July 12, 2012

REVIEW: 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.

Even though it's only 250 pages (exactly), Hathaway manages to have you embroiled in the plot, invested in the characters and intrigued as to what is going to happen within the first chapter. What's so enjoyable about Slide is that it combines multiple genre aspects, making it appealing to readers of mystery and contemporary, while at the same time adding in a dash of romance. 

Each aspect of the book was enjoyable, the mystery was sound and I found myself making a few predictions - some that came true and some that really didn't. I also thought it was a bit reminiscent of the movie Scream, with Neve Campbell, in some aspects. I have never read a book with narcolepsy being the backing for the plot before, so I was excited because it was a really cool concept. I thought that it was used well, and Hathaway's take on it was original and gave the book another dimension.

There were red herrings that invaded all aspects of the plot, some obvious, some not so, and this use of so many distractions just amplified the feeling that you were in Vee's head. I thought that it was really clever and made you relate to Vee and her confusion on a subconscious level. The elements of the genre were used cleverly within the story. 

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I thought that the new love interest turning out to be the killer was a really clever play on the contemporary genre and how the protagonists usually fall blindly in love with this guy that they have just met; completely trusting them for no good reason. Once again, reminding me of Scream with the ending.

If you enjoy a mystery, contemporary novel with a protagonist that does not wimper at every turn, and/or are a female aged around 13-17, then I think that you will enjoy Slide. 

1 comment:

Twitch said...

I really like the look of this, sounds so cool!

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