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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Review: Quicksand by Malin Persson Giolito

Quicksand by Malin Persson Giolito
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Publishes 3/7/17

I really wish books would stop putting themselves out there as "a cross between this book and that book" or "the next this book" that happens to be the most popular at the time.  This can sometimes put some unrealistic expectations on a book and is unfair to the reader and the author.  Has this ever happened to you?


Maja is on trial for the mass murder at her school that involved her killing her boyfriend and her best friend. She has become the most hated teenager in the country but no one really knows what happened and she hasn't exactly been talking. Is she really a cold blooded killer or a victim of being in the wrong place at the wrong time with a self defense tactic gone wrong?

While I am usually a fan of courtroom crime thrillers, this one just didn't quite hit home for me. I felt there was a lot of repetition and read extremely slow in some places. This goes back and forth, starting at the point where she has been in jail for 9 months awaiting trial. We see her relationships with her family, her best friend and her boyfriend - all of whom have their own issues. The book kept me engaged enough to want to see what the final verdict will be... but when the ending came, it left me wanting. This is where I wish books wouldn't say "if you like this, you'll love that"... this says it's The Secret History meets We Need To Talk About Kevin... I kinnnnnd of see that, but ultimately, I think I expected much more because of this statement. If you like courtroom crime and a layered story of teen angst gone wrong, this could be a book better suited for you. Would love to get other's views on this one, so if you pick it up, please get back with me to discuss!

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