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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Slide by Jill Hathaway

Slide by Jill Hathaway
"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."- summary from Amazon

This was such a fast, suspenseful read and had a completely surprising ending. I really enjoyed it and I'm glad there's a followup being released next year. The premise is pretty cool and I like books that are kind of like magical realism. Vee has this strange sliding power, but the story is still firmly rooted in the contemporary world and in realism. It's a nice break from all the paranormal creatures, but it still has that extra aspect to keep it from just being a regular contemporary (side note: I love paranormals and regular contemporary, so don't think I'm bashing either one).

The mystery was full of twists and turns and there were plenty of false suspects. The real murderer came a bit out of nowhere but it still made sense. I do think though with the short length and main focus on Vee, there wasn't as much characterization for everyone else, so this is definitely more plot-based.

FTC: Received e-galley from Netgalley. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.

1 comment:

  1. THis book has been on my TBR list for a while now and I think it might be time to move it up the list. Great review!