Thursday, June 21, 2012

Slide by Jill Hathaway

Release Date: March 27, 2012
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 actually quite liked this book. It didn't blow me away, but it was pretty good. Here's why I feel the way I do:

I thought the concept of this book was an awesome one. With an idea like the one used for this story, I think an author could take some pretty stellar liberties with the twists and turns throughout the book. The reason this fell a bit flat for me was because I didn't think Hathaway was as daring as I hoped she'd be (or at least as I thought she COULD be). Let me reiterate: I liked this book. Quite a bit actually. It's one of the most original storylines that I've read in a while, but I would have liked a little more suspense.

Even though I liked the characters in this book, I thought they could have been a bit more developed. While the plot was well thought out and executed (even if it was a bit predictable), I think that a little more time could have been spent working out a few of the characters--namely, Vee's dad, her sister, and her best friend, Rollins. These three characters were fairly important to the story and I felt like I didn't know enough about them through much of the book. There were too many unanswered questions about them. (I'd tell you what the questions were, but it would need a giant, flashing SPOILER ALERT. So I will refrain.)

Overall, I would recommend this book. I thought it was a cool concept for a book and a pretty decent story. If you like a good suspense where everyone is a suspect, this is the book for you. Enjoy!

Happy Reading!

**I received this egalley from the publisher for the purpose of review.

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