If you can't lie

You cannot lie in a dream

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  • Publishing company:Ehrenwirth
  • Subject area: Fiction - Thriller: Politics and Justice
  • Genre:Mysteries & Thrillers / Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Page number:464
  • First appearance: 26.10.2017
  • ISBN:9783431039931
Malin Persson Giolitonovel
Thorsten Alms (translator)

Stockholm: Eighteen-year-old Maja is on trial after a bloodbath at a high school. She shot, and among the dead are her best friend Amanda, her boyfriend Sebastian, and the teacher Christer. How did this once popular girl come to be the most hated person in Sweden? And is she a murderer at all?

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Opinions from the reading jury

Stefanie Freigericht

Published on 04/16/2019

Knowledge and truth

“But I know. I know that everything began with Sebastian and everything ended with him. ”P. 60

Maja Norberg, eighteen years old, is on trial, charged with a rampage at her school. Your ...

“But I know. I know that everything began with Sebastian and everything ended with him. ”P. 60

Maja Norberg, eighteen years old, is on trial, charged with a rampage at her school. Her best friend Amanda was lying on the floor of the classroom, her boyfriend, Maja's friend, Sebastian, the teacher, another friend of Maja. She observes, analyzes, is cynical and serene beyond her age. She actually talks about everyone, except about Lina, the little sister, maybe also about her grandfather. Maja is highly intelligent, one of the best in the class, popular. But it also has another side.

This is also one of the calmest and most gripping novels in this genre, I'm very excited. Genre? Well, not exactly a thriller, too much is clear about that, even if the plot is only slowly unpacking. Some psychological thriller, more psychodrama, court drama, relationship drama. The direct environment of Maja stays away, the rich suburban children who had already celebrated their confirmation in designer dresses, the drugs, the noncommittal sex. On the other hand are the parents who don't understand anything, want to be comfortable, the different milieus of their classmates, the need for a goal, a direction, the superficiality, the mendacious looking away. I remember the latter subjects well.

Author Malin Persson Giolito lets her first-person narrator report in her own tone of voice, often brash but always real. And at the end of the book the questions for the reader remain: what would I have done myself, when does guilt begin, when is it over.

“I know the answer! No, do not do that. You don't know anything. "P. 321


Very impressive. 5 Stars.

I had earned this book for points - each one was worth it; I love books that don't "just" meet a genre.

Flying_Bookworm

Published on 02/02/2018

A fateful chain of events

The story begins in the classroom shortly after the massacre. Maja tells how it looks around her. '' Except for me, everyone is riddled with bullets. ''
Then the real story begins. We are located ...

The story begins in the classroom shortly after the massacre. Maja tells how it looks around her. '' Except for me, everyone is riddled with bullets. ''
Then the real story begins. We are 9 months later in the Swedish courtroom where Maja is charged with murder. Gradually, the reader gets more insight into the tragedy. More and more details are revealed. Thanks to Maja’s retrospectives, the story is slowly told from the beginning, where it all began. We get to know Maja before the act. How she got along with Amanda, how she was in school and dealing with her family and, above all, how she got to know Sebastian and his father Claes. Claes, Sebastian, Amanda and their classmate Samir play a big role in the novel, and the story jumps back and forth between the past and the process. This leaves a high level of tension because you never get to know the full story. It stays that way until the end. The trial lasts for the whole book - three weeks - and only in the last chapter does one find out whether Maja has been declared guilty.

I found the protagonist Maja to be a very nice and friendly person. She struck me as a happy person who was broken by events and only a shadow of herself. I felt extremely sorry for her and I couldn't imagine that she should have killed 5 people. I imagined quite a few scenarios that could have happened, none of which were confirmed. I really had no idea what had really happened. I could hardly put the book down because I just wanted to know what exactly was going on.

I also liked how the author incorporated important and very current topics into her book. These are, for example, rampages in schools, integration, family relationships and emotional states in teenagers. It didn't seem like a fictional story to me, the events are too close to stories that unfortunately are far too often known from real life, the author writes very realistically. I thought of many cases over the past few years.

What I think is a shame is the title `` You can't lie in a dream ''. This is just extremely inappropriate for me because it has nothing to do with the story. Maja only says once that she does not want to fall asleep because she is then confronted with her dreams. The original Swedish title, which can be translated with TREIBSAND, fits much better. For me, this hits the nail on the head, as Maja gets more and more entangled in something and cannot find her way out. She sinks further and further into the sands of events and in the end the bloodbath seems to be the only solution. Or so it seems.

It was also nice to see that a certain consequence does not just result from an action. It takes a lot of impetus over a long period of time. It expands and gets bigger and bigger, until the last drop finally brings the barrel to overflow. This is made very clear in this novel.

I really liked the story. I felt like a bystander in court, gradually being told the whole story. Little by little, the pieces of the puzzle form the whole picture. Again and again you are amazed at the developments and it remains exciting until the very last page.

tootsy3000

Published on December 3rd, 2017

Exciting and well thought out

A school rampage. That there is often more to it than “just” hating one's fellow human beings, or the will to kill someone, Jody Picould already wrote about this in her novel “19 Minutes”. ...

A school rampage. That there is often more to it than “just” hating one's fellow human beings or the will to kill someone, Jody Picould already wrote about this in her novel “19 Minuten”. This story was told so excitingly that I was very curious to see how Malin Persson Giolito would create her story. After all, the author won the Nordic Crimean Prize 2017 with “In a dream you can't lie”. As a reader, the expectations are quite high for me! IMG20171203165440

The story is worked up backwards. The bloodbath has already happened and Maja is on trial. She does not make it easy for one not to paint a negative image of her straight away. She seems so indifferent, she doesn't seem to care about anything. Mentally she is often elsewhere, revolving in a pejorative way about the defender or something similar. Only when she thinks of her little sister does a completely different girl come to meet, one who is loving, who cares. Between the days of negotiation, you learn Maja's story, until you get to the heart of the matter, the trigger for the inconceivable act, many more pages pass. In between it is a bit lengthy, but the work-up, in which you find out everything about Maja, her boyfriend Sebastian and the rest of the clique, is worth it to persevere!

My conclusion:

For me more of a drama than a thriller, exciting and well thought out. Most of the young people come from wealthy families. Can have anything. But money alone does not make you happy. Party, drugs, alcohol and a father who only stands for performance and for whom love is obviously a foreign word, lead from one extreme to the other. Until someone only sees one way out! In fact, I shed a few tears in between, I found Maja's description of her relationship with Sebastian so emotional.

Drakonia

Published on 11/19/2017

You cannot lie in a dream


My opinion:
The book is sophisticated and unusually structured. You don't start with the deed and tell until the negotiation. In the prologue one reads the deed, but after it happened. The real ...


My opinion:
The book is sophisticated and unusually structured. You don't start with the deed and tell until the negotiation. In the prologue one reads the deed, but after it happened. The real story starts a few months later with the main trial against the protagonist Maja. Through the different storylines you learn more and more about Maja and the other characters. Of course, also from the act that she is accused of.
Maja often wanders in her thoughts, so the thoughts are often not chronological. In general, the book is not structured chronologically. But I really liked that style in this book. Even though it was a mess, I got along really well with the story.

It's not a classic thriller or crime novel in which a commissioner etc. investigates and ultimately brings down the bad guy. You read here from the perspective of the alleged perpetrator. One actually thinks that everything seems logical and clear, after all Maja has been charged with multiple murders. The prologue makes the situation clear. The further course of the story is nevertheless exciting and sometimes also surprising. Was it Maja or not?

Conclusion
A really great book that I liked very much. I hope to read more from the author

5 out of 5 books


Note: "You can't lie in a dream" was made available to me as a review copy by the publisher. Thanks a lot for this!

Gina1

Published on 07/11/2017

Exciting socially critical crime thriller

The author has managed to create an atmosphere that makes you despair. Is she guilty or not? Through the constantly inserted stories from Maja's earlier life, before the shooting, ...

The author has managed to create an atmosphere that makes you despair. Is she guilty or not? The constantly inserted stories from Maja's earlier life, before the shooting, gave you a good insight but also built up or lost sympathy for her and the others. I am a big fan of this writing style because it allows the author to create an arc of tension that captivates the reader and never lets go.
I can only recommend reading it, because this book also sheds light on grievances in society and presents them critically. In any case, a book that is worth reading!