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March 27, 2012

Review: Slide by Jill Hathaway

Slide (Slide, #1)
Vee Bell is certain of one irrefutable truth—her sister’s friend Sophie didn’t kill herself. She was murdered. 
Vee knows this because she was there. Everyone believes Vee is narcoleptic, but she doesn’t actually fall asleep during these episodes: When she passes out, she slides into somebody else’s mind and experiences the world through that person’s eyes. She’s slid into her sister as she cheated on a math test, into a teacher sneaking a drink before class. She learned the worst about a supposed “friend” when she slid into her during a school dance. But nothing could have prepared Vee for what happens one October night when she slides into the mind of someone holding a bloody knife, standing over Sophie’s slashed body. 
Vee desperately wishes she could share her secret, but who would believe her? It sounds so crazy that she can’t bring herself to tell her best friend, Rollins, let alone the police. Even if she could confide in Rollins, he has been acting off lately, more distant, especially now that she’s been spending more time with Zane. 
Enmeshed in a terrifying web of secrets, lies, and danger and with no one to turn to, Vee must find a way to unmask the killer before he or she strikes again.
Slide is a great mystery mixed with some romance while still touching on contemporary issues. Vee is constantly being thrown into other peoples bodies. She has no real control over this, or so she thinks because Vee has never really tried to do anything special with her curse/gift. That is until people close to her start dying and people even closer start looking like the suspects.

Vee is very independent. She has never really had a parent figure in her life since her mother died and her father spends more time working than with his family. So she has been the parent figure in her little sister, Mattie's life. When things are tough she is right there by her sister's side and doing anything and everything she can to solve the problem. Her best friend Rollins is very distant. He never lets Vee come over his house but you can definitely tell there is so much more to him than he allows to be seen. He is mysterious but I never doubt for a single moment how much he cares for Vee. In the end he quickly turned into a favorite character of mine.

The story itself was very fast paced and there is definitely a lot of mystery and action. I was thrown this way and that trying to find out who the culprit was and why they would want to kill Sophie. The entire time I blamed everyone. I love mysteries where nothing is as it seems and everyone has a motive and this was just like that. The only problem I had was that the ending felt a bit rushed. I would have loved for things to have been developed better in the end. I noticed that it is going to be a series, which I don't think is necessary. When I read Slide I thought it could be a standalone and if there is a series then the ending didn't need to be so rushed. But I will definitely read the second one since all in all this was a great mystery that kept me up all night wondering who the killer could be. So if you are looking for a quick mystery read, I would suggest you pick up Slide.


1 comment:

  1. I'm heading to the bookstore after work today to pick this one up! They'd better have it or things may get ugly! :)