Monday, March 26, 2018

Störst Av Allt (Quicksand) - Malin Persson Giolito




The author is a former lawyer, daughter to Sweden's most famous criminologist (admittedly, they are not that many) and also a crime writer. It may be not exactly fortuitous, therefore, that this should be a courtroom drama.

Fortunately, there is more to this plot than to her dad's murder mysteries : A teenage girl is found in her classroom as the only survivor after a school shooting (Sweden's first, I reckon) in one of Stockholm's snazzier neighborhoods. 
Starting there, the girl is the sole focalizer and main narrator; it's through her memories and experiences that we piece together the narrative. 
Added to the plot are also a consistent dose of teenage angst and social class issues. 

Elegant prose, however, this is certainly not. It's more of what I like to call 'journalist writing', i.e. more social pathos than literary skills, or even literary ambition.

For the record, Netflix has bought the rights and is adapting this into a TV series as we speak.


In short : A compelling page-turner.


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