Impostor (Slide, #2) – Jill Hathaway


Author: Jill Hathaway

Rating: 3/5

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What if a killer took control of you?

Vee Bell’s gift (or curse) of “sliding”—slipping into the mind of another person and experiencing life, briefly, through his or her eyes—has been somewhat under control since she unwillingly witnessed the horrific deaths of her classmates six months ago.

But just as things are getting back to normal, Vee has a very bizarre experience: she loses consciousness and finds herself in a deserted area, at the edge of a cliff, with the broken body of the boy who took advantage of her on the rocks below.

As Vee finds herself in stranger and stranger situations with no memory of getting there, she begins to suspect that someone she knows has the ability to slide—and that this “slider” is using Vee to exact revenge on his or her enemies.


Warning – this may contain some spoilers from book one, which I have reviewed in my previous post.

Sylvia “Vee” Bell can “slide” into other people’s minds. As far as she knows, she is the only person alive who can do this. Her mother exhibited all the same symptoms but when Vee finally realized that her mother had the same affliction as she, she’s already long dead.

Until one day, she has a strange experience and she discovers that someone may be sliding into her.

As with the first novel, I started this and finished it in one day. In this novel, Hathaway introduces you to a few new characters, as well as delve into other characters we see in Slide, but have not much interaction with.

As the story progresses, you’re left switching back and forth, wondering who could be this killer taking over Vee’s body. Who is sliding into her? Is he or she making her kill people in her body while she is lost, unable to remember?

From the summary, I should’ve loved this book. I had initially read the summary for this long before I noticed it was the second book, and read the first to get to the second. Unfortunately, like it’s predecessor, did not live up to the expectations the summary gave me. As with book one – which I loved, but now not as much now that I realize the author did the same thing with this – starting a book with false expectations and wrapping it up in a little bow trying to emphasize our shock factor and severely falling short.

The tagline, “What if a killer were in control of you?” There’s also a piece in summary, “this “slider” is using Vee to exact revenge on his or her enemies.” Which makes me annoyed, because this feels like false advertising. There was no killer in control of her, and when you find out who was in control of her and their reasoning “I thought I was dreaming!” everything feels boring and out of place for a novel that was supposed to be this fun thriller.

Another thing…

The worst part of the book that left me annoyed and pissed off was how Hathaway depicts sexual assault. Vee was almost raped as you can see by her memories, but she never did anything about it, never told anyone about it. But she knew Samantha knew and she never hated Sam for letting Scotch carry her off and – if he had not been stopped by Rollins – Vee would’ve been raped. Seriously, where is the female camaraderie? Even if I hated someone to the depths of the earth, I wouldn’t let such a thing happen to anyone regardless how I felt about them. Then in book two, Samantha let herself get drunk with Scotch driving her home knowing what mightve progressed with her ex-best friend? And when she’s assaulted, does she tell anyone? Nope. Instead of filing a report or telling a teacher or parent or anyone, she and Vee team up to play a stupid prank on the guy. Hathaway clearly doesn’t understand what a big deal a rape is, how much their world is affected to victim.

Overall, this gets a 3/5 because of the assault issue and for trying to do the exact same thing she did in book one.

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