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"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 eighteen 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?"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Other Press, 2017
ISBN: 9781590518588
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Aug 21, 2018

This book should probably be required reading by every girl and her parents before she goes on her first date. We've all seen quicksand moments in movies, and it is an apt description for an abusive relationship. We can be in awe of the sand on a beach or in a desert and not notice it is quicksand until we are in too deep to escape without help.

The book presents the inextricable links between self-absorbed, narcissistic (a/k/a neglectful) parents' giddy euphoria over their daughter's relationship with the school's top jock or wealthy boy, child abuse, dating abuse/sexual assault, and shooting rampages. Almost all shooting rampages are rooted in domestic violence and/or child abuse with the perpetrator killing family members first.

The first chapters of this book should have been edited down to a few pages, but it eventually picks up and becomes an intriguing story. It is quite thought-provoking and unsettling. The main character asks hard questions that many adults may not want to acknowledge or answer.

Dec 08, 2017

This book had so much to offer. It is a deviation from the typical Scandinavian crime mystery/thriller. It is told from the perspective of the defendant as the story unfolds in court as well as what she thought and felt while in jail.
It dealt with issues that affect not only the Swedish people, but people throughout the world. It was thought provoking as well as being a well told story. I found the conclusion to be powerful and made the book worth the read.

A gripping, many layered read with themes of class and race, mental illness, teenage relationships, parental responsibility and violence. Highly recommended for anyone who likes crime fiction or culturally relevant stories.

athompson10 Jun 20, 2017

Keeps you guessing until the end. Maja is arrested as a co-perpetrator of a school shooting, but was she a victim instead? The story goes between current time (Maja in jail and on trial) and the past. Suspenseful, interesting and very very sad.

May 28, 2017

Boring - to much time spent with Maja in jail awaiting trial -


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