Review by Becca: Slide

Slide (Slide, #1)

by Jill Hathaway
Series: Slide #1
Publisher: Balzer + Bray for HarperCollins
Release Date: March 27, 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 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.

is an unintimidating book. At a mere 250 pages, the novel looks like a fast read, and it reads probably even faster. I finished it in less than four hours, and Krista (Nawanda Files) can attest to this, I am by far one of the slowest readers on Earth. Really, that should be my nickname. So first off, if you enjoy murder mysteries and are looking for a fast-paced book, Slide is for you. 

Jill Hathaway made it easy to connect to Vee (the main character), her sister, and her father. The solid dynamic as well as the intriguing murder mystery carried me to the end of the novel. The minor characters are really fleshed out, and for the most part, I would not label them as cliché or contrite. Hathaway really showed her chops when Vee slid into other people’s minds. Visually, you feel as if you’re peering out through another person’s eyes. It’s creepy and new and pretty awesome all at the same time.

Why then not a five star rating? I had a few problems. Since it’s a murder mystery, there’s a bit of a guessing game going on throughout. Who done it? Vee literally stated some clues that she should have picked up on. I did. And she seemed much smarter than me, so I figured her random obliviousness had more to do with drawing out suspense than anything else. Also, this is mega insta-love. Like in-your-face kinda love. I usually don’t take this into such consideration, but at one point I honestly wondered whether the love story was truly a love story. Sadly, it’s not masquerading as anything other than love. My imagination just got the better of me. And lastly, the answers to the murder mystery seemed kind of far-fetched. But I’m always willing to suspend my belief for stories. (ahem,

I would definitely suggest picking the book up if you truly love a good mystery. I do wish Hathaway extended the book by about fifty extra pages to wrap up one of the character’s story lines a little more. But besides that, I give it three stars for being an original and intriguing concept that’s executed well. 

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  1. Thanks Becca for the awesome reviews this week! I officially hate final exams and their time-sucking attitude. You are a life-saver and I hope you'll review more for me in the future! Slide doesn't look like my cup of tea. Not a murder mystery reader. But I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

  2. Great review! I gave this book a similar rating. I enjoyed it overall but I wasn't blown away. :)

  3. Thanks for the honest and great review Becca :) !!
    I wasn't planning to read this one because the blurb didn't appeal to me and it only seems to be an okay read .. I'm not into murder mystery so I think I'll pass but thank you so much for the review, you've helped me make my mind about this book :) !

  4. Thanks Sam and Elodie for commenting! Glad my review helped, Elodie :)

  5. Great review! I love a good mystery and a fast pace so this sounds perfect for me! It seems lately that my reading has slowed down a lot, so it was nice to read about a fellow slow reader! I can't believe you read this in under 4 hours! That gives me hope :)