Pub. Date: 1st March 2012 (UK) 27th March 2012 (US)
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books (UK) Balzer + Bray (US)
Series: Slide (#1)
Readership: Young adult
Vee has a unbelievable secret: she has been officially diagnosed as suffering from narcolepsy, but instead of falling asleep during her episodes, she slides into another person’s mind and watches their experiences through their own eyes. Vee has gotten used to having these episodes, but she gets the shock of her life when she slides into an unknown person’s mind, and watches them hover over the body of Sophie, her sister’s best friend – silent, bloody, dead. The cause of death is judged to be suicide, but Vee is tenacious and is desperate to reveal the truth.
Slide is an extremely fast-paced and enjoyable thriller. After only 50 pages I had been exposed to so much and I was reading it intensely. It’s one of those reading experiences that makes me sigh at that thought of getting off the bus and going to work – I wanted to keep on reading. At only 250 pages, it’s not a highly detailed thriller full of multiple layers, but it isn’t meant to be. Jill Hathaway does not purely focus on the murder – although it is, of course, the main plot – but also on human relationships. I loved reading about Vee’s emotional conflicts, about the strained relationship she has with her younger sister and her mostly-absent father. We learn that her mother is deceased and that Vee deeply misses her. We learn that her schoolmates have some terrible secrets of their own. Slide allows the reader to feel empathy for the most surprising of characters.
Slide is an extremely entertaining yet poignant novel. I had expected something else entirely from the ending, and so I was disappointed a little, but it’s worth reading for the exciting murder mystery, and for Vee, who I thought was an excellent main character. It can also be read as a standalone even though it’s part of a series, which is refreshing.
Thank you HarperCollins Children’s Books for providing this book for review!