Genre: Young Adult > Suspense > Paranormal
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.
Let me tell you how Slide irritated me in so many levels.
(1) Your sister got punched in the face by her best friend. In a few minutes, you see this best friend opening her locker with tears on her face. You asked her if there’s anything you can do to help her. REALLY?!!! You want to comfort her?!! I won’t be sympathetic to her. I would want to punch her in the face too! Knowing what she did to my sister.
(2) You have trust issues with your dad. Eventually, you have trust issues with your best friend. So you don’t confide in him that much. But you bare your soul to the new guy. You felt comfortable talking to him that confiding is really easy. Okay, now you trust someone you met days ago?!!! Unbelievable!
(3) You heard from your arch-nemesis that Sophie was with a teacher in his car. You now concluded that they might have an affair and he has a motive to kill Sophie. Oh, so gullible!
(4) You ask your best friend that whatever is bothering him, he can tell you. After all, you are best friends. But he said no. because it is too PERSONAL. Crap. What a BS friendship. Are you really friends?!!!
(5) You are panicked and worried that the killer might go after your sister soon. You can’t find her. Then, New Guy tells you softly, “I’m falling for you.”… WTF is that! Can you get any lamer? You should have shoved his pick-up line down his throat! How disgusting.
(6) You tried to tell your best friend about your sliding. When he asks you if you ever slid into him, you hesitantly told him yes. Then he yelled at you for violating him, even after you specifically told him sliding is accidental. Then he walks out on you. Tsk tsk tsk. Did I really just finish this book?
I love the premise, the whole sliding thing, i really do. But I want to hang the characters! Somebody hand me the noose, please.
I might read the sequel, Impostor, no matter how bad I felt after reading Slide. I will give this series another chance because I could not resist murder/mystery books. Sigh. If it still didn’t work out for the second time, poor me.
Imprint: Balzer + Bray
Pub Date: 03/27/2012
Thank you NetGalley and HarperCollins for granting my galley request.