Monday, February 27, 2012

Slide by Jill Hathaway

Title: Slide
Author: Jill Hathaway
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: March 27, 2012
Source: Thanks Netgalley and Balzer + Bray!
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Summary: 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.

Review: I was really expecting to like Slide. I've almost never met a good murder mystery that I didn't love. Slide proved to be just that and much more. I'm just so happy that I picked it up!

Vee, the main character, is a girl that I just can't quite figure out, and I mean this in the best possible way. I definitely developed a soft spot for Vee during Slide. She was such a rock for her family and others. I definitely admired Vee and her determination to figure out who Sophie's killer was.

Vee's ability to slide is a unique concept, as well. Whenever Vee touches something that has an emotional imprint of sorts she slides into them, experiencing the world through their eyes. Hathaway handed the concept brilliantly and I believe it was very well done. I'm definitely curious to see how this idea is going to be expanded on in the sequel, Impostor.

Along with the mystery, there's quite a bit of drama in Slide. It really didn't take away from the mystery aspect of the book but it did play a big role. The mystery at times could be a bit predictable but there were some moments when I had no idea what was going to happen next. It was a bit of a thrill ride!

Overall, Slide managed to hook me with the mystery and Vee's unusual ability but I kept reading because of those aspects and the characters. 

Rating: 4.5 stars


Lisa said...

I just finished reading this book too. I liked it and I thought the whole sliding thing was really unique. I felt the ending was a bit rushed though and wished the author would have taken a little more time for the mystery to play out.

Lauren M said...

Yaaay! Another person who loved Slide! I thought it was awesome, no matter what everyone else thinks. :) My favorite part was the character development, but the mystery was great. Thanks for the review, Katie!
- Lauren

Mary @ BookSwarm said...

Ooh, I might have to go check this one out. I do love a good mystery and I thought it had potential--nice to hear it lived up to its promise!

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