Author: Jill Hathaway
Series: Slide #1
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Date: March 2012
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal
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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.
I’ll be honest. I totally wasn’t expecting to like this one. Its not my usual genre and there isn’t much ‘paranormal/fantasy’ involved. However I was pleasently surprised to find that I thoroughly enjoyed it!
The protagonist, Vee, suffers from narcolepsy, but every time she falls asleep she slides into someone elses mind for a few minutes and sees what they see. Vee’s condition is a burden to her. She isn’t believed by her father or doctors and so she resorts to taking caffine tablets to try to stay awake. She would do anything to be normal. However, when she slips into the mind of someone standing over the dead body of a cheer leader from Vee’s school, Vee’s power becomes very important in finding out who the killer is.
What I loved about Slide was its ability to keep me hooked and to keep me guessing all the way to the end as to who the killer was. I kept coming up with different theories as to who it was but alas, none of them were right! I was completely shocked when it was finally revealed and did not see it coming at all! I thought this was incredibly clever.
Aside from the ‘murder mystery’ aspect to this story there is also a very well written set of characters all going through their own emotional issues. From Vee suffering with her ‘problem’ and the loss of her mother, to Vee’s younger sister Mattie who is traumatised over the death of her best friend Sophie (the cheer leader) and also Vee and Mattie’s dad who instead of comforting his daughers spends all his time at work and avoiding dealing with them. Add to that Vee’s rocky relationship with her best friend Rollins and her newly formed sizzling relationship with new boy Zane and this book really does have it all!
I definitely recommend this one. Its different, it will keep you on your toes and its not too long! Particularly recommended to fans of Kimberly Derting’s The Body Finder series!