Friday, April 8, 2016

Slide (Slide #1) by Jill Hathaway

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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 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.

Vee suffers from a condition that sends her “sliding” into other people’s minds where she glimpses snippets of their lives before returning to her own body. It could happen once a day or several times a day. Either way she’s always caught unawares. This inconvenience has dramatically altered her life and relationships. She keeps few friends and keeps her secret well-guarded. Everything changes when her younger sister’s friend is found dead and Vee suspects foul play. Now instead of remaining victim to the sliding, she wants to use it to solve the mysterious death without giving herself away. In the meantime, she has to manage school, a strained relationship with her father, her best friend acting weird and a possible first love entering the picture. All that while not passing out at any given moment.

I was in between books and this evenly-paced suspense with the intriguing premise fit the bill. The sliding element may remind some of David Levithan's Every Day but the two couldn't be more different. Slide is murder mystery and a quick read with the author throwing in a few tricks to sway suspicions. I do have some unanswered questions which I guess seem like plot holes right now, however, I was happy to find out that there’s a sequel, Imposter. Just reading the blurb for it has me fascinated and wondering how many of the events in Slide factor into the next book. 

~ Bel

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