March 25, 2012

Review of Slide by Jill Hathaway

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.

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**This book was provided to us by the publisher for an honest review. 
We were in no way paid for our opinion.  **

If you’re looking for a quick read that will hold your attention throughout the whole book, Slide would be it. Not only was the premise of the book intriguing, but add in the completely addictive smooth flowing writing style of Jill Hathaway, and you’ve got a sure hit.
What was really interesting about this story, was that the identity of the murderer is not revealed until the end of the story. Who doesn’t love a good mystery to solve? I was trying to guess who did it, and was actually surprised with how the story turns out. Although there are parts in the book where the series of events were predictable, the identity of the killer was interwoven into the pages like a professional.
Another part that I really enjoyed about Slide was the many different songs that are mentioned…many of which I absolutely adore! I mean, come on…Smashing Pumpkins?! LOVE! If you don’t know the most awesome music styling’s of this group, you better get on it. I could hear so many of the songs playing in my head a I was reading…each song picked perfectly to match the mood.
Hathaway did a very convincing job of explaining and showing the reader just what “sliding” is, and does an awesome job of twisting the story to allow us a rare glimpse into the eyes of the person of which main character, Vee Bell, has slid into. Not only is Vee such great character to read about, but all the other characters that we are introduced to are equally unforgettable…Sophie, Zane, Rollins to name but a few.
It’s also very apparent that Hathaway has poured a lot of personality into these characters. Not only are we looking for a murderer, but we are also shown the world of suicide and what the cause and effect of this does to the characters in Slide. Hathaway also did a great job of showing us the flipside of being unpopular after being a part of the “in crowd”, and in conjunction with that, she sure can write a totally convincing “mean girl”.  As well, she totally pulled on my heartstrings with the thoughts and views of a child after the death of a parent, and the impact it has on them and the rest of the family.
Fans of Lisa McMann’s wake series will totally love fall head over heels in love with Slide, and will also find a new favorite author with Jill Hathaway.


  1. kimba88

    I really enjoyed this and author Jill Hathaway is such a sweetie. Loved your thoughts

  2. elena

    Slide is definitely a quick read! I think the concept of sliding is really cool and it was interesting to see how Jill Hathaway did it. Great review!

  3. Jennifer

    Lisa McMann is one of my fav authors. I'll definitely be giving Slide a try. Thanks for the rec.

  4. Megan

    This book sounds cool. I haven't read a mystery in ages!

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