often say things you don t meanQuicksand is told in first person The portrayal of the media s impact on the trial was fascinating, as well as the look at the criminal justice system I appreciate the sharp social commentary I just think the opportunity to fuel the pages with suspense, twists and a final explosive wtf moment were missed I kept waiting for the story to shock me for reasons tied to the crime rather than only shocking me with societal issues If I had gone into the story with the correct expectations, my rating would be higher If you are looking for a Dangerous Girls, this isn t that book If you are looking for a taut, insightful drama that tackles major social and economic issues, this is an excellent one to read. [Read Kindle] ☪ Störst av allt ☦ 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 LA PALUDE DI STOCCOLMAMaja, Maria Norberg, 18 anni.Mi ci voluto del tempo per lasciarmi conquistare, pi di qualche pagina all inizio ero spinto solo dalla curiosit , poi man mano diventato interesse, e piacere, sono stato catturato da Maja e dal suo racconto in prima persona.All inizio, invece, questa adolescente che ha appena compiuto diciotto anni, mi sembrava si sforzasse di fare la gggiovane usando termini, soprannomi, maiuscole che per convenzione rimandano alla sua et All inizio mi sembrava che la voce di Malin Persson Giolito mal si adattasse a quella di Maja Maria Anche a causa di frasi cos Per la prima volta intuivo quanto sarebbe stato facile per lui morire la morte a un solo battito di distanza dalla vita.Po i, come ho detto, sono entrato nel gioco, mi ci sono calato Sebastian Fagerman, un anno pi di Maja.Si comincia subito in tromba all interno della classe di un liceo per terra c sangue, morti, un ferito, fucili, bossoli stata appena commessa una strage bench limitata, i morti sono quattro pi un ferito E tranne un professore, gli altri sono studenti L unica sopravvissuta una ragazza coperta di sangue dallo sguardo stravolto Maja, diminutivo di Maria Maja viene soccorsa e appena si capisce che non ferita, viene arrestata e isolata, non deve avere contatti n col mondo esterno n con quello carcerario, niente e nessuno deve poter corrompere le indagini, Maja va interrogata vergine E quindi, i suoi genitori non possono vederla A sinistra Amanda, la migliore amica di Maja, come due sorelle Amanda tra i morti, uccisa proprio da Maja.E Maja ha solo diciotto anni compiuti da poco era fidanzata con Sebastian, il figlio minore dell uomo pi ricco di Svezia Anche Sebastian tra i morti si capisce presto che Maja ha aiutato Sebastian a commettere la strage, ha poi sparato al suo ragazzo per suicidarlo , e lei rimasta viva perch non ha avuto il coraggio di terminarsi.Evidentemente qualcosa non quadra in questa ricostruzione La giustizia svedese riuscir a celebrare il processo con tanto di sentenza finale in sole tre settimane, dal luned al venerd , dalle 10 di mattina alle 4 del pomeriggio, incluso break for lunch, e con il venerd pi corto perch hanno tutti fretta di iniziare il weekend.Tutti tranne Maja che vive sabati e domeniche di totale solitudine e isolamento, senza neppure le botte di vita delle udienze processuali Le fanno passare nove mesi di isolamento assoluto, con una sola ora d aria al giorno Poi, se vuole, biblioteca, prete, palestra ma sempre senza contatti umani a parte le guardie carcerarie Una di queste, una donna, particolarmente gentile ed empatica verso la giovanissima detenuta.Maja in tribunale con il suo avvocato difensore.La stampa martella, l opinione pubblica assolutamente convinta che Maja sia un mostro, un assassina, e anche una vigliacca, visto che ha avuto paura di morire a sua volta ed sopravvissuta.Eppure Maja era popolare, benvoluta, stimata Lei stessa di famiglia agiata, vive nella parte pi esclusiva di Stoccolma e frequenta il locale liceo, il teatro della strage.Sebastian con accanto suo padre, una delle scelte di cast e costume pi sbagliate, assolutamente inverosimile nella parte Maja che ci parla, che racconta, che rivive, ripercorre, ricostruisce Quando sembra non farcela, dove si ha l impressione che anche il suo ricordo sfumi e si faccia incerto, vago, sopraggiunge il lavoro del suo avvocato, il miglior penalista di Svezia.Questi ricchi figli di ricchi hanno rapporti laschi coi loro genitori, non tutti, ma quasi rapporti, invece, intensi con diversi tipi di droga e alcol sesso con la libert che la Svezia ci ha insegnato Di chi la colpa, di questa societ viziata A me pare che Malin Persson Giolito eviti questa facile risposta Come evita i colpi di scena, riduce al minimo gli interrogatori che potrebbero essere sorgente di informazioni importanti per affidare tutto alla voce di Maja Che scava, pensa, riflette, dimentica, ricorda questo il pregio del romanzo, quello che lo rende diverso dalla maggior parte dei thriller, questa scelta sotto traccia, low key.E Malin Persson Giolito vince la sua sfida, riesce dove molti altri finiscono con l essere usuali, scontati.La serie tv dimostra ancora una volta che c notevole indulgenza per le serie tivvu e Netflix non solo s visto molto di molto meglio, ma ha diversi problemi, spesso le situazioni sembrano poco credibili, come lo sono molte scelte di cast l uomo pi ricco di Svezia con sgargianti pochette manco fosse un qualsiasi Ricucci si inventano una sequenza che nel libro non c , potenzialmente grandiosa la ricostruzione sul luogo del delitto e la sciupano con una regia e un montaggio pedestre Ci detto, senza il confronto col romanzo, regge Peccato ne rimanga escluso il mistero Maja il mistero di questa adolescente che cos sapientemente Malin Persson Giolito sa costruire. 4.5 Right from the first two pages, we know the premise of this extraordinary book an attractive, popular teenager named Maja Norberg and her troubled, incredibly wealthy boyfriend Sebastian opened fire in a classroom in a tony Stockholm prep school Maja s best friend and Sebastian die in the shooting and there s little doubt that Maja did it.But does that make her guilty Quicksand, dubbed a literary thriller, isliterary than thriller Those who love suspenseful whodunnits and why did they do it should likely look elsewhere That being said, for those who enjoy page turning and perceptive literary books could do a lot worse than to read Quicksand.The chapters alternate between Maja s current life, languishing in jail and participating in a highly publicized trial, and the events that led up to the tragic event One thing becomes clear Maja s parents and best friend are thrilled with her relationship with the very wealthy Sebastian, and as a result, turn a blind eye to her struggles with his dark side It becomes increasingly obvious that at barely eighteen, she does not have the emotional resources to cope and is inadvertently left high and dry by those who can support her.Malin Persson Giolito goes beyond Maja s story to depict a Swedish society that contrary to popular perceptions is surprisingly similar to ours, with class distinctions, worship of the most affluent, disdain for immigrants, failure of parenting Eventually, readers will need to draw their own conclusions who is truly guilty of this crime Is it the perpetrator herself or is it the society that failed her Is Maja the creature that the tabloids created or is the situation farnuanced This may not be a thriller in the classic sense of the word, but it is provocative, insightful, and definitely page turning. There is a reason this Swedish novel rocketed to the top of Europe s bestseller lists It has everything enormous wealth, inequality, immigration, teenage angst, drugs, sex, and death but it also has whip smart writing, the constraints of law, the quiet and unbreakable bonds of family Entirely suitable for teens, this is a YA title worthy of the designation.Told from the point of view of a young woman just out of high school, this story recounts how Maja awaited her trial on school shooting and multiple murder charges Maja herself is silent We only hear the voice inside her head It is a legal thriller easily as good as America s Scott Turow, John Grisham, Marcia Clark at the height of their powers.Headlines scream MASSACRE AT DJURSHOLM UPPER SECONDARY SCHOOL GIRL IN CUSTODYandCLAES FAGERMAN MURDERED SON S GIRLFRIEND DEMAND HE MUST DIE We are inside the jail, inside Maja s confused thoughts as she contemplates her imprisonment, and remembers moments in her past which illuminate her present Readers are skeptical of any reason which seeks absolution for such a heinous crime Maja s lawyer is one of the most famous in Sweden, taking unpopular, unwinnable cases Our emotions seesaw between a kind of sympathy for an ordinary teen and the extraordinary circumstances of her imprisonment.We wrestle with big issues like the statement that the truth is whatever we choose to believe, and innocence until prove guilty And the voice of Maja is piquant and high school observant not a single person has ever believed that Mom is the person she pretends to be But she keeps pretending anyway And for the most part, people are polite about it and leave her alone Dad s money is hardly even fifteen minutes old And he doesn t have enough of it to compensate he thinks boarding school taught him what it takes to fit in, what he has to do for high class people to think he s one of them He s wrong, of course We are talking about the rich and the ultra rich That in itself is an interesting perspective on high school life in Sweden yacht trips in the Mediterranean, weekend jaunts to southern islands, parties that bring in musicians and YouTube specialists from America, multiple homes, corporate planes you get the picture But there is also an immigrant community in the town and the wealth discrepancy is radical We have so many dichotomies examined in this novel between parents youth, wealth the lack of it, white dark skins to name a few.But what is best about this drama are the legal arguments First we hear the prosecutor do her best to lay out the case against the defendant That, and the newspapers give the court of public opinion plenty to work with until the defense can present a few counter arguments in the weeks that follow In the defense, we get a careful step by step unpicking of the prosecutor s almost airtight case for murder It is masterful.Maja is uniquely well off and privileged, but is she uniquely evil Statistically, one could argue it is unlikely But so muchis uncovered in the course of the trial that we cannot break away What would cause a well educated woman of privilege to behave in this way Giolito places an articulate corporate American PhD and editor in chief of a prestigious business publication in the position of giving a talk before the high school Maja attends, and she explicates the argument America is undergoing right now, played out by our political parties wrangling over tax policy We must be cautious about the social contract Both parties must uphold their side of the agreement We must have comprehensible equity It is not fair if the welfare system is bankrolled by low and middle income earners If large corporations pay less in taxes than their small and medium size colleagues, that is not what the social contract looks like I don t want to take the fun out of this spectacular book for you Academics, teachers, high school students, lawyers, ordinary citizens will all find this beautifully written and translated novel a page turner This is Malin Persson Giolito s English language debut Let s show her American gratitude and support so we can get all her novels published here Giolito has worked as a lawyer and for the European Commission in Brussels, where she lives with her husband and three daughters She has entered the ranks of the best legal thriller writers working today The translation by Rachel Willson Broyles is exceptional Published by Other Press. A high octane crime thriller It starts with a school shooting 4 students and a teacher are shot Only Maja remains Did she do it and why The novel switches between the intense courtroom scenes and flashbacks of events that led Maja to be in that classroom in the end It is a fantastic portrayal of the teenage mind, and how unsettling it can become The characters felt real, I chose pretty early on which side I was on and so waiting for the jury verdict was as pulse pumping as if I was sat in the audience A great read, highly recommend to anyone interested in getting into the minds of characters affected by an issue that is unfortunately becomingcommon in the present day. I was quite excited to have won this in the Goodreads Giveaways as it looked very intriguing since it was dubbed as Sweden s best crime novel of 2016 However, I ve decided disappointingly not to finish it as I just can t get into it even though I ve made it to page 122 I could quite possibly be in the minority looking at reviews of this book, but I found it to be very slow and repetitive and just didn t go anywhere The premise of the book sounds great, and I was hooked at the prologue but that s about all I can say good about it Of course this is just my opinion if you like courtroom dramas with lots of very descriptive first person narrative then you should love this I may or may not return to it one day, but there s too manybooks to be read to continue with a book I m struggling with. Ever sine Columbine, school shootings have seemed endemic to the United States, happening way to often, always devastating and difficult to understand When I saw this was set in Sweden I was intrigued Maja is a senior in high school when this novel takes place but will soon find herself in prison and on trial What did she do What did she know, and when did she know it Management is our narrator and she takes us into her time before the shootings, her time in jail, her talks with her lawyers and her trial It is an intense and extensive Character portrayal of how she felt, before, during and after It is very well done, albeit lengthy, and often intense All the things that went wrong, things that should have and could have gone differently, people who should have interceded, authority figures who should have hadsense, but didn t Although I realize that this is fiction, and would not hold true in all cases, this book providedinsight into why these things happen, and the conditions that lead up to them, than any other book I have read, or any of the mental health talking heads I have watched and listened to on television A very well done and thought out novel.ARC from Other Press publishers.