Thursday, March 22, 2012

Review: Slide by Jill Hathaway

Title: Slide
Author: Jill Hathaway
Series: Slide #1
Release Date: Marche 27th, 2012
Number of Pages: 258
Publisher: Balzar + Bray
Source: NetGalley

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.

Slide is one of those books that end up being really addicting, even if you still believe things should have been slightly different. Why? Because as good as a mystery can be, I feel like the strongest point of the novel was Vee’s relationship with her family and friends. That I found interesting. The mystery was there, I didn’t really guess it, but it’s still felt strange. It seemed a little far-fetched, but it was still enjoyable.

One of the things that was lacking for me was a little more knowledge of her sliding ability. I wish we could have learned a little more about where it comes from… It felt a little random at some point, but I do hope we’ll learn were it comes from (an ancestor? Radioactive Spiders?)

The thing is Hathaway did develop her characters quite nicely. That’s something that I loved about this novel. She created a great set of supporting characters, with nicely build relationships with Vee.  The only thing I dislike about Vee was the fact that she seemed to be jumping to conclusions way to often. That can be a little annoying for some readers.

Jill Hathaway’s writing was captivating and extremely enjoyable. It makes me excited to read more from her, especially more from this series. I do hope she will give us more of some of the characters (Rollins please!)

Fan of Veronica Mars will probably really enjoy this novel. It is a great and entertaining novel that presents characters we only wish to get more of.


  1. This sounds really interesting, I love the fact that she can slide into other people's minds. I like the mystery aspect to this story as well. Great review, I like that you say fans of Veronica Mars will like this (I loved that show!)

  2. Great review! Thanks for sharing. I think the whole idea of the book is fascinating.

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