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Quicksand

Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
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There could be two sides to Maja Norberg that shift silently like quicksand: the question is, which one do you believe?

Is Maja a normal 18-year-old, the poster girl next door, popular and excelling at her schoolwork, caught in the middle of a terrible tragedy? Or is she the most reviled teenager in the country?

Either way, everyone knows her name. She has spent nine excruciating months in jail, awaiting trial for a mass murder that killed her boyfriend and her best friend, and now the time has come for her to enter the courtroom. What did she do? Or is it what she didn't do that brought her here?

Is Maja a cold-blooded murderer, or is she just a girl who has lost her way and, as a consequence, now lost the ones she loved?

©2016 Malin Persson Giolito. English translation copyright 2016, Rachel Willson-Broyles (P)2017 Simon & Schuster

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Interesting topic but poorly executed

An interesting topic and the story unfolds through time jumps to add more suspense. However, as so many Scandinavian books, it’s tedious in places and drags on and on. The protagonist is not very likeable, of course her character is meant to be despised for her actions, but her thoughts and dialogue are that of a spoiled petulant brat. None of the other characters really come to live- I couldn’t get a feel for who Amanda or Sameer were. And it sounds like Sebastian never had a true conversation with anyone. So all in all it was disappointing.