Slide by Jill Hathaway
Published: March 27th, 2012 (Balzer+Bray)
Source: for review
Series: Slide #1
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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 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 had the pleasure of reading this book in the summer of 2011 and I loved it!
Vee has a strange ability: she is able to slide into the minds of others at the moment she touches an object on which a person has left an emotional imprint. She slides into the minds of others at the strangest times, especially if she's caught unaware. She will then experience exactly the same as the person who is experiencing it in the first place. When she realizes her sister's friend was murdered, she tries to use her ability to find out who did it.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It was a great mystery, and I found myself flipping the pages incredibly quick. I was shocked at the ending, not because of who did it, but because of what happened after that (so sad!).
The story was well put together and the puzzle pieces were slowly coming together during the story. I really liked the way Hathaway built up the tension and used several smaller story lines to weave her story together. I quite liked Rollins, although I would have loved to see that Vee had some faith in him and would tell him about her secret. He was a great guy if you ask me, and I would love to see more of him in the next book.
If you are looking for a great YA mystery, packed with suspense, romance and a murder investigation, look no further, because Slide is the book for you!
Five big fat stars for Slide and me dying of the wait for Impostor, for which I have been waiting since August..