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She sees through the eyes of a killer...Everyone thinks Vee is narcoleptic, but her secret condition is far more terrifying. When Vee passes out she slides into other people's minds and can see the world through their eyes. It's been happening for long enough that she thinks she's gotten a handle on it. But nothing prepares her for sliding into someone holding a bloody knife, standing over someone's body. Vee wishes she could share her secret, but who would believe her? She can't bring herself to tell her best friend, let alone the police. But when someone else ends up dead, Vee knows she must find a way to unmask the killer before they strike again. Slide is a killer read written with a brilliant and super-slick style that will leave you breathless.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 130 x 197 x 22mm | 210g
  • HarperCollins Children's Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0007446373
  • 9780007446377
  • 223,516

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"Jill Hathaway provides a fresh, vibrant voice to young adult literature. Skillfully filled with drama and tension, SLIDE is part mystery, part romance, and wholly engaging with its strong heroine and tornado-worthy twists. I simply could not put this book down." Laurie Stolarz, author of the DEADLY LITTLE SECRET series "Heartbreaking and heart-pounding at the same time! A wonderful, intense story, SLIDE had me hooked from the first moment Vee slid into someone else's mind. I stayed up way too late because I had to see how it ended." Cynthia Hand, author of the UNEARTHLY series "SLIDE consumed me. Intense and powerful. A mystery filled with romance and raw emotion. SLIDE is one of those extraordinary reads that stays with you long after you close the book." Sophie Jordan, author of the FIRELIGHT series "An intriguing whodunit." Kirkus "An emotionally taut mystery with depth." Publishers Weekly, starred review
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About Jill Hathaway

Jill Hathaway grew up in Iowa where she graduated from the University of Northern Iowa. She subsequently received her MA in Literature from Iowa State University and now teaches, writes and lives with her husband and small daughter in the Des Moines area.
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7,118 ratings
3.69 out of 5 stars
5 25% (1,783)
4 34% (2,386)
3 30% (2,140)
2 8% (591)
1 3% (218)

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(Source: Purchased on kindle from for only 99p!) 16-year-old Sylvia (Vee), suffers from narcolepsy, or so everyone believes. Instead, when Vee loses consciousness it's because she has 'Slid' into someone else's mind and can see what they are doing. Unfortunately she can't control what they are doing, or hear their thoughts though. Vee has been coping with this problem by simply taking a lot of caffeine tablets, but the sliding is becoming more and more frequent. The only thing Vee can do to combat this, other than taking the caffeine tablets is to make sure she doesn't touch anything belonging to another person as this seems to trigger the sliding. One night Vee slides and finds herself in the body of someone with a knife in their hand, standing over the dead body of a girl that Vee recognises - her sister's friend Sophie. Who can Vee confide in though? Who would believe her? Or should she try to work out who the killer is on her own? This story had a very interesting premise, but it wasn't anywhere near as thrilling as the blurb suggested. Vee was a bit of a wishy-washy character. She had very few friends, and had no idea what to do with the information she had, so she basically did nothing. While this may be a realistic reaction to accidentally seeing someone get murdered, it doesn't really make for an edge of your seat thrill ride. This 'sliding' as Vee called it had been going on for a long time, several years it seemed, yet Vee had no clue what to really do about it other than to not touch things belonging to other people, and to take multiple caffeine pills (which as a friend pointed out - she took way too many of - to the point where she could have easily put herself into cardiac arrest). After at least 3 years of this sliding, you would have expected her to have tried to use her sliding in some way, or to see if she could slide into a specific person etc. only she seemed to have done nothing other than try to stop it. Again; not exactly a thrilling tale. Vee was obviously upset over seeing Sophie murdered, but for me, telling no-one was not the right thing to do. Especially considering that this was someone she knew fairly well, and someone that her sister knew even better. The murder mystery part was also a little dull for me. From the blurb I expected a gripping, thrilling mystery, and instead we just got Vee basically doing nothing other than speculating. There were a couple of likely candidates for the position for murderer - a girl who made fun out of Sophie, a guy who had had sex with her, and another possible lover too, but there was very little to go on, and no obvious culprit. By the 75% mark I just wanted to know already, and I was getting pretty tired of wondering who did it. In the end the murderer was not easy to guess at, but not for any clever reason, just because the murderer barely featured in the book at all. It was kinda like someone conversationally telling you at a bus stop 'they caught that killer you know; he lived next door to my best friends hairdresser.'; mildly entertaining, but not exactly nail-biting. Otherwise the ending was okay, though not exactly happy, and like the rest of the story was pretty mediocre. Overall; a less than thrilling, paranormal YA murder mystery. 6.5 out of more
by Sarah Elizabeth
I was hooked to this book within the first few pages, so much so that I didn't want to sleep before I finish reading it. It was simply mind-blowing. The concept is novel and not too paranormal to veer me away from it. I wanted to know what would happen next. The writing is simple and crisp. The characters nicely etched out. And kudos to the author for the concept. Till mid-length, the book is amazing and I thought it would be taking a place in my favorites shelf, but that was not to be. After the first half, the book went downhill for me. There was too much going on, a few inconsistencies or lapses here and there. I like my mysteries sharp and clean. And though this one kept me guessing till a fairly good point, the mystery didn't do it for me. It raised too many questions that couldn't be answered by the book. The book was so good to begin with and it just frustrates me that the mystery wasn't good enough in the end. This book had the beginnings of a really good book but in the end it turned out to be just average for me. However, since this is the author's first book, I find it to be a good enough start and would love to read her future more
by Pragya
I think Slide was my first YA book read this year, and I really enjoyed it! Vee is interesting. She's narcoleptic and fall sleep pretty easily when she doesn't want, but also, she slides. When she's touching an object someone connected, she slides into them and see what they are doing. It's pretty cool but also very disturbing, because usually people is doing personal stuff, like kissing or taking a bath, and Vee has to see everything. But it's an interesting ability when you are trying to discover who is behind the murder of Sophie, a sweet girl who was best friend with Vee's sister. Police says it was suicide, but Vee knows she was killed... I thought Slide was refreshing, original and I really liked that Vee was the protagonist of this story, not the romance. She's brave and strong. BTW, there is romance, but a very normal teenager romance. But there were so many other important aspects of the story, like who is really the killer (I suspected from everyone), or what is Vee's father hiding, or Rollins's secrets... Overall, I really liked Slide. The twists were amazing, and I kind of connected with Vee. I only wished the ending wasn't so rushed, and I wanted more explanations. Why? I was surprised, and it isn't easy to surprise me. So yes, I recommend it if you want to read a good more
by Maria Guajardo (GABY)
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