Monday, 2 September 2013

Slide - Jill Hathaway

Title: Slide - Jill Hathaway
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Series: Slide #1 

Service: Own
Release Date: 01/03/2012
Pages: 257
Format: Paperback 

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Blurb: Vee Bell hates having narcolepsy. But collapsing at school is nowhere near as bad as the truth – when Vee passes out she slides into other people’s heads and ends up seeing through their eyes. Then Vee finds herself in the head of a killer, standing over the body of a cheerleader.

Now another cheerleader is dead, and everyone is a suspect. Struggling to understand her terrifying and unwanted ‘gift’, Vee is tangled in a web of secrets, lies and danger…

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The story ‘Slide’ follows Vee, a high school student and suspected narcoleptic. However we soon discover that when she has one of her sleeping episodes Vee actually enters someone else and is able to see and hear exactly what they are doing at that moment. So when one of these slides causes her to witness a murder made out to look like a suicide Vee feels like she needs to uncover the truth.

It was nice to pick up a book that didn’t entirely focus on the main character’s love life. I felt that Jill Hathaway wrote Vee brilliantly. Here’s a female character that is not a social butterfly and is able to talk to guys without feeling the need to flirt with every single one of them. Her back story is a little tragic and yet is not there so people can pity her but rather so that they can understand why she behaves the way that she does.

‘Slide’ does a good job in keeping up the mystery and builds tension well. I found that the writing flows well and it was easy to connect with the characters and the emotions that they go through. Throughout the book we are presented with a series of suspects that all have potentials motives to murder and are emotions are toyed with as they are crossed off the list and then put back on it.

My only gripe with 'Slide' is that although there were a number of suspects I found that I had figure out what was going on before it was revealed and so spent the last part of the book waiting for Vee to catch up.

I’m very glad to hear there is a sequel to this book and look forward to diving once again into Vee’s world.

This book is fast paced and will make you want to read on. I would highly recommend this to anyone that is looking for something a little different and enjoys the paranormal/mystery genre.