Sunday, August 5, 2012

Slide by Jill Hathaway

Slide by Jill Hathaway
Release Date: March 27, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins

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. -

Slide had a really interesting concept.  The idea of being able to slide into someone else and experience everything through someone else's eyes is very intriguing... somewhat like being able to read people's minds.  I'm not sure if I'd want to be able to have either gift, as I'm pretty sure I'd probably witness or hear something I wouldn't want and that would just upset me.  Kind of like Vee does.  How would you like to witness a murder?

Vee handles her gift well.  She's gotten pretty good at hiding these little lapses under the guise of narcolepsy, because as weird as narcolepsy is, projecting yourself into someone else would be even more weird.

This book was pretty exciting because it had that neat little concept going for it, but also a really great murder mystery.  There were quite a few unexpected surprises for me in this book, so it really kept me interested and on the edge of my seat.

If I had any complaints about the story at all, it would probably be the romance.  It was a teensy bit disappointed in the romantic aspect of the story, only because the two romantic interests spent so much time apart in the story and had very few developmental scenes together.  I understand that had a logical explanation... the author was trying to make Vee realize her feelings for Rollins, and was also trying to put some mystery around him at the same time.  But I still feel we could have another bone or two thrown at us to keep those of us who are hopelessly romantic happy.

But all in all, this was a really good book that satisfied me.


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