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Author: Malin Persson Giolito Narrator: Saskia Maarleveld Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2017 ISBN: 9781524774509
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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? Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “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. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “Sweden’s latest blockbuster thriller lives up to the hype.”

    Washington Post

  • “Compelling and brutally candid, especially about modern adolescence, this is not a comfortable book, but the story is so superbly told that it lingers in the mind long after the jury’s verdict.”

    Daily Mail (London)

  • “A splendid work of fiction.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Gioloto’s novel is haunting and immersive.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for March 2017
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Swedish Crime Writers Academy's Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year

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About the Author

Malin Persson Giolito was born in Stockholm in 1969 and grew up in Djursholm, Sweden. She holds a degree in law from Uppsala University and has worked as a lawyer for the biggest law firm in the Nordic region and as an official for the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium. She is now a full-time writer and has written four novels including Quicksand, her English debut.

About the Narrator

Saskia Maarleveld is an experienced voice-over actress and Earphones Award–winning narrator. Raised in New Zealand and France, she is highly skilled with accents and dialects, and many of her books have been narrated entirely in accents other than her own. In addition to audiobooks, her voice can be heard in animation, video games, and commercials.