Slide by Jill Hathaway

Slide #1
Publish March 27, 2012 by Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins
256 pages
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Source: publisher for an honest review
Challenge: Debut Author
Rating: Liked It

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. (Source: Goodreads)

YA mysteries don’t come along very often. Slide is in the likeness of The Body Finder. The characters and their relationships didn’t have my heart breaking for them, but they were honest and took me along for the ride.

I can’t imagine how difficult life is for Vee. If she gets tired and is touching something someone imprinted on, she will slide into their body. She sees things through their eyes. So not only does she witness some disturbing things, she loses control of her body. She isn’t there to defend it. Her homelife is kind of lonely. Her mother passed away, her dad is a big deal surgeon and gone a lot, and sister is caught up with all her cheerleading buddies. Luckily, she has a really great friend. Rollins has come to her rescue more than once. But she hasn’t felt like she can tell him about her sliding, because of the reaction she got from her dad. Rollins seems to be drifting away. Is it because of her secret or his?

Vee witnesses Sophie crying in the bathroom. She slides into her sister and overhears the plans to “make Sophie pay.” Then she slides into the killer’s body as he/she stands over Sophie’s body. She can’t let people believe that Sophie committed suicide. But how can she tell them what she knows. They will lock her away if she tells them. All she can do is try to use her ability and find out as much as she can and hopefully figure it out before the killer comes for her sister.

There are numerous suspects and all of them viable. I am pretty good at figuring things out, but Jill duped me. I like being wrong. You’ll catch yourself quickly turning the pages to figure out who is the killer in this debut novel.

People are never who you think they are.

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6 responses to “Slide by Jill Hathaway

  1. I love me some mystery! This one sounds like an interesting blend of mystery and some paranormal aspects.

  2. I think this sounds good, and it is a unique tale. Thanks!!

  3. I think this sounds good, and it is a unique story.

  4. Awesome review, Amy. I always like paranormal mysteries but you’re right there are not too many of them in the YA market. Sounds exciting, and I like that the killer’s identity is surprising.
    Thanks for the giveaway :)

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