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Malin Persson Giolito was born in Stockholm in 1969 and grew up in Djursholm, Sweden. She holds a master in Swedish law from the University of Uppsala and a master in EU law from the College of Europe in Bruges. She has also studied literature, art, French, criminology, and social science at the University of Stockholm and Université Catholique de l’Est in Anger, France. She is a lawyer by training, working in the private sector for Scandinavia’s largest law firm for 10 years, before joining the European Commission in late 2007 as an official specializing in Competition law. Since 2015 she has been a full time writer and is the author of four novels, Quicksand being her English language debut. She has written a literary column in Sweden’s largest magazine for women, Amelia, since 2012 and regularly gives talks about reading and writing, mainly in high schools and prisons. Malin lives with her husband and three daughters in Brussels.
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April 2017 Debut of the Month. Provocative and compelling, this mind and heart-breaking tale really shouldn't be missed. After a school shooting, 18 year old Maja is finally in court, will she be found innocent or guilty, is she willing offender or naive victim, just what is the truth? Translated from Swedish, this was a huge bestseller in its native country. The words hit with hammer hard intensity from the outset. Maja tells her own tale, from day one in the courtroom, through to events leading up to the shooting, her thoughts and emotions veered from her head, straight into mine. Malin Persson Giolito occasionally allows light and hope to flicker in from beyond the dark, aching intensity. This really is very clever writing indeed, I felt as though my thoughts and feelings were trapped behind a caged door, constantly testing and searching for a way out. ‘Quicksand’ is a challenging, stirring, absolutely cracking read. ~ Liz Robinson
Is this teenage girl a demonised victim or cold-blooded killer...?We Need to Talk About Kevin meets The Secret History in this gripping novel about secrets and murder.The air is hazy and grey with gunpowder smoke. Everyone has been shot but me. I havent got so much as a bruise.... Is Maja a normal eighteen-year-old, the poster girl-next-door, popular and excelling at her schoolwork, caught in the middle of a terrible tragedy? Or is she the most reviled teenager in the country? Either way, everyone knows her name. She has spent nine excruciating months in jail, awaiting trial for a mass murder that killed her boyfriend and her best friend, and now the time has come for her to enter the courtroom...***What people are saying about QUICKSAND*** 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 verdictDaily Mail A suspenseful and addictive experience [Giolito] expertly delves into the fickle psyche of the media and how they can change a story's narrative with one headline and she shames the press's tendency to report wild conjecture over facts Though Giolito's perspective is Swedish, it absolutely translates to a greater global crisisReal Crime Giolito gives us the unsettling monologue of a teenage girl as she works her way through her role in murder. It is a splendid work of fiction Kirkus Reviews Gioloto's novel is haunting and immersivePublishers WeeklyMystery and intrigue in its purest form. Great book, recommended to allMarg J., bookseller Afascinating, often uncomfortable, but thoroughly engrossing read Sarah B. ';Swedens latest blockbuster thriller lives up to the hypeWashington Post Maja [is]a heroine you will not forget, victim of a toxic love story with a background so familiar to us nowadays... a super thriller a real page-turner'Mariagrazia M. I have never read a book by a Swedish author so when Quicksand became available I decided that it was the perfect opportunity to try. I certainly wasnt disappointed Diane Hogg, NetGalley Reviewer 5* A really powerful book Netgalley reviewer Sarah Bell, Netgalley reviewer4* A fast-paced and intriguing mystery that was easy to read and kept me turning the pages Kimberely Knight, Netgalley reviewer 4*