Review: Slide by Jill Hathaway

April 9, 2012 Review 2 ★★★

Review: Slide by Jill HathawayRelease Date: Jill Hathaway
Title: Slide
Author: Jill Hathaway
Pages: 256
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Source: Publisher Provided
Available: Barnes and Noble
From the Publisher: 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 distant lately, 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.
3 Stars

First, this book made me realize that I need to re-evaluate my rating scheme. In the past, a 3 has been a book that I recognize as being a good book, but one that wasn’t particularly for me, a 4 was a book I really enjoyed, and a 5 was a book I couldn’t get enough of.

But that doesn’t leave any room for books like Slide - a book I enjoyed, but didn’t love. So I’m changing what a 3 means to me.

This book was a good book. It’s not my favorite genre – and I found the plot slightly cliche – but it wasn’t badly written, and I wanted to find out what was happening.

I did, however, find myself able to put this book down for long stretches of time – that’s something that almost never happens to books I give 4s and 5s to. This book wasn’t memorable. It didn’t grab ahold of me and keep me locked into the story the way I like my books to do.

Instead, it meandered along and was still waiting for me when I came back to it.

I wish Vee’s ability had been explored more. Instead of reading like a supernatural/paranormal thriller, it felt like a contemporary novel where the MC just happened to have this random ability. An ability that was never explored, merely used. The part where she realized she could actually control the person she slides into should have been a much larger part of the story.

This was yet another story where I found myself exasperated with the MC because of her secrecy and unwillingness to trust those around her – if she had only talked to Rollins about what was going on, things could have happened differently.

That’s one trend in entertainment that I simply don’t understand; why have a best friend if you can’t trust them with your life? It doesn’t make for good books/movies when the reaction from the audience is frustration.

Overall, it was a decent book. You shouldn’t run out to get it right now, but if you are looking for a light mystery, this one probably won’t disappoint.

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