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Quicksand by Malin Persson Giolito
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it was amazing

Quicksand is a thoughtful and in-depth psychological study of a young woman on trial for the mass murder of her classmates. Maja is a student in Djursholm, Sweden, a very posh upper class area. Not all of the students are privileged, however, as some are in the high school because of their intellectual gifts that fit in with the school's special economics program or because of pure luck.

Maja is 18 years old and sitting in jail awaiting trial. Her defense attorney is the best trial lawyer in Sweden. The prosecution states that she is responsible for the murder of her best friend, Amanda, and conspired with her boyfriend Sebastian to commit the other murders. All-told, 4 students and one teacher have been shot in the high school. Maja's relationship with each of the victims is explored from her perspective.

As the trial progresses, the reader is privy to Maja's internal dialogue and psyche. We see how she fell in love and under the spell of Sebastian, son of the richest man in Sweden. He is repeating his senior year of high school and is renowned for his apparent charisma, wealth and parties. Initially, Maja is enthralled with Sebastian and he is everything to her. As time progresses, she sees that he takes too many drugs and is very troubled. She is fraught with conflict as she realizes that she feels compelled to save him from himself and the abusive father he worships.

At first, Maja's parents are delighted that she is dating Sebastian as they think it will somehow improve their status in the world. After all, his father Claes Fagerman, is the richest man in their country. Claes wines and dines Maja's family and entertains them on his yacht. Soon, however, Maja's parents realize that something is amiss with their daughter and they begins to see a darker side to her relationship with Sebastian.

This novel examines several issues that Sweden is currently facing such as unfair taxing of the poor, prejudice against immigrants,substance abuse, and the providing of a safe tax haven for the extraordinary wealthy.
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January 16, 2017 – Started Reading
January 16, 2017 – Shelved
January 20, 2017 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Pamela (new)

Pamela Excellent review, Bonnie! Sadly, many young marginalized girls become involved with narsasitic, charismatic boys as their pawns. I imagine this book was quite intense and thought provoking.

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