Monday, August 12, 2013

[Book Review] Slide by Jill Hathaway

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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.
Her inky-black hair frames her white face. Her arms lie helpless at her sides, a long slash in each wrist.
This isn’t happening.
That’s when I see what I’m holding in my gloved hands. A long, silver blade.
Oh. Shit.
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Vee was diagnosed with narcolepsy but it is so much more than that. If she touches an object that has an emotional imprint on it, she will “slide” into that person and will see the world from his eyes. She cannot control or hear person’s thoughts, she is there to watch. When the news hit that her sister’s best friend Sophie committed suicide, she knows the truth because she was there. Now all she has to do is to find the killer and learn how to use her powers for her advantage.

This book was a very enjoyable read that I ended up finishing just in few hours. Between Vee’s dead mother, never-there father, too-cool-for-school sister Mattie and her falling-apart friendship with Rollins, I was amazed at how things turned out. I do wish that there was more of a mystery element to the story than relationships but that’s what made the book unique and made me actually connect with the characters.

Author still did a pretty good job hiding who the real killer was and even though it wasn’t that obvious, I had a feeling. But I would say that if you still don’t know who did it at 60%, that is a success! Ending was…. Wow. Turned out more sad than I expected it to be. & it felt like a stand-alone more than a series. I probably wouldn’t even know that there was a sequel to this if it wasn’t for Goodreads.

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