Wednesday 1 February 2012

A Review for Slide (Slide #1) by Jill Hathaway

Posted by Donna
Expected Published Date: March 1st, 2012
Finished Date: February 1st, 2012
Source: ARC, For Review 
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
The Blurb from Goodreads: 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.

The Review: Slide is an intense, exciting and thrilling novel by debut author Jill Hathaway and overall a really enjoyable read.

This story follows the life of Vee, a young girl who lives with her father and sister after her mother passes away at a young age. Vee appears to be a normal girl but she is nothing of the sorts. When Vee touches anything that has an emotional connection to any other living thing or person, she can slide into the other person’s mind and see what their doing at exactly that same moment in time. Vee hates this gift she has but it’s uncontrollable and when she starts sliding into the mind of a killer, she is soon on a mission to solve who is killing her sister’s friends. While Vee is trying to save people, can she be saved herself?

I really enjoyed this book and it was a very quick read for me. With it only being 253 pages I went through it within a matter of hours and even though it was a quick read, it was a good one too. I believe Jill Hathaway did a great job creating that perfect mix of paranormal and contemporary aspects into the book and even added the thrilling story line too because everything worked so well together.  I have to say I was a little bit scared in parts of this book too. Try putting yourself in Vee’s shoes - sliding into the mind of random person. That alone sounds scary enough but try sliding into the mind of a killer and seeing the murder take place….freaky stuff! 

A highlight for me during this story was the characters. I really liked them especially Vee & Zane. I loved them as a couple and how their relationship happened so quickly. It didn’t feel forced but it was at a good pace so I was sad with the overall outcome of their relationship in the end. I won’t go into any more details because I don’t want to spoil it for you but I was sad. Now Rollins, I liked him but I didn’t think as a reader I got to know him as much as I could have. I could see the problems between him and Vee and it was quite clear he was in love with her, I just think Zane kind of stole the show and I would have liked more Vee and Rollins time, just to completely understand their relationship. I guess with that twist at the end it automatically clears everything up for the next book and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next.

Overall, Jill Hathaway has created an enjoyable and thrilling ride with Slide. I didn’t love it but I enjoyed it enough to want to pick up the next book in the series.

Thank you the HarperCollins UK for sending me a copy for review. 


sonia said...

Think I'll pick it up. I could use something freaky in my life right now...

Sam (Realm of Fiction) said...

Great review, Donna! I enjoyed this quite a bit, but it wasn't perfect for me either. I would have loved to see more Rollins in this, too! But I agree that this was a thrilling read. :)

Andrea @ Cozy Up said...

Oh this sounds interesting, I thought it was just a contemporary novel but wow was I wrong! Great review :) Can't wait to look into this one.

Erin W. said...

Great review. I thought this book was an 'alright' read but I get what you mean about less Rollins/Vee time . . . THAT was what I wanted to see more of.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

Great review..i am scheduled to review this sometime this month

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