Slide by Jill Hathaway
Series: Slide #1
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Synopsis: 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.
Review: This book was fantastic it was a fast paced, and a really quick read once I'd gotten into it. The concept of sliding was great, really well written and original. I also loved the fact that the sliding was essential to solving Sophie's murder, it made the sliding feel less gimmicky.
The murder mystery was kept under wraps and was one of the most compelling aspects of the novel. I honestly thought I knew who the murderer was, and instead it turned out to be someone entirely different.
Sylvia "Vee" was a little lacking in personality. I liked her a lot initially and I completely understand why she wasn't super peppy and full of joy, but I just wanted more from her as the protagonist. Rollins on the other hand was a fantastic three dimensional character, and I feel that Hathaway dealt with his issue carefully, and allows the reader to fully understand his situation. The book deals with mental illnesses such as depression, eating disorders and suicide, so if these aren't something your okay reading then this book probably isn't for you.
All in all this book was a fantastic read, and although a little slow at first it really picked up it into a fantastic murder mystery with a hint of supernatural.
Recommend: Yes definitely, this book is a fantastic read, and is well worth picking up if your looking for something to read this summer. Oh and if you have already read it tell me what you loved/hated about this book.