Saturday 7 April 2012

Slide by Jill Hathaway

For Review: Harper Collins
Published: 1 March 2012

From Goodreads: 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.

I really liked the premise of this one.  It's a really great concept - it felt original and exciting.  I'm not overly bothered that it wasn't explained how Vee was able to do what she does - I've always loved anything to do with psychic phenomenon and this ability kind of fits in with that so I found it easy to believe in.

I must admit I was a bit disappointed in the mystery element as it felt a bit too predictable.  I managed to work out what was going on but I still enjoyed seeing Vee work it out.  I did like the reasons why it happened though - I thought that was really good.  And on the plus side there is much more to the story than just the mystery.  The author really manages to capture the characters and their relationships - I was completely invested in those elements of the story. 

I really loved the relationship between Vee and Rollins.  He's so awesome!  And they have a great friendship.  It's also really obvious he cares about her - which kind of put me off Zane a bit.  I liked him but I never really loved him.  I was all about Rollins!

I'm really glad this will be a series.  As I said I loved the concept - and I loved both Vee and Rollins.  I'd be more than happy to catch up with them.


Cliona said...

Brilliant review! I loved this one too, but I liked Zane way better than Rollins.

I didn't know this was going to be a series, thanks for letting us know! Now I'm really excited to read the next book.

Dazzling Mage said...

When I read the synopsis the first time, I thought it was interesting too.

Great review!


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