Quicksand by Malin Persson Giolito

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Maja Norberg and her boyfriend, Sebastian Fagerman, were the golden couple at school. Then it all went wrong and their classmates, teacher and Sebastian are dead. Is Maja guilty or innocent?

I found this book surprisingly easy to read given the sbuject matter. It is not that the subject was easy to read about (far from it) but that the author drew me in so quickly and the situation Maja found herself in so compelling, that I wanted to keep reading to find out more.

The book skips backwards and forwards between Maja’s trial and the details of her relationship with Sebastian and his father beforehand. Sometimes this device works and sometimes it doesn’t; in this case it was definitely the right decision and added much to the tension of the book as details of the relationship emerge, and Maja’s situation spirals more and more out of control.

The only bit I didn’t really like was Samir’s testimony and what turned out to be the critical point. As someone who spends a lot of time in my day job asking questions about what actually happened, I wondered why nobody had asked the right questions of Samir before the trial. Nevertheless, I suppose there would have been no story to the book in that case, and so I need to be grateful that they didn’t.

Overall, very difficult subject matter handled really well; I’ll definitely read another one by this author in the future.

Thank you to Lovereading for the ARC: https://www.lovereading.co.uk/book/17006/Quicksand-by-Malin-Persson-Giolito.html

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