April 02, 2012

Review: Slide by Jill Hathaway

By Jill Hathaway
Hardcover: 256 pgs
Published: March 27th, 2012
Publisher: Harper Collins
Series: Slide #1

Vee Bell is certain of one 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 they're wrong. Instead of falling asleep during her "episodes", she passed out and she slides into someone else's mind. But nothing could have prepared Vee for what happens one night when she slides into the mind of of someone holding a bloody knife, standing over Sophie's dead body.
Enmeshed in a terrifying web of secrets, lies, and danger - Vee must find a way to unmask the killer before he or she strikes again. 

You know, you'd be so surprised when you compare how lame this book sounds in its description vs. how good it actually is! I seriously read it in the blink of an eye.

It's quite rare for a Y.A. mystery novel to get inside my bookshelf. Not because I have anything against them, but simply because I feel there are very few actually written out there - let alone any that are good. I mean, let's face it - either you know how the mystery's going to end by page 10, or the solution is so far-fetched that you get angry and want to toss the book into a bonfire. Sound familiar?

Well, not Jill Hathaway's book. This novel not only had a killer story line (no pun intended), but the mystery had me completely baffled. It did exactly what it was supposed to - had me suspicious of every single character. It was awesome, and so gratifying to figure out who-dun-it in the end.

Now, back to the story line - it sounds weird, I know. A girl named Vee faints whenever she touches something that belongs to someone else. And when she faints, she "slides" into that person's mind and watches whatever they're doing at the time. She's just an observer, though, and no one knows her secret.

Throughout the story, you see Vee's "slide" as both a gift and a curse - how it torments her (like fainting while you're about to kiss someone) and helps her (like helping her solve a crime). I thought this book was creative, fun and thrilling.

4 out of 5 stars


  1. I love mystery novels, good ones are hard to come by. I never knew this was a mystery! I'm glad you liked it.

    I must get this book to read.:D

  2. I've been more and more interested in YA mysteries. I really enjoyed Slide, as well. I would like to see more books like it in the future. Great review!

  3. I'm so glad that you liked this book. I really did enjoy myself. Can't wait for book two to come out.

  4. what a great review! I've been hesitating to get this book even though I really wanted to. It's nice to know there is actually a great book between the covers.. I'll be moving it up a few notches on the 'to-buy' list. :)


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