Written By: Malin Persson Giolito

Narrated By: Saskia Maarleveld

Date: March 2017

Duration: 12 hours 53 minutes



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.


  • Rosemarie H

    This is an interesting read on a few levels. The author addresses a wide variety of societal malaises from dysfunction in the privileged class to morality and the justice system to immigration issues. All this is wrapped up in the story of a teenage girl who is courted by the son of a mega-rich dad and then becomes entangled in his psychological unravelling way beyond her control.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Johan H.

    well written book with an interesting perspective.


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