Slide – Jill Hathaway

9542582Author: Jill Hathaway

Rating: 5/5

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SYNOPSIS

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 distant lately, 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.

MY REVIEW. BEWARE, POSSIBLE SPOILERS.

The concept of this novel sounded beyond awesome. I mean, how insane would it be to be able to “slide” into another person for a few minutes? I’d totally want that power, life would be so much simpler (coPASSINGTESTSugh).

Vee Bell hates this ability of hers, so much that she consumes around 30 caffiene pills a day just to try and stop her ability. But it comes, whether she wants too or not, and Vee finds herself slipping into the mind of a killer, just as he/she is forging a suicide note and standing over the body of Vee’s sister Mattie’s friend, Sophie.

It was then, admittedly, I realized having this ability could have it’s sucky moments, as well as touching something that someone has left an imprint on and passing out on the spot. Vee, trying to solve Sophie’s murder, eventually realizes her curse can be a gift, when she can see what people are up to in order to either implicate or clear their name when it comes to trying to find Sophie’s killer. There’s a few moments here and there that foreshadow, and leave clues as to who killed her. I kept going back and forth just like Vee trying to figure out who did it. It wasn’t until a scene that I was suspicious, and my suspicions were confirmed about the same time that Vee’s was.

There’s more than just mystery and the classic WHUDUNIT, there’s a story included of Vee’s journey, in being an outsider once near the heart of the popular crowd, and how single, monumental moments have changed her completely. It’s a quick read, and very fun. I read this in one sitting last night and managed to get 20 percent into the sequel before sleep called.

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