Review: Slide by Jill Hathaway

Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: 2012
Format: paperback, 256 pp
Rating: 4/5

Summary
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 find 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…

Review
Slide is the kind of story you wish you’d written yourself. The idea of entering someone else’s mind is not a new one, but the angle Hathaway gives to Vee’s ‘gift’ is original. She is forced to take a back seat in other people’s lives unable to control where, when or who she slides into. Her sense of helplessness is only amplified when she is the only person who knows a girl’s ‘suicide’ is actually murder but has no way to prove it without putting the blame on herself. It’s this kind of uncontrollable situation that makes Vee likeable. Her resolution to uncover the truth never wavers, which is a great trait to aspire to, though this perhaps makes her less believable as a character.

Hathaway definitely knows how to spin a plot. Her red herrings are convincing, love triangles slightly deviate from the norm and insights into unseen eyes are tantalising. I must admit, the culprit was on my suspect list, though I never in a million years could have guessed their motive or connection with the victims.

Great concept, great book, just not as great as some, so this gets a solid four stars.

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