Mar 20, 2012

Review: Slide by Jill Hathaway

Title: Slide
Author: Jill Hathaway
Publisher:  Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: 3.27.2012
Pages: 256
Genre: Paranormal, Mystery
Series: No
Source: ARC from publisher

Rating: A-

Summary (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.

It’s a shame there aren’t more books like this one. Jill Hathaway blew me away with the brilliant mixture of mystery, suspense, and romance. Once I started this book, I couldn’t stop. This is one of those books that you stay up until the early hours of the morning to finish because the tale gets so twisted and complex, you have no clue who the killer is. I love a mystery that can genuinely surprise me, and Slide delivered that in spades.

The novel is told through Vee’s point of view, which is imperative to the story. As a reader I was able to unravel the story with Vee, giving me just enough info to keep me guessing. My only issue with this book, though, is that I felt Vee tried a little to hard to be an individual. Maybe it’s just me, but I felt like she wore her individuality as a shield, and I sometimes struggled to connect with her.

Hathaway’s writing, however, is so vibrant and hypnotic, that any reservations I felt about Vee became inconsequential. This story is original and quick. I love the concept of “sliding” and that Hathaway took to time to explain it so I had no question about Vee’s ability and how it worked.

I love when the twist in the story is revealed and my jaw literally drops. This is that kind of book. You won’t see the end coming, and that made the ride all the sweeter. Hathaway is a truly gifted writer, and if you enjoy a thrilling murder mystery with a hint of romance? This is totally your book. Go grab it now!


  1. Great review =) I'm so glad you liked it. I'm not normally a mystery person, but for some reason I've been dying to read this one. I'm so happy it's out next week and I won't have to wait anymore. I like the concept behind this and it's good to know it's executed well (nothing worse than being confused for 75% of the book!).

  2. I loved that about Slide, too...that it wasn't obvious who the killer was. I definitely wish there were more books like this out there...great review! Oh, and I definitely agree...Vee was hard to connect with, but the writing more than made up for it.

  3. Thank you for the great review! I can't wait to read this one.

  4. I love books where you don't see the ending coming! Great review...*bumping this one up in my stack*


  5. Wonderful revies - I also love the unique concept of "sliding" and it's great that the narrative keeps you guessing. I hate when it's too obvious!

    Definitely on my TBR list now!

  6. Great review! This book sounds so good - it's been on my TBR list!! I can't wait to read it!

  7. Wow! What an awesome review! I love it when the reviewer loves a book so much that they can't stop reading it! That definitely makes me want to read it, too :D Thanks so much for sharing your opinion with us!
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  8. Slide sounds great! I love mysteries that keep me guessing.

  9. this is one that I really want to read, so thanks for the review! Glad you liked it.

  10. Sounds like a great book! Sometimes I have to stop reading cus lately so many books sound the same! This one sounds like it will keep me on my toes! :)

  11. This book sounds really good! I love a book with a good twist at the end. Thanks for the great review. (:

  12. Sounds like something I should read! Thanks for the review! =)

  13. Awesome review. I definitely want to read this!

  14. Oh wow, I love your review! Slide definitely looks awesome! :) Bumped up my TBR list instantly!

  15. This book sounds so so so awesome! I'm really intrigued by all of the deep, dark secrets that are surrounding Vee, and I'm really intrigued by the concept of sliding. I'm really interested to learn how this sliding happens.

    I've seen reviews for Slide all over the place, but in all honesty I just kind of glossed over them until I found your review. You've made me really want to read the book!

    - Jackie

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