Original Publish Date: Mar 07, 2017
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (12.88 hours)
Product Number: Z100118981
Released: Mar 07, 2017
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781524774516
Narrator/s: Saskia Maarleveld
Publisher: Books on Tape
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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?

Professional reviews

"Saskia Maarleveld expertly teases out the many questions swirling around this story's unreliable teen narrator. Charged with involvement in a school shooting at an elite private school in Stockholm, Maja is initially unlikable. But Maarleveld coaxes out the audiobook's nuances, capturing Maja's emotional shifts from petty scorn to longing uncertainty to a dawning sense of responsibility and its limits. Framed as a court case, the audiobook includes helpful time stamps--such as "week one of trial"--that orient listeners as Maja's monologue weaves through time retrieving vignettes and insights that complicate an easy take on what happened. This absorbing psychological study unfolds as an intimate confession to the reader. Maja may not win our affection, but Maarleveld's skillful narration ensures that she gains our understanding. J.C.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"

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