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.