Author: Jill Hathaway
Publish Date: Published March 27th 2012 by Balzer + Bray for HarperCollins
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.Slide is a unique story about a young girl trying to fit in while keeping a secret that she feels no one will believe her.
Vee tried to tell this secret to her doctor father when it started happening, and of course he didn’t believe her. He sent her to a shrink and had her put on medications which Vee obviously doesn’t take. Vee is always careful, trying not to “slide” but sometimes she has no control over it.
Vee finds herself in a middle of a mystery that she can’t share with others. Can she figure out the true nature of her sister’s friend’s death, to keep the community safe?
I love this unique paranormal mystery. The plot had my mind reeling, trying to figure it out, until it all is resolved at the end. I was totally caught off guard and NEVER expected the events that led to this ending, which was a complete fun, white-knuckled reading. I instantly fell for Rollins, was overly frustrated with Vee for not seeing what was in front of her, and secretly had a crush on Zane. This story has all the “right stuff” to keep your mind in motion.