Thursday, 2 February 2012

Review: Slide by Jill Hathaway

TITLE: Slide
Author: Jill Hathaway
Genre: Young Adult-Fantasy
Publication Date: USA:March 27th 2012|UK: 1st March 2012


Description
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.



Review

I have had my eyes on Slide for a while, and have it on my "To Buy" list since I first heard of it.  When I got my copy from Harper Collins UK I was excited to make a start on it and bumped it to the top of my "To Be Read" pile.  Slide is the debut book by Jill Hathaway and it does not disappoint.

Sylvia "Vee", avoids contact with other things as much as possible, and puts it down to being a germaphobe.  In reality, a touch of any object that has a excessive emotional connection cause her to slide into that person.  When this happens unexpectedly Vee has said its narcolepsy.  No surprise then that Vee has been pushed down the popularity ladder to the bottom, being shunned by her ex-friends, the cheerleaders, who have now taken Mattie, Vee's younger sister, on board.

From the moment we open the book we are thrown into Vee's world, where she has to hide who she really is, not only from her friends but also her family.  After telling the truth to her Father she is taken to a psychologist who immediately doses her up on medication to stop the slides, in the end Vee started to lie to hide the truth.
Vee lives with her Father and sister and only has one true friend to speak of, Rollins, who saved her from Scott at the dance.  We follow Vee as she accidentally slides into a killers body and sees them murder her sister's best friend.  Unable to tell the truth Vee sets out to find the murderer, but also to be there for her sister who is struggling to come to terms with her friends death.

Slide is a roller coaster ride of emotions and feelings.  Watching Vee struggle to carry out her normal daily activities, feeling sorry for Mattie for loosing her friends, the highs and lows of friendship and loosing those we love.  Slide may be a quick read but its packed full of action that keeps you on your toes and guessing who is the murderer.


[Thanks to HarperCollins for my copy of Slide]

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