by Malin Persson Giolito
Pub Date 06 Apr 2017
'The air is hazy with gunpowder smoke. Everyone has been shot but me. I haven't got so much as a bruise.'
An 18 year-old girl has spent nine months in jail awaiting trial for a shooting in her school. Among those killed were her boyfriend and her best friend. Now the time has come for her to enter the courtroom.
Maja Norberg: Demonised victim? Or cold-blooded killer? The Secret History meets We Need To Talk About Kevin in this exceptional new thriller for fans of Serial and Making a Murderer. Winner of Sweden's Best Crime Novel of the Year 2016.
Why publishers across the globe are excited about Quicksand
‘Quicksand is dramatic, fast-paced, utterly seductive. It is a novel about innocence and guilt and the many conflicting layers in between. It is about the ebbs and flows of friendship and how loyalties and trust can twist and turn. It is chilling and real..’
Suzanne Baboneau, Simon & Schuster, UK
‘I haven’t been so moved by a book in some time. Maja’s story is so haunting! Quicksand is a novel that weaves seamlessly issues of class, money, emigration and the power of self-deception. At once a thriller and a work of great literary sensibility, the story it tells is much more provocative than it first appears and this is its secret weapon’
Judith Gurewich, Other Press, USA
‘On one hand, Quicksand is a fascinating relationship drama, on the other it is an impressive coming of age story. Malin Persson Giolito gives the young girl Maja an incredible voice, one that is astoundingly true to life as you follow her through everything – the good, and the bad’
Claudia Müller, Bastei Lübbe, Germany
‘Good and evil, two narrative threads that twist perfectly and a wonderful voice for the main character of this intense novel. Maja, a heroine you will not forget, victim of a toxic love story with a background so familiar to us nowadays, all in a super thriller – a real page-turner’
Mariagrazia Mazzitelli, Salani, Italy
‘We believe this is one of the strongest books from Scandinavia that we have read in a very long time. The combination of suspense and a searing generational portrait makes this a genre redefining book - and the depiction of the young girl Maja is exceptionally gripping. Here is a writer who wants to tell her reader something – but who also knows how to entertain. Malin Perssson Giolito sees eye to eye with her characters, and the narrative is perfectly constructed, not a word too much’
Julie Paludan-Müller, Gyldendal, Denmark
‘What a book! It holds so incredibly much. The beautiful portrait of Maja, her sarcastic and wounded narrative voice – it’s so authentic, that voice! I was utterly spellbound. Quicksand holds a relentless inner tension that refuses to release its grip on the reader, and the question of what really happened obviously makes for a great deal of suspense. But, above all, I believe this is a fantastic portrait of our time’
Anne Fløtaker, Cappelen Damm, Norway
‘I was totally breathless and bewildered after reading Quicksand. This is a mesmerizing read, a very strong coming-of-age story seen through a young woman’s eyes with a distinct voice who forces us to reevaluate her as the story unfolds. This is a novel about age, power, powerlessness, class, race, prejudice and gender, harassment, victimization. . . . The author opens up a window on Swedish society in a skillfully well-constructed way with the trial as a suspenseful framework’
Rosa Perez, Penguin Random House/Suma, Spain