Published: Balzer + Bray (3/27/12)
Series: Book #1
GR Summary: 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.
My Thoughts: Oh man. I called that ending halfway through the book. I really wanted this book to be a compelling murder mystery with at least a tiny shred of thrilling romance. So many things fell flat for me, but here are the big three:
1. Predictability. I knew who was guilty from midway through, like I said. The clues were so obvious. There were some characters thrown in to try and divert the attention away from the perpetrator, but either I'm the world's most brilliant detective or something wasn't done right.
2. I have more questions than answers. What exactly IS "sliding?" Why does it happen? What's the backstory? Why does it just so happen that Vee can slide at the EXACT moment that is required to solve her mystery? (HOW LUCKY! But seriously, no one is THAT lucky.)
3. Complete disconnection. I could not at all connect with Vee. I don't know a thing about her, other than she has a sister and a father and a best friend Rollins. She likes astronomy and she slides. I wanted so badly to know her, but I feel like she's more like an acquaintance that I say "hey, thank God it's Friday, right?!" to every week at work, rather than someone whose head I just spent 256 pages in.
That being said, this book did have promise. I thought the idea of sliding was brilliant. I just wish I understood WHY things happened. It was all tell, no show. The mystery (before I cracked the case) was rather exciting and I couldn't wait to find out whodunnit. This book, I'm sure, will keep some people's hearts pounding up through the end, but this won't be one I'd recommend for anyone who is looking for some serious mindfudgery.
EDIT: Since writing this review, I've done a little research and this apparently will be a series. Hopefully that will provide more insight to the entire concept of "sliding." I still don't feel compelled to invest myself further into this story, but for those of you who are on the fence, perhaps this will give you a little hope for closure.