Author: Jill Hathaway
Series: Slide #1
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: March 12, 2012
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.
I was on the fence about reading Slide because I heard various thoughts on it already – some not very good. Once I did start reading it, I thought the naysayers were crazy – the book was going great; I liked the main character a lot, I enjoyed all the dysfunctional students, and trying to figure out the mystery was exciting. I probably drove Kim from Kimba’s Caffeinated Book Reviewer crazy while I read this, because I kept sending her messages saying who I thought the killer was (I guessed pretty much everyone), but told her not to tell if I was correct or not. I genuinely had a fun trying to figure out who the killer was, but then came a point where I felt a little let down. That’s when I understood what some other people talking about.
First of all, Slide reminded me of a movie I saw a long time ago called Hideaway, with Jeff Goldbulm and Alicia Silverstone in it. When I looked it up, turns out it is based on a Dean Koontz book. I can’t believe I didn’t already know that! Anyway, the idea is the same – Jeff’s character starts “sliding” into the mind of a killer. However, in Slide, Vee, the main character, can slide into anyone just by touching something that the person put an emotional imprint. The people don’t know she’s there, she’s just a passenger seeing what they see, and witnessed some messed stuff.
The ability to slide into other people is something Vee tries to avoid. If it were me, I’d be doing it all the time, so she’s certainly a better person than I am. I did like Vee’s personality, and she got major points for the Clockwork Orange poster in her room. There were some things that did bug me, but mainly how she knew what certain people who hung out with her sister were capable of, yet said nothing. I understand the feelings Vee had, but when her sister could’ve been easily put in the same position as Vee once was, she should’ve said something.
Two other characters I want to mention are Rollins and Zane. Rollins is Vee’s best friend, and I totally loved him; he’s someone I would’ve hung out with in high school. I wish the author would have added a little more of the fun times between Vee and Rollins – like the conjoined twins story, because that was hilarious! Zane was a pretty decent character – I can understand why Vee would be attracted to him, he seemed to offer something stable and new to her life. Did he “swoon me?” No, but I did like him.
So what made me feel a little let down? I guess I expected more at the end. I think I was so wrapped up in figuring out who the killer was and anticipated some huge twist. Maybe it was huge, but I was expecting something different. The thing that I really did love about Slide, though, was Vee’s insight on empathy, because she literally does walk in other peoples’ shoes.
Overall, Slide was a pretty enjoyable book. I was glued to my kindle any time I had a chance, and it was a fairly quick read. Try it, and see how fast you can figure out who the killer is. You’re more than welcome to message me with your guesses along the way. 😀
How about you? Would you want the ability to “slide?”