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.
Honestly, I hadn’t given Slide much thought. I probably would have never read it if it weren’t for Shannon at Stalking the Bookshelves gushing about it and loaning it to me. I decided to jump right in. It’s short read and I thought I would get through it quickly, but that wasn’t really the case. For me it was a slow read, but I enjoyed it.
Vee Bell can slide into other people. She passes out–usually at a very inopportune moment–and then finds herself in another person’s head. She has no control over their actions or the length of time she’s there. This was an interesting concept even though it wasn’t a completely new one. It reminded me a lot of Janie in the Wake trilogy. I liked Vee. She was interesting and she wasn’t one dimensional either. I do think she made some bad decisions but they were crucial to the plot.
I wasn’t a huge fan of the writing. This is a debut and I feel like it kind of shows. There’s was a lot of telling and not showing. I also felt like the pace was pretty slow. But these things didn’t stop me from enjoying the book. I was glued until the end. Slide kept me guessing and I’m looking forward to more from Jill Hathaway.